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GaryPotter

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  1. I think this is really cruel on Allan. He was only sending his condolences whatever you might think. Which is the proper thing to do.
  2. They should have had Rick Allen on drums and really blown it up.
  3. My intention wasn't to insult you. That's just how it looked and I thought it was a softer word to use. As I said I'm butting out. Everyone else in this thread seems to have been given the whip end of your cocky rudeness and I have better things to do looking at the length of this thread. Like Albert I do believe party politics has a chance here and would be effective. We just seem to have some strange allegiance to 'independents' which is illogical as if you're going to have a fight you don't take on the whole room yourself unless you can call for reinforcements PDQ which is exactly what a party is. Online polls can be too easily manipulated. A party has a whole structure around it which seems to work well and at least projects common values that all broadly believe in.
  4. I accept everything you say. The reason I find MGP more annoying is that the inconvenience seems more than TT - usually because the weather is worse and the clerk of the course seems content to keep everything held up in half hour intervals rather than abandoning the day - and there is less of a payoff for non-bike fans. I quite like TT, even though I am busier, because of all the other entertainment and the whole festival atmosphere. To me MGP is an annoying non-event. I agree. All the daily hassle of the TT without even the chance of a live band, a dirty burger, and a pint of Bushy's in compensation.
  5. I would certainly support a political party more than this mumbo jumbo Albert. I just don't get it. Yes, because that's working so well isn't it. I forgot. As I said I'm butting out now as this thread is a train wreck and people who seem to disagree with you seem to get insulted quite a lot. I liked Alberts point though. It's down to political parties to frame policies and opinions and test them with their members and with their members supporters. A sole megalomaniac framing his own questions to support his own views and then getting people to endorse them via the www is truly frightening. If that is your view of the future I'm well and truly out. I'd rather see a party system come in as with something like Manx Labour I know what I'm getting in terms of beliefs and policies.
  6. I would certainly support a political party more than this mumbo jumbo Albert. I just don't get it.
  7. This thread is a mess and I'm going to regret this but I can't help but question that statement. It sounds incredibly arrogant to me that you think you can see things the public can't see and so you can't be bothered standing for election. It suggests you think most of the public are idiots and you can't be bothered representing their stupid views as they don't align with your claimed superior knowledge. If that is the case why are you setting up this democracy website which asks them what they want if you don't seem to respect those views enough to represent them in Tynwald? You seem to have misunderstood. I see problems. I could stand on the basis of resolving those problems, but if other people don't see them why would I want to represent them? More importantly, if they don't want to engage in resolving them I'm going to spend the next 5 years fighting a loosing battle. Why would I do that? I'm sorry I'll butt out of this now to avoid another train wreck page. That just reads as arrogant in the extreme. I'm sorry but it does, So you want everyone to agree with you before you can be bothered representing them? I'm sure Saddam Hussain believed the same. Are you proposing to get everyone to agree with you by brain washing them via a website where all the polls are scripted to deliver an outcome that aligns with your view on a subject?
  8. They are. That's not fair I don't think that is true at all. I just don't get what James is saying above. If that is what he believes there would seem to be no point to what he is doing as it doesn't have an end objective. He says he doesn't want a job in politics because he thinks the public are clueless and he doesn't want to waste his time even bothering until they are all aligned. So is he suggesting this democracy site simply exists for him to convert the public over to his superior views through him creating the scripts for votes they will cast? That's just brain washing isn't it?
  9. This thread is a mess and I'm going to regret this but I can't help but question that statement. It sounds incredibly arrogant to me that you think you can see things the public can't see and so you can't be bothered standing for election. It suggests you think most of the public are idiots and you can't be bothered representing their stupid views as they don't align with your claimed superior knowledge. If that is the case why are you setting up this democracy website which asks them what they want if you don't seem to respect those views enough to represent them in Tynwald?
  10. Less the Bilderberg Group, and more the Build A Bear Group.
  11. It's part of a conspiracy to make the MGP as annoying and inconvenient for commuters and local businesses as the TT is.
  12. I'm quite liking Rob Callisters campaign so far. He might have me changing my mind yet. I was just reading the hilarious spat between him and Buster on IOM News and Politics where he told Buster he was toxic and he didn't want his support in the election and wouldn't be answering his questions on Facebook as he didn't want the Douglas East debacle tainting him. I think that was a good call.
  13. This is such a sad situation and I can't even look at the news without feeling overwhelming sadness. I do agree with you though. The EU is too meek in dealing with this. It needs to be dealt with hard and the people putting up Facebook profiles are wasting their time. They'd be better signing up for the TA or the security services and helping weed out these people and kill them.
  14. Who in a recession wakes up and says "You know what I really want to earn an administrators salary for having the crap kicked out of me by absolutely everyone I know for inevitably being useless at whatever I decide to do"? The Island is in a complete mess. Who would take that amount of money to have the crap kicked out of them by everyone because of 30 years worth of terrible decisions made by those who have had an easy ride for decades. It's a complete no brainier, which is probably why a lot of people coming forward seem to have no brain. I'd hope I have some sort of a brain in there somewhere but I can understand the frustrations. Personally I'm not a salary driven person and don't need to do this for any financial reason. I've always been more motivated by doing a good job to the best of my ability, as long as I am fairly paid for the effort I put in then I am satisfied. I think the salary on offer is an indication of the level of candidate which our Civil Service want to fill the positions of MHK? It's a middle management level, attracting people who they think they, as Chief Executives can control and keep in line. If the salary was on a par with theirs, they may attract experienced Senior Managers which may make life a little uncomfortable? There's no doubt that there are some immense challenges facing the next government and I just hope that all the candidates are in a position to face up to them should they be elected. I didn't mean it as an insult to all so please don't take it that way. Especially in your case. I was more saying that it's a lot of flack to take for that sort of wage. Particularly, as you say, when you have Chief Executives on three times that and other civil servants who are the real problem and who will make effective change almost impossible to deliver.
