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Everything posted by Declan

  1. Really? It wouldn't occur to me to do that, not out of the blue anyway. Different generations I guess.
  2. So you expect to be able to call your MHK and speak to them?
  3. Oh definitely costs should be reigned in and revenue increased where possible. I think the plan to increase revenue by maximising the amount of time buses are on the road on the popular routes rather than parked up in the depot is a good one. Frequent buses means commuters are more likely to chose a bus over a car, because they know that if they're running late at work they don't have to wait an hour for the next bus. That then increases the number of paying passengers. I wonder whether the increased WFH levels has undermined this strategy. Certainly a reputation for cancelling services at random will be counter-productive. And to do that to service one-off customers from cruise liners is crazy. I wonder whether there's been political pressure on them to support the DoE's drive for this trade.
  4. It's not really a loss when you are expected to provide cut-price travel to school kids and free travel to the elderly and cover unpopular routes and times. It's a public service that comes at a cost. It's like complaining the NHS makes a loss when BUPA makes a profit. If you want it to be profitable or even break even politicians will need to decide it's not a service they want to fund and let them charge what they want and run only the profitable routes.
  5. Found by who? It's never going to be under scrutiny.
  6. I think after Christian and Faragher were shut down persisting would have been simply making a token protest. Maybe there's the opportunity for a point of order to question the ruling. Sometimes a symbolic protest is necessary; sometimes it looks like grandstanding. I'd have tempted to follow up the first question to Ashy with a supplementary asking how widely he'd consulted his departmental experts in preparing his reply.
  7. But is this matter sub judice - when the tribunal has ruled. There are matters outstanding - what remediation Dr R is due, issues about the government's disclosure of documents but the core issue is settled.
  8. No, since when were black people overlords?
  9. I think the arrangement is more quid pro quo.
  10. Because it's something one gives like a present?
  11. Skelly, as a member of the previous COMIN, has ridden to his former colleagues aid by putting the widest possible interpretation on sub judice (Grammitical aside - should I have "written colleagues' aid" in the above. I feel I should it should, but the aid belongs to Skelly not Cannon and Ashdown)
  12. 🤷‍♂️ - this would have been my reaction to your post but it's not available. Sorry. Good luck in your reaction quest.
  13. There's no alternative regime available.
  14. Who's chairing this meeting? It sounded likely Skelly only ruled out Fargher's question after referral to the CM.
  15. As far as it goes, it sounds ok. As far as it goes.
  16. Dr Glover and Dr Ranson for a start.
  17. It's irrelevant because it won't happen - there's no mechanism to remove an honour because we later believe it is unmerited - there needs to be something like a criminal conviction, or a ruling against him from a professional body (and the tribunal ruled against the Department not him). It's a distraction from the more serious matter. It's amazing how many on the left and how many anti-elite righties get hung up about honours. If they're irrelevant undeserved awards to start with why make such fuss.
  18. He seemed ok to start with when standing too late. That's partly because the Government took action in closing the borders, which most people supported. Of course at that time there was no discussion about whether the action was too late and the public expected him to have made sure he was properly informed.
  19. Pretty shit poll construction. I think the answer to the first question is "YES" to both options - he should resign and if he won't he should resign. Also the absence of a He Should Carry on Regardless option means you can claim 100% think he should be sacked or resign -when it's probably closer to 98%. Question 3 is irrelevant - these circumstances don't meet the criteria for withdrawal of an honour.
  20. She didn't moan about receiving emails out of hours, she answered a question about the affect of abusive emails. She said she would block repeatedly abusive correspondents - not angry, not emotion but repeatedly abusive. Bank contact service staff don't face abusive callers all day, most calls are just transactions. Occasionally they'll face complaints but they have resources available to sort most issues and if not there's managers and complaints teams to hand the matter off to. Repeatedly abusive callers get their accounts closed.
  21. I'd say it began with Gelling. Situation was positive economically and a self-satisfied smugness crept in, so progress halted. This became inertia under Brown. And inertia led to small c conservatism as change is resisted. Bell's CM-ship tried to turn the tide (though he was complicit in what went before). Quayle was the worst of the lot.
  22. It was a joke echoing Teapot's posts during the Premiership winning season. But it does probably settle the most successful English club debate, at least until United win a few trophies.
  23. He wasn’t especially challenging of politicians and the establishment when he was at Manx Radio. But that might have come from management. Young people saying they’ve experienced racism, or autistic kids he’s a tough character. Ministers, senior CS, spokesmen for monopoly utilities find him more amenable.
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