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  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-46398008?fbclid=IwAR1xce5VpVzCZu1M-rmriIFHFNolR_NCTtpJazAyhcXBjH1y_OK4tN5U2ww
  2. Forgetting that one of his constituents is the applicant - time to stand up and be counted. From an economic perspective there are good arguments for approving this development which will provide jobs, facilities and much needed holiday accommodation in the north which is already experiencing the largest growth in self catering accommodation on the island. He isn't elected to vote the way his constituents want, he's been elected to contribute towards the prosperity of the island and protecting delivery of services and quality of life for the whole population, we're talking about an Island of around 85,000 residents not just the 300-400 who live in Bride.
  3. Listened to Tim Baker on the radio this morning and then read his Facebook post below. "At times the multiple roles we play as MHK's causes complications! The most important aspect is representing our constituents, so yesterday I formally recused myself from my Planning Committee role in respect of the proposed Glen Truan development in Bride. This will prevent conflicts of interest arising and help ensure transparency around whatever decisions are made on this application. Would really encourage everyone to engage with the planning process and ensure your views are heard to ensure that the right decision is made for the Island" Looks to me as if he's got his ar$e firmly on the fence and hoping to avoid having to settle on way or the other, he's clearly terrified of loosing his seat over the development proposals. As a businessman he will see all to clearly the economic opportunities this development presents, then again his constituents won't like it, I'd hoped that he'd have the integrity to stand up and be counted for what he believes is right, it looks more as if he's already got his eye on protecting his seat in the next election.
  4. Biggest shock is the amount paid to "Directors" the Douglas Peel and Ramsey Pastors seems to be picking up as much as a quarter share of £222k each per year, FFS its hardly a full time job. No wonder they're always happy.
  5. One of the benefits of closing the whole road is there are no passing cars to see them leaning on their shovels.....
  6. I'd tend the flowers on his grave - it would be a relief
  7. Contact Dr Allinson MHK, he is (or was) a Director of a UK Fibromyalgia support organisation
  8. is there a suggestion that the £83,000 was recorded but because the company is not able to evidence receipts more than that may have been received but not recorded. I suppose if you cant trust the church who can you trust...
  9. http://ramsey.gov.im/default.aspx/categories/114/Media-Releases/articles/15241/North-Ward-Bye-Election-Results/ FFinlo Bardolph Runciman Williams elected to fill Lawrie Hoopers seat. 14% turnout it would have been cheaper to ask a man in the pub to take the job on.
  10. The worst type of property for a first time buyer who will undoubtedly be targeted by whoever takes them on. They will be a money pit and will quickly deteriorate if owners haven't go the money needed just to keep them in reasonable order. A fine example of heritage the conservationists will say, actually their built of rubble and would be better of reduced again and the site redeveloped. If Government really wants to keep rubbish like this then it should fund the maintenance - this isn't Cregneash.
  11. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/board-welcomes-news-former-school-site-will-be-developed-1-8209614 https://services.gov.im/planningapplication/services/planning/planningapplicationdetails.iom?ApplicationReferenceNumber=16/01103/B Interesting application, its a pity they couldn't be a bit more imaginative with the design for a site which is prominent in the town. There's enough 70's tat around the place, something that reflects the 21st century would be welcomed.
  12. Allinson 2946 47% Hooper 1471 24% Singer 886 14% Crowe 716 11% McDonough 236 4% - Oh Sh*t - the forum has some credibility
  13. with such wonderfully polite discussion I am stunned that Leonard Singer didn't stick around I am no fan of the man but he has been subject to a fair amount of abuse at this election which is neither fair or constructive. Plenty of people not wanting to hear his side or discuss matters with an open mind but more just wanting to shout and abuse to make them feel better for no benefit on either side. I have no intention of voting for him and haven't heard anything from him to convince me otherwise so I let him go about his business. I feel sorry for the man, from what I've heard the response to his canvassing has been likened to manxforum responses
  14. Yes I do think that all the people stood around the entrance to these things make it all a bit of an overwhelming experience at times Having seen who my original first choice candidate had at the front door this morning canvassing on their behalf I changed my mind....
  15. good showing by the new boys, and I hope I SInger and the other two idiots (McD and C) fall by the wayside on polling day by a big margin. With the F*$k over the polling cards I can see Singer submitting an election petition if he fails by a small margin.
  16. good luck to him, if it pays of it'll be despite DED and DOI, but I'm sure there'll be plenty of grovelling arse lickers around to mop up whatever credit can be obtained.
  17. We'll some interesting mid-term figures, hearing whats been said on here, and in other social media forums, and listening to friends around town, the predictive result so far is looking believable. If it is right it will add a lot of credibility to the opinions expressed on the forum which is a disturbing prospect.
  18. Thanks for the online mapping advice John, just checked my address and the details all tie in with the new (second) polling card I've received for Ramsey. That said the polling station is not the one which I've traditionally/historically used for the past 30+ years. I can see a lot of older people wandering down to vote and being turned away to go the other polling station and they may not bother going there. I also noticed the voters stats and was surprised to see that over 700 people in Ramsey are eligible but not registered to vote. Whatever the new government does it has to sort out voter registration and the election process. You should be able to do this online or turn up at the town hall with your id and be registered straight away, I don't see why everything has to be done in Douglas - I wouldn't be surprised to see the function past to the post office and sub-contracted to IOM Breweries..
