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  1. Satan

    Malewdicrous

    http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=33858&headline=From MHK and minister to rural south parish clerk&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017
  2. "You're" not "your", x-in-man And please, everyone, learn the difference between "licence" and "license" in UK English. "Licence" noun. "License" verb. One has a television licence. But one has to license one's television. Unless you're American, in which case it's all "license". Dimwits.
  3. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/tony-wild-pleads-guilty-to-drinking-and-driving-1-7650264
  4. Agree. It's outrageous that Leg Co is unelected. Corkish is a fool. But he's far from alone in that. Manx politics favours small-time businessmen. If people who were employed by private companies wanted to stand, most would have to resign from their jobs to do so. Too big a risk for most. So they don't. But shopkeepers (Allan Bell, Tony Brown, Steve Rodan, Leonard Singer etc), farmers (Quayle, the Kerruishes), self-employed joiners (Ronan, Karran) and the retired don't have that risk because they can always go back to the day job. Meanwhile, captains of industry, hospital consultants, headteachers etc (people who've actually line managed more than two or three people) are also unlikely to stand because the pay is way below what they're already getting. So we elect dim people who have no real experience of running anything very big.
  5. Er, Steve Rodan became an MHK in 1995 when Edgar Mann decided to jump into LegCo (again). By then Charlie had already been president for five years. He had the position from 1990 to 2000. Agreed, my error. But the fact remains that the post was specially created to accommodate Charlie after he was deposed from his Tynwald seat. Prior to that, it didn't exist. Yes it did. It was the Lieutenant Governor on an ex officio basis. Remember, he was also writing the island's budgets right through to the sixties. All this nonsense we hear about the Isle of Man losing power to the UK is so woefully inaccurate. The fact remains that the position was "given" to Charlie K to keep him in Tynwald. After the electorate had turfed him out. When did the electorate "turf him out"? When Garff became a single seat constituency in 1986 (it previously elected two members) and the electors had to choose between him and Edgar Mann, he beat Dr Mann, who (to his credit) became a Laxey commissioner and built his political career again. Charlie got the post of president in 1990 when it was created. Whether it was created for him specifically or not is a moot point. But the Manx government's policy for many years before that had been to move "more complete self government". We got our own Post Office. We took over the running of the airport from the CAA. We started our own merchant shipping register etc. Part of that process, logically, was lessening the power of the Lieutenant Governor. And that meant having someone homegrown to chair Tynwald, rather than a Home Office appointee.
  6. And why, after 1000-odd years of "democratic parliament" are questions suddenly too stupid to warrant answers? It was 1866 before people voted for MHKs. Nobody sensible claims that the Isle of Man has had 1,000 years of "democratic" parliament. It's had 1,000 years of parliament. Very different things.
  7. Er, Steve Rodan became an MHK in 1995 when Edgar Mann decided to jump into LegCo (again). By then Charlie had already been president for five years. He had the position from 1990 to 2000.
