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  1. Was opposed by the majority I think. There were quite tense meetings where the industry explained what would happen.
  2. What pricing? The price offered to locals by gov? Find a couple of buyers in the UK, give the price they offer on the day. When you’re ready to sell ship it over. Price may be rising, but grain keeps. Ask a Roman. Government giving advice to farmers never really went well when that’s what Knockaloe was supposed to be doing as far as I can remember. Probably be better short term leasing it to young farmers specifically for trialing new methods or crops.
  3. All worthy of consideration. The only problem is we don’t have time for consideration now. There are a few more weeks where anything that can be planted must be for it to be available when we might need it. If problems drag on longer then a more coordinated approach would clearly help. Right now we just need to get whatever we’ve got in the ground.
  4. I assume you know they don’t have any production or any other form of agri subsidy in New Zealand, and are very successful without it. One of the only places in the world to prove it can be done - though it is highly reliant on their geographically advantages. Island of less than 10m people producing enough food for 40m.
  5. The reason the old production subsidies were scrapped was because the IOM could no longer keep up with the rest of the world. This is still the case. Any return to production subsidy would effectively be money down the drain without market protection. Market protection on its own would be a far better idea.
  6. Even prior to Corona the loss of labour as a result of Brexit was predicted to cause major problems for the UK agri industry. Corona essentially multiplies the same problem.
  7. This isn’t about now. It’s about 6-12 months time when the effects of any financial stress and predicted shortages in the agri labour market might be crippling the industry globally.
  8. If you read the linked UN report it explains why there is food now, and why there might not be in 12 months time. The UN probably have more experience in the field than any other body. If they are warning of potential issues it’s probably worth listening even if we do bounce back from this fairly well financially.
  9. Personally I am not a fan of subsidies at all, as they tend to favour the larger producer, which is also a dangerous trend. Market protection makes far more sense for the IOM, but is impossible I’m told. Might not be impossible in the future I guess.
  10. The support that has been given since the instigation of the CCS has actively discouraged production. To be fair IOM didn’t really have much choice, it couldn’t compete with production subsidies given elsewhere. The majority of the industry was opposed to CCS when it was introduced.
  11. Thanks Frances. Where have you found official population stats for WW2? I will admit that information in my original post comes simply from a first hand account of someone who I know who is still alive and was heavily involved in the land army at the time. J.
  12. This post is related to Coronavirus but actually concerns a potentially much bigger consequential problem, so I hope the Admins are ok with me starting a separate thread. I have been encouraged by a member of CoMin to seek public opinion on the following... 1. Should the Isle of Man Government encourage the local farming community to plant more crops now by guaranteeing to buy basic food commodities at the prevailing UK market rate at harvest? Corona virus is changing the world rapidly. The consequential damage to the global economy is likely to be significant. In the past week the UN has announced that global food shortages and price spikes could arise due to virus related problems with planting and harvesting in key regions, a significant increase in protectionism and export controls already being seen, and panic buying. (http://www.fao.org/2019-ncov/q-and-a/en/) (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/26/coronavirus-measures-could-cause-global-food-shortage-un-warns) The Isle of Man is likely to be significantly weakened economically as we draw on our reserves (unable to utilise quantitive easing as sovereign nations can). Our most direct link to the rest of the world via the UK may also be under significant stress. On the 8th October 2019 a series of questions were asked in Tynwald by MHK Lawrie Hooper in relation to the Brexit Yellowhammer report... (http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/hansard/20002020/t191008.pdf#search=%22brexit%20food%22). The answers to these questions appear to indicate that while the Isle of Man is likely to be at least 30% reliant on food imports from Europe alone, it does not currently have a strategic emergency food plan in place if there were to be any major disruption to supply. We are relying instead on the reassurances of the food retail industry - as far as Brexit was concerned. If the potential problems outlined by the UN do materialise to any significant extent they would dwarf anything