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  1. I'm fairly sure you and I would define 'afford' differently. We're a really affluent country, but incredible unequal. We could fix that quite easily, and the net benefit to the community would be tangible in two or three short years. But I know that you and I will disagree on how to do that. People who are wealthy have often (but not always) worked hard and they deserve to have more than those who have worked less hard. But people who are wealthy have also been lucky - through birth and coincidence - and this is often as much of a factor in their success as the sweat on their brow is. Happier societies have higher tax and higher social provisions. There are many people who would choose to live a community that operated along that model, and they would bring their wealth with them. So you CAN draw up a list of nice-to-haves and you CAN set tax rates accordingly and it CAN prove successful. But personal greed and self interest gets in the way. The Isle of Man had a chance to run a country like this, and instead it blew it: we built the infrastructure but lost our nerve when it came to asking people to pay for it. Instead of making the case for higher taxation, the government nailed its colours to the low tax banner headline, and by doing so it makes the place a destination for tax avoiders who don't share in the idea of the social model. We've imported selfish bastards who have already run away from their responsibilities in their own country - why do we think they'd want to chip in to help fix our house?
  2. This thread is hilarious in the current climate. Who seriously looks at the clusterfuck that Brexit has turned out to be and thinks 'hmmm yes we need some of that over here'? And then the usual remarks about 'running the country like a business' from the right-leaning idiots who aren't watching social care 'companies' going bust in the UK and have glossed over the disaster of outsourcing to companies like Carillion. Instead of running away from everything - like the UK is doing (badly) - why not try fixing things from within. You start with making a list of things you want the country to be - can I suggest that happy and healthy should be top of that list - and after that you work out how much that lifestyle costs. Then you set your tax-rates to cover that amount and you guarantee those who pay in that they will get what you say they will get, so you don't break the social contract. Despite what the Isle of Man has spent 40 years trying to tell you, money does not buy happiness.
  3. Probably why they're put in Ramsey, to reduce the temptation to re-offend.
  4. How much of the £3million that the IOMG receive in advertising and sponsorship deals is just from other parts of IOMG / faux privatised companies?
  5. Energy FM do. Their presenters phone their shows in from the UK.
  6. Sugar is an enormous problem and it's right to identify it as such. If you don't realise how much of a problem, try going 48 hours without consuming any.
  7. http://www.audiocontentfund.org.uk/ A better model for the outdated grant we give to one radio station. It would not see the end of Manx Radio, it would just put the money towards developing a wealth of easily accessible Manx content, handed down from one generation to the next. Instead of subsidising Phil Collins records.
  8. Unlikely if he's from a BFBS background. The answer to this long term is the same one I've said over and over on here: fund the public content separately in a "pool" and let all the stations use it / rewrite it. These costs can then easily be defined and controlled, and they will be related to a tangible benefit that I'm pretty sure everybody would want to exist: genuine public interest broadcasting. Outisde of that the wacky 'jocks' can fight it out amongst themselves for who gets the most advertising and the stations can all cut their cloth accordingly. The Communcations Commission can ensure that each of the stations has to take some of the "pool" material, but 3FM / Energy / Manx wouldn't have to run a newsroom at their own expense and could concentrate on what they're good / not very good at. The model for public service broadcasting is broken in the UK, and the one we have over here is even worse than that one. The world has moved on very quickly, radio is not just an audible medium, sent down from the heavens for us grateful listeners anymore. You wouldn't know it, listening to Manx.
  9. https://media.info/radio/stations/manx-radio/listening-figures https://media.info/radio/stations/3fm/listening-figures Juan might have a point, to be fair. 3FM nearly bagging as much of the market as Manx, but at no cost to the taxpayer.
  10. What are Energy FM's RAJARs? Oh, that's right. I remember.
  11. Prince of Wales award for that reference.
  12. Is it possible his "We shall fight them on the beaches" speech was about the Tampon Invasion of North Ramsey Beach?
  13. You'll always have us, Stu.
  14. Property on the Isle of Man is a case of hot potato. Don't be left holding it when the music stops.
  15. He's a grade A cunt. He thinks the IoM is part of the UK team, happy in our subservient nature, making laws with permission from the UK govt. And he also thinks it's disgusting that the UK is part of the EU team, making laws in cooperation with their neighbours. A total hypocrite. He'll fit right in.
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