  19. As in the real election, invisible :-( its a good idea but there's no option in real life, failing to vote means you accede everyone else's choice, even if only 5% of the population voted the two who get the most votes will be elected for the next 5 years. It would be great to have a position where you needed over a certain percentage of the possible votes to get in, or if everyone was compelled by law to vote, and if the NOA vote polled top then a re-election was undertaken, but that's not going to happen.
  20. Stop being silly. Why silly? Ramsey's been held back for years by certain parties (think, "Marina" for instance?). Weak political representation at Keys level simply plays into the hands of such an agenda. It wasn't Allan Bell that held back the Marina though. a look at hansard http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/hansard/20002020/TC-20010711-v0118.pdf (last page) will show that the Marina failed when Singer and Bell voted against the land transfer application made by the Commissioners which needed Tynwld approval.
  21. Indeed you'd hope that his earning potential as an accountant far outweighs that as a MHK
  22. A small amusing exercise to see how much the views of the forum are representative of the general population. Just choose the one or two candidates you would vote for. I know this has the potential to turn into another slagging match but after next Thursday it'll all be over.
  23. Good point Rhumsaa "Dr Allinson handled the questions about his split role well and whilst I agree with you that I suspect his split role won't last I felt he acknowledged that and said he would see how it went and change if necessary. Seemed a sensible approach to me." The worry here is that the split role is driven more by financial considerations and the desire to maintain the ability to practice as a doctor. I don't think he can do both and if he really wants to be a politician he has to commit fully to the role from day one, for that reason I'm out and he won't be getting my vote. There's too much of a hint of Zak Hall in this position which I find unpalatable.
  24. Mine arrived this morning
  25. An interesting night at the Ramsey requisition meeting which could have been improved if steady Eddie had kept a better rick on the candidates who mostly pull the political trick of saying what they wanted rather than answering the questions. Only two of the candidates were supported by their partners attendance (McDonough and Singer being single of course) and Dr Allinson cast a lonely image arriving at the venue last amongst the candidates on his own. The meeting kicked of with some promise with Leonard being verbally assaulted over his occupancy of subsidised public sector housing and his advancing years, I hadn't realised he's 73, it seemed to floor him and to be honest it probably raises the question as to whether if elected he'd survive the full term. The attack should have been halted earlier than it was and there was clearly a lot of animosity towards him from the audience perhaps indicating that he has lost some of his earlier support. His repose was decent apparently he makes a voluntary addition payment to the commissioners for his sheltered housing rent, and he's entitled to be there - its just the system thats wrong. The only other real individual challenge was to Dr Allinson as to how he intended to balance continuing as a GP and being a constituency MHK and an active member of Tynwald. He explained an intent to work as a GP Mondays and Fridays and on Thursday evening, explaining that Dr Mann had successfully managed both in Garff, and listing a whole load of minor functions he performs which he suggested he would step back from if needed - to be honest I can't believe he spends as much time as he infers on such a load of irrelevant functions - no wonder you can't get a GP appointment. It strikes me that Dr Mann was a different Doctor in different times when Doctoring was a true vocation and surgeries ran on evenings and Saturdays and the GP was expected to turn out on call 24/7 to people homes to deal will sick kids and ailing grand-parents. Dr Allinson falls into the modern model of GP (which interesting he has been leading propagator of) - Monday to Friday 9-6 surgeries only and he's kidding himself and the voters if he thinks he can really do both. An interesting sub-thread to this was how the Ramsey Group Practice intends to manage his absence (even if he just goes part time) and how the GP's will be able to provide an acceptable service to Ramsey and the North, although it wasn't elaborated on I was left wondering what the contractual obligation of the partner Doctors is to provide GP services and how they perform against their contractual obligations. I can see the potential for a shed load of hurt if Dr Allison gets elected as there doesn't seem to be any real leadership at the Group Practice which could be relied upon to manage his loss. It's going to be the GP services users who will suffer - ironically exactly those people who will be voting for him. Overall Lawrie Hooper seemed to be talking the most sense, although he'll need a lot of fellow thinkers to get elected if there's to be a root and branch review of Government and its finances. He has the potential to be elected although as a Lib-Van member I think he'll be in the minority and will inevitably struggle because of it. The final two candidates didn't really shine, neither were challenged by the audience - possibly as they're not really seen as credible candidates - Nick Crowe focused on his being a local boy, the inevitability of putting up income tax, economic doom and gloom and the promise to take tough decisions and get on with things. He certainly didn't come across as the right wing homophobic he has been presented as on the forums. His main theme is the reintroduction of a Ramsey Marina Scheme with private investment, considering the past disquiet over the Marina proposals it was interesting that there was no dissent from anyone in the audience - perhaps the town has realised that the boat was well and truly missed when the last scheme was kicked out. John McDonough just failed to shine, there's just no substance to the man and he struggled to string more than a few words together. IMO a vote for him is not just a waste of a vote but a waste of paper and ink. This election is going to be a turning point for Ramsey, despite what people think Allan actually managed to get quite a bit done in the past few years, this lot will put the town well and truly in the political wilderness that the north of the Island is fast becoming.
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