anticipated to arise from Brexit, and could be of a scale that no retailer is able to solve. During WW2 the Isle of Man had a population in excess of what it has now (including all the POW), and was entirely self sufficient in food until very near the end of hostilities (when milk had to be imported from Ireland). For several years now Isle of Man farmers have been supported by the Countryside Care Scheme which is based on area. It is not directly linked to production as per the older schemes it replaced, which dated back to WW2. In combination with reduced market protection and increased competition from agricultural produce which is more heavily subsidised in other parts of the world, production on the Isle of Man has been falling steadily for years. As a result, if the Farmers of the Isle of Man had to feed the current population that would be totally impossible as things stand right now. There is no global shortage of food at the moment. The majority of food we are eating right now (major carbohydrates & proteins) was grown 6-12+ months ago. There is no guarantee the problems outlined by the UN will arise over the next 6-12 months. There is also no guarantee they won’t. The Isle of Man has the potential to feed itself if needed, but that will not happen under the current model of farming. No farmer is going to risk planting extra now when there is a good chance that will be a total loss in the current market model. This is not a problem yet. It’s a potential problem that we can do something to try and protect ourselves from now. It is planting season right now and for the next few weeks. The Government of the Isle of Man can take a no risk, no cost step to increase our security over the next 6-12 months by one simple statement. If the government announce that they will buy any locally produced food commodity which is of sufficient standard at the prevailing UK market price over the next 12 months minimum, then farmers can make the investment needed to grow it right now. If the UN warnings come to nothing and there is no shortage, the public of the IOM will have lost nothing. The surplus can be bought by Government at the right price and sold in to the UK market using the ferry we also own - generating commodity income we will likely need. Please visit the survey to express your opinion… https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SK9N8BL I am not a farmer, and don’t earn any money from farming though I have worked in the industry my whole life.
  13. I’m sure that’s pretty close. I was also told who the swing voter was last time, and the extremely questionable tactics used to swing them - it wasn’t the promise of a job either! It’s a grubby business no doubt. My interest was just whether any assistance was provided from elsewhere. I seem to also recall some sort of economic briefing for candidates prior to the last election (which I didn’t attend), just wondered if there was anything like that before the CM vote?
  14. From memory I think it’s just the published CC report. I’d have to go back and check.
  15. Minor details :-) Does it happen? I know, for example, that the police send a report to keys candidates and invite questions. Just wondered if similar took place prior to CM selection?
  16. The electors of the Chief Minister generally receive a manifesto from the candidates, and no doubt a lot of close quarters pressure and manipulation behind the scenes. Does anyone know if they receive any information or guidance from the departments?
  17. A similar change in demand to that seen for weddings I guess. Only difference being it’s probably a bit more difficult to challenge tradition for a funeral unless the deceased made it clear before they went - which was the case with my Dad. When we got married in 2006 I think we were the first to use the local humanist celebrant for our main event, but it has become much more common now I think. We were legally married a few hours before in the registry office with only the two witnesses present as at that time you couldn’t do the legal stuff elsewhere - as you could I believe in the UK (have private venues registered to conduct ceremonies). I don’t know if that’s changed in the IOM since, but it’s what makes me wonder if there might be a similar legal block on private burial grounds as you’ve linked to.
  18. I don’t know what the legal situation is with regards burial grounds on the IOM (if it is legally possible I don’t see why not). Gordon told me they are seeing increasing demand for less ‘ceremonial’ funerals in general - so I guess demand will increase for that sort of thing. He was also the person who made sure I understood that we did not have to do anything at all with regards to ‘ceremony’ at Braddan - other than give the Sexton the correct paperwork. You don’t have to use the church, or the vicar if you don’t want to. The ground is actually owned by the local authority (at Braddan, not sure on others), the Church administer it but you can have an entirely non religious process if you wish. I think a lot of people possibly aren’t aware of that - I certainly wasn’t.
