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Barlow

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  1. Andy Wint, the way he goes on about Isle of Man stuff, is like some bizarre parody of Mark Steel's in Town, but without the wit and charisma. He has just self-satisfied smugness.
  2. I reckoned that the Speaker is not able to perform their task so well as a constituency MHK, but am happy to be shown wrong. I suppose ditto with a Minister. Loyalties tend to be removed from the constituent and concentrated to new friends in Council of Ministers etc. Too many times I've seen decent MHKs become something else once they get their ego massaged and welcomed onto the Tynwald club top tables.
  3. They need to stop call it 0-10 Corporation Tax. On the Isle of Man it is 0-10-20 Manx Radio 'Zero ten' tax rates biggest challenge for next gov't
  4. I think that is fair enough. The situation is fluid. Thanks for the more informative post than Nom de plume's :
  5. Not sure she’s standing again , maybe returning to nursing She's a good constituency MHK. I've no doubt she would do a fine job but we don't want her wasted on vanity and pomp, thank you. I wasn't aware of the nursing bit - is this true?
  6. Barlow

    TT 2021 ??

    In a way it is out to a public vote, every 5 years. I don't recall any Keys candidates standing on a platform to end the TT. I do know of an MHK who had a good long career as a politician, and for sure was anti-TT in every possible respect and could argue a good case to end it, but being a good politician and knowing what was good for them and the other causes they stood for, they knew to keep schtumm on the subject of the Isle of Man TT.
  7. Barlow

    TT 2021 ??

    What is this "demise" you speak of? 1970s. The removal of the World Championship status was going to finish the Isle of Man TT. It continued regardless. 1990s, The decline in the tourist industry was to be the true nail in the coffin of the TT. All those Douglas Promenade hotels demolished. ...100 bed spaces lost at the Castle Mona, ditto Mannin Hotel etc. But as hotels declined campsites flourished, along with Homestay. The 2007 centenary was said by many to be the last. There was no place for the Isle of Man TT in the bright new world of the 21st Century. I have to say t
  8. Kieran might have kicked his ass too.
  9. Peter Karran is a southerner these days.
  10. Barlow

    TT 2021 ??

    I'm not doubting you, although CS drink in pubs too and talk bollox too. The ones I know do. There is plenty of £millions in the reserves. As I said, if the political will is there, then there are plenty of money trees knocking about.
  11. Barlow

    TT 2021 ??

    About year 2000 and for a while after there would be the obligatory gobshite professing how the last TT would end 2007 after the 100 years. It was usually to do with Health & Safety but there were other reasons shouted. They could hold court in any pub on the Island and I have to say it was sometimes difficult to argue with them. They spoke louder and louder and only tailed off about 2005/2006 I have few pleasures in life, but one of them is reminding those people of what they said, especially during TT when if they see me, they scuttle off like earwigs.
  12. Barlow

    TT 2021 ??

    Stop listening to man down pub. There is plenty of money, it's the political will that would be lacking if anything.
  13. You are picking up on a perfectly valid point, but your inflected hyperbole has made you look silly. Your either/or binary statement is detracting from the reality of the headline: Vaccines NOT lockdowns are the 'key driver' for curbing Covid outbreaks. I think that is more-or-less obvious anyway. Lockdown had its place when the vaccine was but a dream.
  14. He should just go the full pantomine hog, like they do at the Young Farmers concerts, do it in a drawly squeaky voice like Phil Gawne on Manx Radio, like always taking the piss out of wizened aul Manx farmers with a flat cap (who never used the actual phrase anyway, because they didn't have a glossy book on How To Speak Manx)
  15. No he wasn't Chief Minister, he was um, a lad at school. I doubt he or indeed other than a very few of the myriad fastyr miers these days ever used the phrase before the mid 1990s, if that. Fair enough, give the dead Manx language a kick start, I've nought against that as such, but it still sounds pseudo and plastic. Every time I hear the phrase I am reminded of Marge Joughin, beratedly (berate was Marge's stock mode of speech) telling David Callister on Manx Radio Mannin Line that "it's our differences that make us different".
  16. Did the chief Minister say "Fastyr Mie" when he was a lad at school for example? No. It sounds so pseudo. Plastic Manx.
  17. Yep, that should do it. Once you've found your first 'dealer' or they have found you depending on how you look at it, from then on it's a breeze. And without wanting to sound dramatic, you will never see the world in quite the same way again.
  18. https://iomelections.com/2016/
  19. V. . .V...Vader? Vader is that you?
  20. Fortunately incidents like this are rare on the Isle of Man.
  21. Did Banker branch out? They have been kinda hogging the thread (2460 posts).
  22. "Cat gets stuck up tree": No one particularly wants or needs to know. "Man get seriously assaulted": Unpleasant as the matter may be, most people in our community want and should know.
  23. Is Facebook any different than Manx Forums in this respect?
  24. OK, hardly North Korea granted, but let's take a brief look at each of your examples: "Tynwald broadcast on national radio". One time the Manx Radio Tynwald microphones were left on. We heard members of the House of Keys (hiya Phil) slanging off the public for having an opinion on Douglas Promenade. We heard unelected Members of the Legislative Council led by the Bishop, ganging up and slanging off an elected member for his speeches. "Hansard". Say something you'd preferred not to say? You can rely on the Hansard Clerk to make sure the machine broke down just for that part of your sp
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