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  1. Derek Flint

    Prosecution becomes Persecution by Government Policy?

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/on-application-for-direction-based-only-on-defendant-s-admission-issue-is-whether-admission-can-be-relied-on-1.1206767
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    Third Worlds Safest City

    Thanks for that. Happy to put the forename straight! I remember the essentials of the case quite well, as it was around the time I transferred. A load of Lancs detectives came over to help tie up the UK and IOM cases - it was like a big reunion!
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    Third Worlds Safest City

    These were linked to STEPHEN, not Paul Akinmuerele. I think all our lot were cleared up. He killed himself whilst on remand.
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    Third Worlds Safest City

    Higher per-household ownership of guns. 1 in 28 compared to 1 in 74 in UK
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    is the mountain road shut?

    I think they run their algorithms on propensity of different driver profiles to crash, performance of the vehicle and the relative cost of having to fix it.
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    Prince Philip in car crash.

    I think we’ve enough of our own exemplars within the parish. I had passing words with a chap staggering out of his Smart Car onto his crutches yesterday, who had parked in a way that stopped another two vehicles getting into the line. Unbelievable. it wouldn’t have been so bad apart from the fact he Maneuvered from a position where there was space for others. But at least he was right outside the pharmacy!
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    is the mountain road shut?

    Yes, and the data is available to the Transport Research Laboratory and VOSA.
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    is the mountain road shut?

    Good question we’ll put. Honest answer is I don’t know, but it might be down to things like lighter construction leading to higher Centre of gravity. 4x4 and vans have always been prone to it, but there does seem to be more and more smaller hatchback types DOING it. And they don’t have to be going that quick either. doubtless some research on it somewhere but I think the overall proportion is still only around 5%
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    is the mountain road shut?

    Ah, but there’s going to be. Heard it from a man down the Tynwald. It’s all going to be evidence based you see.
  10. Derek Flint

    is the mountain road shut?

    I said I’d deal with little Johnny another day
  11. Derek Flint

    is the mountain road shut?

    Joking apart, we do at least now have a strategy to work towards. Both of these come under headings within it; Safer Roads, and Safer Drivers. So how do we make the Mountain Road safer in respect of adverse weather? The evidence base tells us that when it snows, people crash, and it ends up closed anyway. So people are going to be inconvenienced whatever we do. Lets say that it shuts because of snow on ten occasions a year. Each time, two crashes occur before the police decide to say "Shut it!" That is twenty avoidable collisions, if we had route barriers at the Creg, Brandywell, Tholt Y Will, Hibernia and the Hairpin, that could be deployed at the press of a button, on an intelligence-led basis (the weather report!) say an hour before the weather came in. If we have an average of 950 collisions a year, then that is a reduction in collisions of 2.1 %. Also, because the police aren't stuck up the mountain in the snow rescuing people, the resources can be deployed elsewhere, thus helping meet the needs of the community. In addition, if the fairground ride approach is taken to providing a derestricted one-way system for TT, those barriers would make a considerable change to the way the police were positioned and deployed. It would also make it safer for them to operate on in the event of another collision. I'll leave Johnny in his ST for another day.
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    is the mountain road shut?

    I'll have both those points
  13. Derek Flint

    Third Worlds Safest City

    Blackpool has a population of c.140,000, as well as a massive transient population. It also has some of the highest levels of poverty, substance misuse and houses of multiple occupation in the UK. Its night-time economy isn't what it was, but it still thumps on a Friday and Saturday night. Lancs Police, like many others, has taken swingeing cuts, and struggles to cover the ground even remotely effectively. Here, crime is up, but it is still a very safe place to live. But citing Douglas as a 'Safe City' is an absolute nonsense.
  14. Derek Flint

    is the mountain road shut?

    Safer Roads. #RoadSafetyStrategy. Closing them makes them safer.
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    Lack Of Road Safety Strategy...

    I agree. It is a fudge, as I’ve said from the outset. But at least there is something to hold them to account with now.
  16. Derek Flint

    Lack Of Road Safety Strategy...

    Well - We now have a Road Safety Strategy. Tynwald debate was interesting. Some good points, and some nonsense, but at least its now in the mix.
  17. Derek Flint

    Lack Of Road Safety Strategy...

    Climate change mate. Its got windier again, since they did the repair job.
  18. Derek Flint

    Third Worlds Safest City

    We did have a spell where it literally was one a month. I think we had maybe four on the trot?
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    Third Worlds Safest City

    It is utter rubbish. Douglas just about qualifies as a village. Even Monaco has 35000 residents and millions of visitors a year - and a lot more residents worthy of kidnap. we know it is “safe” - just don’t venture out on the roads on the rest of the Island.
  20. Derek Flint

    Ronaldsway Airport

    The logic of building a prison 20 odd miles from your main population Centre, the courts, and medical support is another clear example of lack of strategic planning. It messed the staff about, it messed visitors about, resulted in a prisoner escort service having to be contracted, and means that the benefits of being close to clinical and mental health resources are lost. Even the addition to vehicle pollution levels by longer journeys to get there weren’t factored in. And the redevelopment potential of Jurby was greatly reduced in terms of the airfield viability. it would however be good for bringing in rendition flights, for which we could charge the CIA a handsome sum.
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    Manx Radio

    It shouldn’t do, because they got extra money for it. I’m divided on this. I think Chris in particular does an excellent job covering racing. And I love the people up at MR ( it was nice to be up there again last week and catch up with a few). But there does need to be these shake ups. Whether they work or not remains to be seen. As long as they haven’t awarded the contract to the radio equivalent of a shipping line with no ships we should be OK.
  22. Derek Flint

    Fairy tales?

    I’d have had a go. I’d have subbed the job to Men In Sheds.
  23. Derek Flint

    Government Whistleblowing - You are in safe hands...

    Just the hip
  24. Derek Flint

    Fairy tales?

    Am I right in that this was an off Island company too? that is the bit that is puzzles me.
  25. Derek Flint

    Government Whistleblowing - You are in safe hands...

    That might be a little unfair. One of the lacking traits of many managers is a genuine empathetic and caring approach. Just posting some “values” doesn’t change a person. You’ve either got it on you haven’t. There are some people high up in public office that just don’t have it, although they may well be technically skilled. add that to a perhaps more sensitive generation, and there is a toxic mix. People do go down the tubes, and it’s a failing somewhere when it happens. My first force, Lancs, is majoring on this now, and it’s starting to roll through the service in the UK. I think the fundamental problem is that we don’t seem to stand back and ask “how did we get here?”, when examining the issues either on a singular or organizational basis.
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