  19. There wasn’t any logic. The person I spoke to on the phone (I assume a receptionist) was most apologetic - she understood. When I offered to bring the death certificate in person she went and checked with someone, but the answer was still no - easy to do I guess when someone else has to do the dirty work. As mentioned I would ordinarily have pursued such an illogical and inconsiderate position until I found whoever had instigated it - or in this case possibly made a complaint. I might even have done so if my dad had made more specific requests, but he hadn’t and it wasn’t the time to take on unnecessary battles. I never tried the newspapers due to difficulties with getting him back from Liverpool (boats being cancelled) so we didn’t have any time left. The final decision on the time and date for burial was made only a few days beforehand, so not enough time to print. I don’t know what their policy is. That’s pretty much how it was. I only found out he was dying about two weeks before he did by accident (he wouldn’t have told me), and he didn’t leave any specific instructions just a trail of clues and hints - very much his style. Luckily the combination of the clues I found at his house, the people he had spoken to at Braddan and what he did tell me when I found him in hospital was enough to piece it together hopefully more or less as he wanted - and he can’t complain if it wasn’t! Have to say in contrast to the issue with MR, Gordon Cringle in Pt Erin (who organised bringing him back from Aintree Hospital, put him in the box I made and let me take him on my truck), and the team at Braddan Church where all extremely considerate given our unusual requests.
  20. It is only worth remembering if you ask for something different next time. If you vote for someone else promising the same arrangement you had with the last representative clearly nothing will change, no matter what else they are promising besides (that which they cannot promise because they have literally no power to achieve). In the case of the sewage charge Hansard shows that it was promised during the original vote debate that a full review on the equity of the charge would take place before it was increased again. Did that happen?
  21. It’s a “long term lease” (leasehold) from the Peel Empire. A good example of the difference between organisations that plan and negotiate for the short term vs the long term, the reasoning and benefits thereof.
  22. That was the afterthought. Ordinarily I would have kept pushing until I found out who was responsible for the policy, as ‘funeral director’ is not a protected or registered profession as far as I’m aware - there is no way to police the position. Technically I was the funeral director for the burial itself. I made the box, I drove him to the cemetery and I put him in the ground. I should have just phoned back and said I was calling from Hampton & Co. Funerals but obviously I had other things to deal with at the time, and he wouldn’t have really wanted anyone there anyway! I was only asking on behalf of his siblings really, and it’s been a shame for those who found out afterwards. Ahh well.
  23. Off topic... I had to do my Dad’s obituary on Facebook as Manx Radio will not announce a death unless the information comes from a funeral director. The justification given was that they didn’t want to risk people doing joke obituaries. I offered to bring an original stamped and signed copy of the death certificate and hospital notes up to Manx Radio in person but still the answer was no. Shame really as several people have contacted me since saying they’ve only just found out by word of mouth, and would have liked to attend his funeral.
  24. From my experience you are correct. I don’t recall being asked about ‘local’ issues much if at all, and I do think there was a general desire for change - that’s certainly the way it was reported in the immediate aftermath when the turnover was confirmed, and was the impression I had from the people I did speak to. In our case it was probably me who messed up the chance for change in at least one of our seats by standing but not being in a position to do what I should have (shoulda, woulda, coulda). Of course by not knocking on any doors I probably only heard from people who liked my unusual idea, so maybe my impression is skewed. Informal alliance and collaboration should work, but the numbers still have to be significant enough to overcome the machine for that to be possible. To my mind there is still only one thing which can precipitate those numbers - the public.
  25. There are political parties with apparently progressive intent. Presumably they don’t receive enough support to affect change because the island is probably more conservative in it's overall composition than those parties would like, or those who would support them understand that the format of the process after election is weighted towards conservatism - which is why we don’t need a conservative party. It is actually genius from a conservative perspective because it’s so well protected. The majority must support this model for it to continue with so little opposition though?
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