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Chris C

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  1. And despite a vaccine being readily and cheaply available a vast majority of people don't even bother being immunised. As for stopping the TT, you only have to look as far back as 2001 to see how effective that was - loads of people came anyway. The chances are the virus will have peaked long before then anyway, or at least mutated into something less likely to kill you, not that it is particularly likely to kill you now, even if you are unfortunate enough to catch it.
  2. Indeed you did - the wrong one.
  3. You're putting words in my mouth. I implied that most accidents are caused by driver error and suggested 5 yearly tests as a possible way of reducing them.
  4. Thank God for that, I was begininng to wonder where bears actually do shit and how the Pope had managed to hide his Protestant secret from the Vatican for so long.
  5. Will it make the world a better place for others though? Or is it just another erosion of personal freedom? Does our lack of national speed limit really make the roads any less safe? Does our lack of MOT? I do an average around 12K miles on the island every year and have done for most of the last 35 years. Does it feel less safe on the road here than else where? I don't think it does. I personally think it is an unecessary move. If you want to make the roads safer then I'd be all for tackling the main cause of accidents - by having yearly or 5 yearly driving tests, perhaps proceeded by a course. We're in real danger of sleepwalking into a smaller but similarly over regulated version of the UK in the assumption they are typical in world terms and somewhere to be aspired to - in many, many cases they are neither. Perhaps we need to start casting the net wider when recruiting senior civil service and other government positions if importing experts is really necessary in the first place. In the case of emissions - there are more effective ways to cut vehicle emissions than a national speed limit. Sort out the shitstorm that our public transport system has become in the last ten years (ironically enough due to a similar attempt to Anglophi it). Or perhaps increase fuel tax?/ tax vehicles on performance rather than the half arsed system at the moment?
  6. Not between 4 and 6 on a weekday he didn't - because of an internal problem in his house which is nothing to do with his internet provider.
  7. Misleading as in "generally true to the data on the NASA website, but the scale of the affected areas is a little exaggerarted due to the render's glow" I'm sure the 2000 homeowners left homeless and the billion animals killed will be relieve to hear that things aren't so bad after all.
  8. Climate change is going to be a massive problem for the future of mankind and I really do think it is a positive thing that the Manx Government are at least talking about doing their bit to mitigate it, whether any action will come out of it is another thing. What is striking from Prof Curran's report though is what a half hearted piece of work it is. How long have we waited for this and how much have we peid for it? Take for example public transport. This as far and I can see is the easiest, cheapest and most effective way to immediately reduce our carbon emmissions - get people using reliable, frequent and cheap (ideally free) public transport. Here's what Prof Curran has to say about it in his report; 1.2. On the Isle of Man the primary form of public transport is a whole island bus service (Bus Vannin), provided by the Transport Services Division of the Isle of Man Government Department of Infrastructure (DOI). 1.3. A heritage railway does operate but journey times, cost and frequency make them unviable as regular public transport options as they exist today. A further piece of work to understand the operating costs and options available to develop the Isle of Man Railway network into a valuable public transport system should be undertaken. 1.4. The UK Parliamentary Report into bus services in England outside London, published in May 2019, reported that people’s choice of transport is influenced by convenience, frequency, reliability, journey length and cost. 1.5. A sample research exercise undertaken in the Isle of Man provided an indication that residents identified with those same issues. 1.6. This report considers further exploration and action that may need to be taken to address these issues and any other barriers identified. 1.7. The improvement of real time customer information through personal digital devices and public digital screens at key bus stops would increase the level of information available for customers, complementing the existing telephone information line. 1.8. Ticketing information needs to be simplified and payment methods easier. Feedback has shown that it is not always clear how a passenger can pay their fare, and if they can use cash on a bus whether they must provide correct change. 1.9. Consideration should be given to how a simple and reduced pricing structure could encourage people to use public transport. Retaining the requirement to pay, but overcoming the barriers of a complex pricing structure and multiple methods of payment would reduce confusion for customers. Options include the introduction of a single travel card and the continued development of contactless card payments. 107 Work Package 14 IMPACT Report Appendix 25(a) GD 2019/0102 1.10. It may also be valuable to consider a trial or a campaign to measure the true impact of implementing free travel. 1.11. Timetable improvements could bring the greatest increase in passenger numbers, with feedback on the complexity and inconvenience of the current timetable indicating these are significant barriers. No shit Sherlock! The money we collectively spend monthly in wages on politicians and senior civil servants and yet we still have to pay someone to come up with work of this quality to give them direction! It reads like a piece of homework that's been done on the bus FFS. If someone had tried to charge me for producing such a half hearted statement of the bleeding obvious dressed up as some insightful, specialist knowledge I'd tell them where they could stick it.
  9. Quite, it's just a bunch of halfwits playing environmental politics. Otherwise why do other environmentally friendly forms of transport pay disproportionately high road tax? Low CC motorcycles for example, and why are they so reluctant to improve, reduce price of public transport (buses)? Also, why is it invariably and considerably cheaper to fly overseas from the island's Government owned airport as opposed to sailing there on the Government owned ferry company? If the Manx Government were really serious about the environment, they would offer small environmental incentives that were open to all, rather than huge ones to the few people who are well heeled enough to afford an electric vehicle.
  10. This is the biggest load of deluded nonsense I've ever heard. Billionaires don't generate economic activity. They're not some kind of benevolent super human who mercifully allow the hoi polloi to live in return for giving up most of their waking hours working. The economic activity is generated by the people actually doing the work, and is disproportionately rewarded to the billionaire who generates nothing but a wealth shortage amongst these true economic activity generators. Your opinion is symptomatic of the "tail wagging the dog" economic model that sees poverty continue in a world of plenty and is well on the way toward planetary destruction - with apparently far too many greed motivated vested interests to do anything about it.
  11. This is the kind of rhetoric you'd expect from a man who believes it is illegal to take your car to the UK, and that he is the only one that has noticed.
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