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  1. The CAA has "postholder" requirements for various roles in aviation. The qualifications are not always formal but the CAA has the last word on whether, or not, the person is "fit" to be a postholder. An aerodrome director is a postholder position.
  2. It isn’t an island problem; it is everywhere. Property prices in Gloucestershire have risen over 20% in the past year. Cheap money and agents ramping up the market are mainly to blame. People are reassessing where, and how, they want to live and tiny, dark homes with no outside space are not it. Mortgage rates are so low it ain’t funny and borrowing an extra couple of hundred grand is noproblem for people moving out of the big cities. When you compare the situation with 1990, don’t forget that mortgage rates were around 13% then! A hike in base rate would simply wipe everyone, and everything out now.
  3. Every year around 40,000 people pass their HGV test in the UK. For just over a year no tests were conducted. How many drivers are we now short? I echo what everyone has said about crap wages, even worse conditions and unrealistic expectations. No way would you get me doing that job (thought I do have a Class 1 licence). Businesses in the UK are run in disgustingly short-term fashion. The government encourages the “grab the money and run” mentality over building a truly “sustainable” business. Pigeons home to roost.......
  4. The main one being the cost of getting across the irish Sea........and the shortage of good hotels.
  5. Home was not suitable - stairs and rooms to small for wheelchair use. Overnight care was £230 per night (agency) plus daycare (multiple visits at 15 mins per visit) then cleaners. All plus the need for a live in relative to cook/shop/launder and the costs of the actual house and bills. Why is it not possible for the state to manage these services and those who have to pay could get a better deal? As well as paying the staff a better wage................
  6. There will never be enough money to pay for social care. A relative is in a (very nice) residential home in the UK at a cost of £9,000 a month. This includes all the nursing care and night cover required. At over £100k per year she simply could never have paid enough tax or NI to cover it. That’s before you start on disbility care, mental health etc fir people who probably pay no (or little) contributions.
  7. The universe is in flux - big bang theory? It changes constantly. How do we stop that? Who has decided the point in time that we stop all these changes? The whole thing is hugely arrogant to decide that man can rule the universe. That said, we should strive to live cleanly and economically to preserve the enviroment and keep our lives pleasant.
  8. The only way to make driving totally "safe" is to ban it. While you are at it, why not ban cigarettes, alcohol, meat, sugar, bicycling, rock climbing etc, etc? The island would then be very safe indeed - because nobody would ever go there! You might not actually live any longer, bit it will sure as heck feel like it.
  9. To attract students from afar you need a specialism.............that takes time to build and requires specialist staff. I can’t see that the IOM has anything special to market. Marine biology might have been a good one; plenty of water around but where are you going to find somebody to run it? You also need good transport links...............
  10. UK residents are Inheritance taxed on worldwide assets. The only way to avoid this is to actually be IOM resident.
  11. Hardly surprising, is it? Governments all over the world are short of cash and looking at lowered incomes for the foreseeable. Tests cost money and don't really add much to the picture - unless you are Australia and only have a handful of "cases". Have we ever tested, tracked, traced, sequenced any other cold/flu bug in this way?
  12. That was before we had a vaccine and it mopped up all the vulnerable rather more quickly than their existing conditions might have. Currently deaths are below average - presumably because of the increase last year. In winter 2017/18 around 22,000 people died of flu - presumably most of the vulberable were vaccinated but they still died. That evens out to 60 people per day through a year. The NHS was overworked, as usual in the winter. Nobody batted an eyelid and the media didn’t bang on about it. If the vaccine isn’t going to solve this crisis the world is in bigger trouble than covid. Way bigger.
  13. In the UK 10,000-30,000 people die of flu. Every year. In spite of a tried and tested vaccination system that targets the most vulnerable. Most of these are elderly and have co-morbidities - so, presumably, have been vaccinated. Thats 30-80 people every day of the year. The NHS is routinely overwhelmed by seasonal fluctuations and never seems to have planned for it. Post viral syndrome is also familiar and hits many young people. We probably just don't notice in the older population since we "expect" them to suffer worse health overall. We have no idea how many "cases" of flu may be around at any time because we don't test for them and take no particular precaustions to stop the spread. In fact the "blitz spirit" is encouraged and isolation not generally recommended. Will we treat covid in this way? Will we be allowed to?
  14. AIUI the French positive figures include their overseas territories. When broken down the delta cases are almost all in the overseas areas, not the mainland.
  15. Sorry. Perhaps not explained very well. It is getting quite common for public companies to buy back shares. They do this for various reasons but one is that reducing the number of shares increases their eps and makes them look “better” - hopefully driving the share prices higher. Using this as a way to distribute available cash is one thing, but borrowing to do it strikes me as “gaming the system” and should not be allowed. Company borrowing used to be limited to things necessary to run the company; manipulating the share price is not necessary and distributions can be made the traditional way of declaring dividends.
  16. It’s more complication when what’s needed is more simplification. Simple rules have far fewer loopholes and make planning easier. Constantly moving goalposts benefit nobody but the really big companies and their financial advisors. Taxing one sort of company more than another skews competition and pushes people towards lower taxed enterprises for careers, investment and shareholding. I think the IOM’s basic idea of encouraging profits to be paid to shareholders and taxed in their hands is a good one. Individuals are far easier to tax and companies could keep a proportion of their profits (tax free) to reinvest. They could also get tough on allowing things like interest on loans to buy back shares; that’s not a business function , it’s gaming.
  17. Anybody who, truly, cannot have the vaccinations must be very vulnerable to all sorts of bugs. They will have to either accept the risks and get out there or choose to live a pretty enclosed and limited life. My question to them (and others) would be, what have they done until now? Worn masks in flu season? Avoided contact with children? Kept out of crowded places?
  18. I was in Texas two months ago and everything was open, no masks. I have friends currently in Florida, visiting Disney with family.......packed, no masks.
  19. The USA is reporting less daily "cases" than the UK.............believable? Most of the USA is open for business and acting "normally". Except, of course, they won't let us filthy British in.
  20. The Irish are, apparently, binning 400,000 doses of Astra Zeneca. Any takers? I could pop over in my airplane and deliver them to Ronaldsway...............
  21. Interesting social doublethink; being drunk seems to be a mitigating argument for many crimes but will hang you if you are caught driving.
  22. Probably not. I’ve been perfectly happy to use it for years.
  23. It’s not only Airbuses that use Ronaldsway. 03/21 is very useful for smaller stuff when the winds are strong and more northerly/southerly.
  24. At first glance the whole thing seems like a dream for big accounting companies. More wooly rules with potential for vast loopholes while governments are seen to be “ doing something” about the “ tax problem”. The numbers behind the profit accounting will be far too complex to scrutinise properly and the opportunity for double counting (or triple, or more) overheads and expenses when calculating those profits are huge. Currently it looks like only a few, really big, companies are being targeted but, once established, everyone will be subject to the same rules. Something else to stop small firms growing organically..............
  25. As we do now - the seller charges VAT (or equivalent). But companies are not the subject of spending taxation; only the end consumer pays (as is always the case). All this smoke and mirrors, trying to persuade the man in the street that "somebody else" is paying the tax is just pointless!
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