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Were those pics in the DM taken at one of the ‘golden couple’s’ parties on the Island, which one is Doug?

IMHO, whoever leaked the HSBC documents to the press has performed a valuable public service. As a matter of fact, the High Court has ruled that the UK VIP PPE procurement scheme was unlawful – when will somebody be sent to the nick?

I consider this whole sordid story to be a guide to 'how to get rich quickly' - why slave away working in hospitality or education or NHS, etc., if all you had to do was to charm a Minister in the UK government…and you will never have to worry about the cost-of-living crisis ever again! If only those ‘undeserving poor’ (aka Lady M’s Instagram followers) had their wits about them and were able to fathom how easy was to become billionaires, if one ignored the rules that apply to other people?

As far as the IOM’s ‘Covid Inquiry’ is concerned, I expect it to be very dull reading – ‘nothing to see here’, and if there is 'something' then it will already have either swept under the rug, obscured or shredded.     

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1 hour ago, offshoremanxman said:

Turton basically confirming they’ve been gagged as DB has more money than they have. 

It's all point of law though.

They're reporting on facts, it seems. What's the big problem?

Makes a farce of Turton's bs piece about reporting on politics too.

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4 minutes ago, NoTailT said:

It's all point of law though.

They're reporting on facts, it seems. What's the big problem?

Because rich people and organisations can still tie media outlets up in costly litigation, even if they don't have a good case and are reporting what other outlets say.  Such actions are known as SLAPP suits and some jurisdictions have legislation to prevent them.  Given that extended, pointless lawsuits seem to be a Manx speciality, we obviously don't.

Devon Watson said in the replies that: There was initially an article reporting on evidence uncovered by the Guardian on Manx Radio and in IOM today that has since been taken down.  Which seems plausible as both have done such articles before.  Trying to get them taken down seems a bit futile unless you can somehow block off access to the rest of the internet, but maybe it's a warning to the locals not to do any investigation  off their own bat.

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8 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

Because rich people and organisations can still tie media outlets up in costly litigation, even if they don't have a good case and are reporting what other outlets say.  Such actions are known as SLAPP suits and some jurisdictions have legislation to prevent them.  Given that extended, pointless lawsuits seem to be a Manx speciality, we obviously don't.

Devon Watson said in the replies that: There was initially an article reporting on evidence uncovered by the Guardian on Manx Radio and in IOM today that has since been taken down.  Which seems plausible as both have done such articles before.  Trying to get them taken down seems a bit futile unless you can somehow block off access to the rest of the internet, but maybe it's a warning to the locals not to do any investigation  off their own bat.

An FOI to NPM would be interesting.

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1 hour ago, offshoremanxman said:

I agree they could just write a story reporting that the guardian and the mail have published a story. They obviously don’t have the bottle . 

Not sure it’s that, probably been served an injunction requiring them to remove articles & desist from publication 

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51 minutes ago, Banker said:

Not sure it’s that, probably been served an injunction requiring them to remove articles & desist from publication 

It just looks stupid - a bit like the footballers and the super injunctions. So you can read it in the off island press all over the internet but the on island press won’t cover it. Which leads to a load of local people assuming that our press are being legally gagged. Which is the exact impression that you wouldn’t be wanting local people to walk away with. 

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1 hour ago, Banker said:

Not sure it’s that, probably been served an injunction requiring them to remove articles & desist from publication 

Probably not an injunction, just a few vaguely threatening lawyers' letters would be enough.  It's not a battle they are going to want to fight when they are just repeating someone else's reporting.  They'd probably be alright, but it's not worth the risk when the information is out there anyway.  Of course there could also be pressure from political quarters as well "so as not to make the Island look bad".

Why such tactics would be used is another matter, possibly to prevent further investigation here, but it would seem a bit heavy handed.  Sometimes things get done just because they can be, rather than because they make sense.

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