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Population Policy and yet more Thomas waffle

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18 hours ago, the stinking enigma said:

Chris Thomas is the waffling mans waffler. A buzzword mans buzzworder. He's found his niche in life. Never has a man ever said so little by saying so much

Harsh

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13 hours ago, hissingsid said:

Chris Thomas can ramble and talk for hours without saying anything of value.   He has done nothing of any significance to date.   King of the Waffle and as much use as a chocolate fireguard.

Ah, there is value in some of what he says

But it's carefully hidden

He cues stuff up for open debate but it's very rarely picked up

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7 hours ago, gettafa said:

Chris Thomas actually believes all the shit the senior civil servants feed him to spout. He really does. He's a nice guy and nice guys like to be liked and there's plenty of that from government employees who want to progress on up the gravy train to the golden pension and more. Of all the MHKs he is the one that the CS love the most. Putty in their hands. 

 

Oh, and watch the next general election loom. The civil service gently let their little pets go to do their electioneering and snuggle back in with the voters for a few months. The cs are adept at all this and have a lot more experience than the shiny faced politicians. They'll let their charges have their little love affair with the electorate, but they know full well they'll soon be back in bed with them once the election is over.

Hasn't he just suggested civil servants sometimes hide things?

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1 hour ago, Donald Trumps said:

Ah, there is value in some of what he says

But it's carefully hidden

He cues stuff up for open debate but it's very rarely picked up

Are you suggesting he speaks in code? He's a dog whistler?

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35 minutes ago, the stinking enigma said:

Are you suggesting he speaks in code? He's a dog whistler?

No it's sometimes there in plain earshot - folks don't always listen intently

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Really........ I will grant you he has some inspirational ideas such as a leisure tax for all....less said about that the better and centralizing government so even more civil servants can be employed costing fortunes in wages for us and fortunes in pensions for our kids.    All the boards and corporations are adept at sorting out their own districts affairs, councillers and board members do it for expenses and the people employed by them work in tandem with them .  The idea of a crowd of overpaid experts controlling the whole Island appalled me.   Local knowledge and the personal touch is invaluable.   I think Local Authorities should have more say in planning with input from the people who actually live in the area.    Chris Thomas spends more time justifying his existence than actually achieving anything.   He is an ideas man certainly it is just a great shame his ideas are crap.

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Which of his ideas are the most crap?

Can't say I have ever heard of a leisure tax

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5 hours ago, Donald Trumps said:

Hasn't he just suggested civil servants sometimes hide things?

Yes but that was a rogue civil servant that suggested it. Maybe.

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1 hour ago, Donald Trumps said:

Which of his ideas are the most crap?

Can't say I have ever heard of a leisure tax

It was a new buzzword dreamt up in an attempt fleece us of more of our hard earned.

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It was in the local rag some time ago, it came to nothing luckily, he was wanting every household on the Island to pay a tax to prop up all leisure activities so Betty in Bride would be paying the same amount as Randy in Douglas who has 9 kids and uses all the amenities without traveling.    It was a crackpot idea he wanted all the libraries to join together as well to prop up the one in Douglas who rent premises so are a big drain on the ratepayers, it was a while ago, perhaps 10 months so I cannot give you any pick up on it.   His year is Island 2018 was hardly a raving success either he just tagged on to existing event except for a very expensive concert that was sponsored by Culture Manx or some other charity which is sponsored by guess who..the government and where do they get the money from ?    First correct answer gets a prize, which is a pat on the back.

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23 hours ago, Donald Trumps said:

Ah, there is value in some of what he says

But it's carefully hidden

He cues stuff up for open debate but it's very rarely picked up

He has still to master the art of getting straight to the point. That's why he's a waffler.

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28 minutes ago, hissingsid said:

  His year is Island 2018 was hardly a raving success either he just tagged on to existing event except for a very expensive concert that was sponsored by Culture Manx or some other charity which is sponsored by guess who..the government and where do they get the money from ?    First correct answer gets a prize, which is a pat on the back.

Probably worth reminding people that it wasn't Thomas's daft idea, it was Quayle's daft idea (in his programme for government) which was given to Skelly and his merry men to organise.  Which they didn't until it was nearly the start of the Year, when the Cabinet Office took it over and cobbled together what they could.  It was all fairly pathetic, but the real blame in this case lies elsewhere. 

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Mr Thomas, who is known to relish data and statistics, ...

.....added:  ’It is not appropriate to use that Job Link data as a reliable means of measuring either the size of the working population or the public sector, or even to make comparisons between the two, as people recorded in Job Link data include those who have left employment but their records are not closed down, and those who are not active in employment but retain employment records.’

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Just now, Donald Trumps said:

Mr Thomas, who is known to relish data and statistics, ...

.....added:  ’It is not appropriate to use that Job Link data as a reliable means of measuring either the size of the working population or the public sector, or even to make comparisons between the two, as people recorded in Job Link data include those who have left employment but their records are not closed down, and those who are not active in employment but retain employment records.’

How about those who have been recruited but don't yet appear on the headcount because the records haven't been similarly updated?

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