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2 hours ago, code99 said:

When even the tiniest slither of criticism is batted away with ‘don’t question me!’ attitude, then inevitably a wedge of failures will slowly but surely creep in and eventually the whole ‘house of cards’ will ultimately collapse in on itself.

People don’t seem to grasp that the condescending ‘’if you don’t like it here – then there is a boat in the morning…” mantra is not just an idiosyncratic feature of the local culture, it is a sad philosophy that has permeated every sphere of public life. Many of our civil servants and our politicians are far too thin-skinned. Some are little more than pampered narcissists who are more concerned about protecting and massaging their egos than they are of serving their nation. They don’t want to be held accountable for anything - time and time again their begrudging admissions of mistakes are turned into the other clichéd catchphrase ‘lessons will be learnt!’ Of course, no lessons will ever be learnt until the GMP wakes up to the fact that the prevailing quip; ‘if you don’t like it, leave!’ is not conducive to fostering talent, it is not encouraging higher standards, it is not building a better future by accepting differences of opinion and thinking outside the box to find better ways forward. Instead, it is a delusional fake comfort-blanket and a recipe for ongoing mediocrity and because of that, failure.  

I have been reading comment similar to this on the forum for several years. This, and many  others state views and opinions about what is wrong with 'here'. But, importantly, there is no explanation of Why the island, and therefore us, are in this position. 

I am not saying this post and the others are in any way correct. Generally I can agree with the points made but we have further to go to understand how the island works in the way that it does, what problems are created and then try to resolve them.

Including the natural assets of the island like location, geography, heritage etc and also the inherent skills and productivity of Manx population over the years I question what events have created the attitudes that resulted in the comments noted above. And, more importantly, what continues to drive them. 

Primarily at the heart of what I am asking is exactly what it is that 'flavours' the relationships between Manx people and the 'comeovers' views of the Manx way of life that seems, underneath, to influence, or not, the way the island's systems operate. 

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8 minutes ago, Apple said:

I have been reading comment similar to this on the forum for several years. This, and many  others state views and opinions about what is wrong with 'here'. But, importantly, there is no explanation of Why the island, and therefore us, are in this position. 

I am not saying this post and the others are in any way correct. Generally I can agree with the points made but we have further to go to understand how the island works in the way that it does, what problems are created and then try to resolve them.

Including the natural assets of the island like location, geography, heritage etc and also the inherent skills and productivity of Manx population over the years I question what events have created the attitudes that resulted in the comments noted above. And, more importantly, what continues to drive them. 

Primarily at the heart of what I am asking is exactly what it is that 'flavours' the relationships between Manx people and the 'comeovers' views of the Manx way of life that seems, underneath, to influence, or not, the way the island's systems operate. 

The self serving of the few outweighs the needs of the many!

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7 hours ago, code99 said:

Agreed.

When even the tiniest slither of criticism is batted away with ‘don’t question me!’ attitude, then inevitably a wedge of failures will slowly but surely creep in and eventually the whole ‘house of cards’ will ultimately collapse in on itself.

People don’t seem to grasp that the condescending ‘’if you don’t like it here – then there is a boat in the morning…” mantra is not just an idiosyncratic feature of the local culture, it is a sad philosophy that has permeated every sphere of public life. Many of our civil servants and our politicians are far too thin-skinned. Some are little more than pampered narcissists who are more concerned about protecting and massaging their egos than they are of serving their nation. They don’t want to be held accountable for anything - time and time again their begrudging admissions of mistakes are turned into the other clichéd catchphrase ‘lessons will be learnt!’ Of course, no lessons will ever be learnt until the GMP wakes up to the fact that the prevailing quip; ‘if you don’t like it, leave!’ is not conducive to fostering talent, it is not encouraging higher standards, it is not building a better future by accepting differences of opinion and thinking outside the box to find better ways forward. Instead, it is a delusional fake comfort-blanket and a recipe for ongoing mediocrity and because of that, failure.  

As for G7 and the changing global political environment around the question of setting a minimum company tax rate, my view is that the impact on this Island’s ‘business model’ will be significant, and effectively dealing with that will require very different calibre of politicians and civil servants than we have today. The current crop have admitted that they are out of their depth – by deciding to leave this as an issue for the next Administration to solve. We will be ‘doomed’ if the next Administration do not do a lot better.       

The most accurate summing up of the island and its unique "Problems" - boat in the morning attitude, I have ever seen on here.

It really does go right through the whole island. 

Open your eyes Manxies, inc you piebaps, the place is falling apart and looks like crap.

Hell even your precious TT race and its milestones look like sh1t these days, they have not been cleaned or replaced since the wooden ones were removed.

Does nobody care?

It really does not look like it 😞 

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