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  1. 15 hours ago, John Wright said:

    Shoe Zone ( or a shoe shop, Freeman Hardy & Willis, Saxone, Stead & Simpson, Dolcis - one of the Sears/British Shoe Corporation conglomerate  ) was always on the corner of Drumgold and Strand Streets. In fact it’s the only original bit still left.  It didn’t drop on anything near the Dogs

    Alexandra Taylor’s we’re located on the corner where the shoe shop is now.

    There we’re there until the early seventies.

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  2. On 11/9/2019 at 6:00 AM, asitis said:

    This seemed appropriate to comment on here ... SECRECY 

    I see the report into bullying by a minister, Cregeen is to be kept secret.

    I can see the rationale for that as the embarrassment caused to the complainants by being bullied by a root vegetable must be huge !

    (For those without a sense of humour I fully support anyone being bullied especially by this tool !)

    I wonder how much different life would be fiscally if Government were proponents of letting the daylight shine in ... I refer to other reports Steam Packet, Manx Gas and I am sure others can add to the list of those things not designed to be seen and of which we should not speak !!

    This should be an interesting week for the Minister of Education?
    It is anti bullying week on the Isle of Man with his department taking the lead.

    I wonder if he will be making a statement on this matter.

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  3. 4 minutes ago, foxdaleliberationfront said:

    Thanks for sharing that Derek. It goes a long way to explaining the arrogance of the DOI. 

    No liability extends throughout the whole of our system of government no need to write it into legislation.

  4. 24 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

    Well you can be experienced and confident and still not fit in a particular job - possibly because you are experienced and confident and that's not what those directing you really want.  One of the more depressing things I have heard from several people is that even people taking up senior permanent medical positions have tended to not bring their families over.  Employment here is seen as too precarious because it was so common for the management to take against people or break promises made.

    There's another more widespread thing, which is simply that people have families.  So Magson will have a husband who may also have a well-paying job and offspring settled at schools, plus possibly other family responsibilities.  Financially it will not make sense to relocate all that, never mind all the disruption and distress should moves usually come with.

    None of this really addressing the main issue here which is that appointing someone temporary because of future reorganisation is not what is needed here (I'm not really convinced that the proposed changes are the right ones anyway).  It's just another way of putting off difficult decisions. We've seen this endlessly over the last decade and more - expensive, pointless, and very expensive reorganisations because politicians don't have the guts to stand up to individual civil servants who are wrecking things (including the lives of their colleagues) and instead try to shift them very expensively sideways.  Even that doesn't always work.

    Definitely not what the Doctor 



  5. 6 hours ago, Non-Believer said:

    I think it's symptomatic of all these Departmental Heads. Harmer's the same at DOI. They only say what they're told and know what they're allowed to know by their respective executive grades, who they reasonably rely on to run things.

    But when things go pear shaped and the body swerving starts these execs are proving that they'll say anything and let their respective ministers be made to look stupid in the name of saving their own skins.

    An MUA contractor has fooked up big time. The detail of how and why will be in that contractor's instruction from MUA. That is inescapable. With luck, questions will also be asked as to why previous maintenance wasn't carried out too. That might be revealing as well.

    It is called collective responsibility and the backbone that ties our department heads our government together, it is the only backbone they have.

  6. Bottom line is the department of Home Affairs has exposed the most vulnerable in our society to become performing animals in a circus for the entertainment of a moronic public.

    In life we find sometimes all that we have left is our dignity, not so when you are in the care of a department of the Isle of Man government.

    Shame  on them.

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  7. 15 hours ago, Last Ten said:

    Moorehouse spends most days at the Gym in Kingswood Grove these days, another poor political performer, would love to see his time sheet of actual time spent as a constituent MHK and in the office of Government Offices. 

    Castletown, Malew and Arbory constituents you get who you deserve for voting in these muppets.


    Both have been harvesting the youth vote.

    Moorehouse used this in his last election, Cregeen has seen this and has approved our youth protesting in school time.

    Both will no doubt chase the green vote from our kids as well, just watch.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Barrie Stevens said:

    No. Your defence ship is HMS Montrose..IOM register is a British register and you are entitled to naval assistance..One of the advantages of IOM register...

    I understand we pay a few million every year for defence bout time we got a return on it


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  9. 5 hours ago, Uhtred said:

    Howard Quayle will read this post with interest, pause momentarily, and then decide to go with last year’s dress choice of “slovenly ape”.

    He was very dapper in a blue pin stripe suit the other day with light tan shoes, just like  a farmer from the west coast of Ireland.

    whoops he is a farmer.

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  10. 14 hours ago, the stinking enigma said:

    Of course, the kids will still have parties that night, just they'll be far more spread about the place. The police workload may well end up higher as a result but their hands are pretty much tied on this one

    You have hit the nail on the head.

    I would prefer to have control on where incidents will happen. The party or parties will now disperse with the usual spread of resource to counter it.

    Far prefer agreeing with interested parties how to manage the process, a police boast in many press releases “Working with our partners and other agencies” Than allow twelve months to elapse and call it off.

    Poor Management Chief Constable?





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  11. Why did the police not flag this up at the end of last years Prom celebrations given that have a culture of reviewing most of not all incidents.

    Had they done so they could have developed an action plan with other interested parties to ensure the proper running of this years event.


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  12. 13 hours ago, Roger Mexico said:

    Indeed - and that person is nominally the Chief Minister, but effectively the Chief Secretary.  A civil servant responsible to no one, especially with such a weak CM.

    If Beecroft  is to believed when she was trying to rid her department of Couch she blamed both of them for her demise.


  13. 5 hours ago, Max Power said:

    I hope they get someone with a proven track record instead of someone whose qualifications just happen to fit the position!   

    I doubt anybody within the National Health Management have any track record of success.

    Two years to get an act together!

    Play the game then leave with 300grand in the back pocket after two years as our home team have no track record on 

    overseeing projects or protecting public money from so called experts.


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  14. 6 hours ago, Barrie Stevens said:

    You can have your own honours like any council in the UK can issue medals and citations...But you are not independent as a Crown Dependency and at the end of the day can do nothing without ultimate supervision from London. You can have your own honours. But you cannot stop Island people from accepting UK honours. I seem to recall an IOM honour going to one of those TT biking chappies way back...It was all a bit contrived though...


    Nothing more contrived than MHKS accepting UK awards.

  15. 20 hours ago, Barrie Stevens said:

    Most Manx are British...The MHKs have to take the oath of allegiance to the Queen or they cannot sit in the Keys etc...Mr Rodan is not Manx but a Scot and his country remains in the UK. Maybe you should ask why an immigrant presides in Tynwald...How many Tynwald members are not actually Manxmen? Puts the honours in perspective perhaps..

    Not really.

    if we boast, and we do about our Independence , then we should devise are own systems of award to those on the Island that do public service. 

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  16. Why and Island that boasts its independence should involve themselves in an honour system from an adjoining country seems hypocritical especially when politicians receive a gong.

    Given that this is how it is then I heartily congratulate the  recipients in the public service in the Isle of Man.   

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  17. The instances of drivers opening doors or standing in the road as you drive by are an every day danger.

    As for mothers taking their children out into the road from their cars is fraught with danger but they continue to do it.

    Not long before the fatal accident happens.

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