  8. I would hope his dad has the sense to say NO. That is entirely up to him,me personally i would definately own one. http://www.d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y.com/
  9. Maybe she just took like a days banking and removed the cash but kept the cheques separate to make it look like a days work went missing rather than just the cash being nicked? Too much American TV A proper English, French, Latin, German word! http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=felon
  10. which are? (genuinely interested DED dont know) No corporation tax No stamp duty on houses No inheritance tax No capital gains tax DED sweetners to set up businesses (greatly enhanced soon with the £50m pot announced by Skelly last week) Arguably better state schools than in many places in the world (probably not as good as we pretend) Reasonably good health service (probably not as good as we pretend but reciprocal health agreement is very reassuring if moving from UK) Much lower insurance rates for just about everything (cars, houses etc) No uniform business rate (instead cheaper local rates) Much better internet coverage than in many places in the UK Cheap housing (in spite of the moaners' views on here, it's actually about the same as a "nice" bit of the north of England, certainly much cheaper than the South East of England or Jersey or Guernsey) Low crime rate Lots of good countryside, beaches etc that really enhance quality of life Oh, and edited to add, low personal income tax. Plus, if you're super-rich the tax cap. so nothing then? try- Perceptions of inconsistent quality, inaccessibility, lack of entertainment and lack of vibrancy. Accessibility costs. Awareness of the Isle of Man in the UK & Europe. Weather. Lack of appeal to younger generation. Reliance on a small number of carriers. Significant change in UK VAT sharing agreement. Planning hurdles in respect of new development. Utility costs- nearly double in some cases 55+ demographic is growing. Dodgy dealing. CS/PS problems. This is the beginnings of a good SWOT analysis, we have the strengths and weaknesses, now we need the Opportunities and Threats. Anyone who moves to an island of 86,000 (115,000 if the Chamber of Commerce gets its way) is hardly going to expect the "vibrancy" of a big city, if you're talking about pubs and gigs. Sounds like a teenager's whinge. More of a problem is the "disappointed wives syndrome". Lack of shopping choices etc for rich people. But, to be fair, the quality and range of restaurants in the island has improved enormously over the last 10 years. Anyone who remembers when Castle Street closed when the tourists left the island will recall how truly appalling retailing was once in the island. Things have got a lot better. As for transport and accessibility, it's much cheaper in real terms to fly on and off the island now. You can get to Stansted return for £80 and that fare is not at all hard to get. That's much cheaper than a standard class train from Manchester to London. It's far cheaper than Manx Airlines when it still flew to Heathrow. The weather is worse than Jersey. The whole of the Western world is growing older and has similar demographic timebomb issues. Utilities are more expensive. A deal breaker?
  11. which are? (genuinely interested DED dont know) No corporation tax No stamp duty on houses No inheritance tax No capital gains tax DED sweetners to set up businesses (greatly enhanced soon with the £50m pot announced by Skelly last week) Arguably better state schools than in many places in the world (probably not as good as we pretend) Reasonably good health service (probably not as good as we pretend but reciprocal health agreement is very reassuring if moving from UK) Much lower insurance rates for just about everything (cars, houses etc) No uniform business rate (instead cheaper local rates) Much better internet coverage than in many places in the UK Cheap housing (in spite of the moaners' views on here, it's actually about the same as a "nice" bit of the north of England, certainly much cheaper than the South East of England or Jersey or Guernsey) Low crime rate Lots of good countryside, beaches etc that really enhance quality of life Oh, and edited to add, low personal income tax. Plus, if you're super-rich the tax cap.
  12. The 'perceptive civil servant' ie who spotted £200million per year going down a black hole, would have been triggered in turn by a bunch of hicks bragging how fucking good they was, splashing their money about and trying to get business from the very people who were pouring money into their bank account for no reason other than a mistake. Take a look at the seating arrangements of the banquet. Also, and more importantly, I would suggest that there were domestic shenanigans in the lucrative legal industry on the Island that brought the lovely, peaceful, harmonious Isle of Man under the spotlight of some connected to the village of Westminster. So, if all this was true, the Isle of Man should have been opaque rather than transparent and dishonest rather than honest in the hope that it would "get away with it" for longer? How do you encourage business to the island if you don't promote its advantages (both in fiscal terms and in terms of public sector provision)?
