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  1. Good; it is the beginning of the end. IOM borders are likely to re-open in mid spring. And they won't be compulsory: Minister for vaccine development Nadhim Zahawi has rowed back on his claims about immunity passports, telling SpectatorTV 'there will not be an immunity passport. This is the article: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/vaccine-minister-confirms-no-immunity-passports
  2. You said: “The bureaucracy is being accelerated, not the science.” You are pathetically wrong on that. I would suggest you document yourself; there is a truly vast literature on the topic. There have been accidents with vaccines before. The one for the swine flu in 2009 had an incidence of serious adverse events, including some life-long disabilities, that was not justifiable with the protection conferred from the vaccine. The 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine ‘Fiasco’ – the way it is referred to in the US – was a far worse affair. One peculiarity of these Covid vaccine is that the drug compani
  3. On the vaccine front, here is the timeline we can expect. The next five weeks are going to be very busy... as concerns Phase III results (graph below). I am going to have it; though I am fine with being left at the bottom of the queue. Those who think that practically mandatory Covid vaccination is inevitable, haven't really though through all the issues. It would require nearly unanimous international cooperation, to be sustained in the longer term. This is highly unlikely to happen, considering the state of politics in the US and other countries as well. Within the European Union,
  4. Wonder when the post-pandemic's financial projections come through, if both that boat and the new Liverpool ferry terminal can proceed as originally planned.
  5. Mona's Isle is by far the better.
  6. Sentinel Island is quite an extreme example. Perhaps too much on an islander also for Quayle and Ashford. Though I wouldn't mind exiling them. The point is, however, how much we are more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses for living in a island in respect to more naturally connected places; central European countries for instance. It is quite evident that in Germany the virus has been less deadly. And certain Indian mega-cities had very low Covid-19 infection fatality rates. I think commentators tend to overestimate the effect that government intervention had on the pandemic. Sweden by the
  7. But most government jobs are de-facto reserved to Manx born and/or long term residents; which is why may will stay. Imagine what would be otherwise...
  8. That is not any place of the so called City. It is the corner with the Bank of England. Precisely, that shot is taken immediately at the main (there are four) exit of Bank tube station with your back to the BOE. During normal times, that place would be so devoid of cars on a weekend or bank holiday when England is playing… and no other occasion you can rest assured. During normal weekdays, at any time of the day, 5 am to night, there would be plenty of traffic and plenty of pedestrians moving around, no stop. It is possible for the Telegraph, or any other newspapers, to be biased or
  9. Thanks for the info. Let me know if there is any official paper regarding the matter. I can't find much in the government web-page. It is not that criticising the government is so enjoyable. Our log term well-being depends, at least in part, on the government being solvent and effective. It will affect also those who have plenty of means of their own. You can't escape it easily.
  10. You still haven’t explained where the money to pay for the lockdown is coming from. My understanding is that the Manx government was borrowing 250 mio just to pay for the immediate shortfall. That doesn’t cover for the structural deficit; once the reality of the sheer scale of the long term economic damage sinks in. You could have built several brand new Noble hospitals with all that and saved more people in the longer (but frankly also in the medium) term.
  11. What we need from the Manx government is not fantasy-world questionnaires; but rather an honest assessment of the status of government finances and their plan for fixing any shortfall moving forward. Who is going to pay for the lockdown bill on this island? The news from the UK in this regard are so bad: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12082604/britain-decades-tax-rises-public-finances-coronavirus/
  12. You may be right as concerns the practicality of it. Our "NHS" is piggybacked on "England NHS"; and it may be difficult to do much better; we simply do not have the economy of scale. However, I think we could try. Our GP wages are double those of France... You can hire doctors from both other European countries and from places like India. They would come, because pay conditions here are so much better. And we could join forces with the other crown dependencies and share some of the resources that will be necessary. The point is that UK's NHS is so corrupted by politics... that frankly, ju
  13. I did not mean to be ironic. People need to be able to move in and out of the island for the island to be prosperous. Obviously.
  14. Hopefully this is also extended to key workers. Testing is very cheap and the IOM has had the capability to carry them "in house" for sometime now. I could not understand why widespread testing of anyone who comes and goes had not been introduced earlier. It is an obvious way to make the quarantine less onerous and keep the isle functioning.
  15. Sorry about my ignorance. What is the ownership structure of this gas company? I always thought it was government owned.
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