  15. I think charging a base fee to see a doctor would erode a lot of the time wasted on people who've basically got fuck all wrong with them. I agree with that. Provided it doesn't cost them more to administer and account for the fee than the actual fee. It would certainly stop people wasting Drs time by not turning up.
  16. Surely it's just the decent thing to do?
  17. Who in a recession wakes up and says "You know what I really want to earn an administrators salary for having the crap kicked out of me by absolutely everyone I know for inevitably being useless at whatever I decide to do"? The Island is in a complete mess. Who would take that amount of money to have the crap kicked out of them by everyone because of 30 years worth of terrible decisions made by those who have had an easy ride for decades. It's a complete no brainier, which is probably why a lot of people coming forward seem to have no brain.
  18. I must log in there and have a look. But judging by the FB work of his supporters the reply will probably be another poll asking people how they think he should reply. If you do be careful as their T & Cs look a bit dodgy against the Data Protection Act to me. In fact I'm not sure they really comply as the full T & C's don't seem to be explicitly disclosed as an integral part of the sign up process. Thanks for the tip off. I might register and then raise that with the Data Protection Commission today.
  19. Just remember where direct democracy gets us to - things like the Brexit. If you can get enough angry people wound up and acting on poorly constructed arguments that nobody seems to be responsible for mediating you too can radically make the world a much worse place - just because you have a lot of time on your hands! It's just Internet and media idiot mob rule. Yet again the stunningly arrogant view that everyone who voted to come out of Europe is ignorant and stupid. Mabye those who wished to stay in are stunningly superior of attitude and greedy of nature. The behavior in London screams out that like the England Football team there is no pride in the land they live in. Just a means to vast wealth , for themselves. It's a huge mixed up situation with the Tory's to a great extent on the same side as many of the Unions in the wish to stay in Europe. I truly don't understand it all , and don't really want to . I will be more than happy to have closer ties to Eire, Scotland and Wales in the future as the UK continues to fall apart. You seem to have a large inferiority complex when it comes to your (wrong) assumptions about other peoples' wealth. I used the example as an example of a failed direct democracy experiment. I wasn't making any other point other than that. You really need to reign in that colossal chip on your shoulder.
  20. On the one hand Big Al might be proud to have a twink, but the stories I hear in the community do indicate a potent combination of fondness for getting utterly slaughtered and mental wellbeing problems. Sad in many ways, and only on the edge of public interest, but drink driving (a la Tony Wild) is unacceptable. Nobody is immune from having personal problems or having a chaotic personal life. The relationship issues are nobody's business, the drunk in charge appearance certainly is.
  21. I must log in there and have a look. But judging by the FB work of his supporters the reply will probably be another poll asking people how they think he should reply.
  22. The more you add the costs up the more I become convinced that government could easily save £5-10m a year just by doing nothing. No stupid ideas, no bad decisions, no pet projects. Just do nothing and sit back and watch us save money. Yes a year of 'rest and reflection' would be good. I'm semi serious. If they just stuck to the big stuff and had a vanity project and stupid idea amnesty we could save millions. If it's not urgent just do nothing. If people complain just say. We've agreed to spend a whole year doing none of the usual crap. It's fine in theory but actually, as we know, it's actually themselves doing all of this stuff to keep themselves busy not us. Most of the Island wouldn't be arsed if next to nothing happened over the next 12 months. Don't get to get your mug in the paper every week though, got to keep those ego's massaged somehow. I've thought of that though. What maybe we could do is sponsor an MHK a month? There's 24 of them so that would give the papers two years to give each one a full page feature every month. So they wouldn't have to do anything but would be guaranteed the their name would go in the paper for something at least twice over a 5 year term. So they wouldn't feel compelled to do some stupid project just to get them in the paper. I think it could work.
  23. I see this is being whipped up on Facebook. Is it such a big deal in the overall scheme of things? Old people probably have a more stable income than younger people to be able to afford a license. I think it's much worse seeing people on benefits and living in subsidized housing who can still afford to pay £75 a month of social security money to Sky for non stop footy coverage.
  24. The more you add the costs up the more I become convinced that government could easily save £5-10m a year just by doing nothing. No stupid ideas, no bad decisions, no pet projects. Just do nothing and sit back and watch us save money. Yes a year of 'rest and reflection' would be good. I'm semi serious. If they just stuck to the big stuff and had a vanity project and stupid idea amnesty we could save millions. If it's not urgent just do nothing. If people complain just say. We've agreed to spend a whole year doing none of the usual crap. It's fine in theory but actually, as we know, it's actually themselves doing all of this stuff to keep themselves busy not us. Most of the Island wouldn't be arsed if next to nothing happened over the next 12 months.
  25. The more you add the costs up the more I become convinced that government could easily save £5-10m a year just by doing nothing. No stupid ideas, no bad decisions, no pet projects. Just do nothing and sit back and watch us save money.
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