  13. What would you prefer? Bit more openness and honesty about the nature of the relationship. OK. Some honesty. The UK can, if it chooses, legislate over the head of Tynwald. It has the constitutional right. That was last exercised in the Radio Caroline affair in the 60s. If the UK legislates over the island's head and gets the taste for it, it will destroy the Isle of Man's position because confidence in setting its own taxes (and therefore its only real economic advantage) would disappear and so would the fairweather friends who set up business and employ people here. In fact, there would be less reason to set up a business here than in the Hebrides. With all the comments in the last eight years about tax evasion and tax avoidance (from politicians across the world), the Isle of Man has done a fine job in changing practices, signing tax information deals etc with other jurisdictions. Bell and Brown should be commended for doing this. They knew that if they didn't the UK would consider legislating for us, as it had threatened to over the birch and homosexuality. Meanwhile, the Gordon Brown government in the UK also looked at the VAT agreement and a perceptive civil servant spotted that the Isle of Man was getting three times as much per head from it than the UK. That seemed odd. Of course, they were egged on by Richard Murphy and his pals, from a left-wing, social justice point of view. His sums were basically right. So, understandably, the UK said 'we're imposing a new deal on you'. This was not a failure by Manx politicians. To think that somehow it was triggered by Manx politicians bragging about how marvellous the Isle of Man was is incredibly naive. The truth is that the island was being subsidised for years by the UK. To survive, the Isle of Man has to keep its nose clean. It has to have good relations with the UK. A Tory government is basically going to be more sympathetic than a Labour one. If it all goes sour, the island risks losing pretty much everything and going back to spuds and herring (without a herring fleet).
  14. He was in hospital. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/man-dies-while-under-police-guard-at-noble-s-hospital-1-7311505
  15. The pub used to be the Keppel Hotel, at Creg-ny-Baa. So the area's Creg ny Baa. Anyway, the helicopter didn't crash there. It was near the 33rd Milestone, which is some way further up hill, well past Kate's Cottage.
  16. Satan

    Lib Vannin

    Beecroft and Karran keep alluding to things that they think might be murky (film industry) but have never really come up with anything solid or astonishing. They just keep pecking away at it, hoping that something might turn up. Pure opportunists. Liberal Vannin don't really seem to have a coherent philosophy or set of principles. They just don't like "the establishment" very much. It's interesting to note that Karran refused to be a member of Tony Brown's government and take money for being a member of a department. On principle, apparently, because he didn't like the ministerial system. (Didn't stop him being chairman of the Water Authority in the past though. Non-statutory boards must be very different from departments.) But in 2011 when Bell invited Karran to be a minister, he agreed. That didn't last long. However, Beecroft is still happy to be a member of Bell's government (and get the money for doing so), as a member of the Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture. Yet her predecessor as South Douglas MHK, Bill Malarkey, was effectively sacked from the Liberal Vannin Party because he wanted to be a member of a department and get a pay rise. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/bill-malarkey-quits-liberal-vannin-party-1-1774171 So what is the Lib Van policy on that? Party politics would be good for the island if it were organised properly. We'd know what we were voting for or against. As it is, we have 24 different manifestos and candidates. Then, when they're elected, the MHKs have to form a government based on which chief ministerial candidate is most likely to get the most support from the house after the election. Inevitably, no candidate will get all of his/her policies accepted by the rest of the house. It's all compromise and deals. That's the problem when you don't have party politics and a large number of candidates go to the electorate with the same manifesto. I suspect that if MHKs didn't get paid extra as an incentive to work together in departments and as ministers, it would be continual chaos and there could be no political leadership, or we'd have to go back to the situation when the Lieutenant Governor wrote the budget and the elected representatives just nodded occasionally. So what's the alternative? Let's not forget the attempt to get like-minded people elected, which was going to start with Mr Woodford in East Douglas. The "blind trust" of shady backers whose identities were kept secret turned out to be very bad for the reputation of Manx politics.
  17. Might be two more yet. Can malarkey now stand for a vacant legco seat? Great idea! You could stand (if you could get a proposer or seconder in the Keys). I could. Amy could!
  18. Saw Skinner in the hustings for Douglas West when Corkish moved to Leg Co. Nice man but frighteningly dim. Seeing him actually try to speak in a public meeting ensured he didn't get my vote.
  19. What do you think a Quango is? It's simply an acronym for quasi-autonomous non-government organisation. Nothing pejorative about the word. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quango
  20. Could you afford to give up work and do it "for public-spirited reasons"? Or should only the independently wealthy or retired write and pass our laws?
  21. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/two-more-candidates-for-legislative-council-1-7127000
  22. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/health/doctors-concerns-over-changes-in-pension-provision-1-7089547
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