Manx Independent letters, July 9, 2015

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Can you identify good samaritan?

My son, Zak Liver, his partner Tamara and their eight-week-old baby called Alaska Mae went across to see her mum and sister on Saturday, June 27.

He borrowed our car, a BMW X3, as they were heading off to stay in Ashton-under-Lyme to do some shopping also.

All was going to plan until I received a call on the Saturday afternoon saying that the car had fluid coming from it and they had had to call the RAC.

It was towed to Tamara’s sister’s home and they called me.

The expansion tank had split, and therefore they had to wait until Monday to get it bought and put back on, after talking to the RAC man.

All well and good we thought. However, there was another call on Sunday at 3pm from my son, and he really did not want to talk about what he had to say. On that morning, they had borrowed her mother’s car as they then wanted to go to Manchester Trafford Centre.

They got the baby bag containing changing things, car keys and house keys and put it on the roof of the car until they had put the baby into her seat.

It was their only set of house keys as they had moved to a new rental property on the Friday.

So the car keys were in the bag along with the house keys, money, cards, etc.

When they arrived at the Trafford Centre they got everything out – except they could not find the bag. They had left it on top of the car!

So hence the call to me, very upset and at a loss. So I booked a ferry to Liverpool on the Sunday and got into Ashton-under-Lyme that evening with a spare set of keys and funds.

In the meantime, they had called police to inform them and had spent twohours looking for the bags trying to retrace their steps.

No bag, and Tamara was still very upset.

On the Monday we got parts for the car and fitted the expansion tank, then went to a garage to check things out. They checked the radiator and water pump, and we were told that the head gasket might be on the way out as the temperature gauge was on the up.

So we decided that, coming back on the Tuesday, we would do 50mph on the motorway and take care just in case it would develop a major fault and we would be in dire straits again.

On the Monday night around 9pm Tamara was in her room at the Travelodge in Ashton and there was a knock at her door.

She opened it and a lady stood there and said: ‘I have something of yours – the changing bag.’

Tamara asked where she found it and the lady said: ‘My daughter found it on the road.’

Tamara burst into tears with relief and the kindness of the lady. She checked the bag and everything was in there – cards, cash and clothes for the baby.

The lady who brought the bag back to Tamara said that she lived in Kirk Michael, and her daughter lived across.

She had checked the details in the bag and found out that they were staying another night in the Travelodge and she came down to give the bag back. We believe the mother was driving a black Fiat, a small car, but we did not take note of the car details.

To lose the bag and cards and cash, then to be given it back, especially across, we were all amazed and delighted that there are people in the world who are decent and thoughtful.

What we would like is to find out the person, if possible, or anyone who knows them so that we can firmly say a big, big thank you to her with a bunch of flowers or something!

Are you able to help with this story please? The lady was of small build with black or very dark hair.

John Liver, Douglas

Anyone wishing to respond to this appeal should call the newsroom on 695697 or email newsdesk@newsiom.co.im

Editor

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Take care of the care workers

Last week’s Manx Independent carried a report on new rules for migrant workers, in effect stipulating that those earning less that £35,000 annually must return home after three years. The report mentions that those exempt from the earnings rule will include ‘ministers of religion, people who are doing PhD-level jobs or people who are employed in shortage occupations’.

The major Christian denominations in the island are moving away from full-time professional clergy towards non stipendiary ministers while, traditionally, the ‘free churches’ have always favoured lay preachers. Local followers of the other Abrahamic faiths, to the best of my knowledge, foresee no immediate need for a full time rabbi or imam.

I therefore fail to see why a blanket exemption is needed for ministers of religion, when the general exemption for those employed in shortage occupations already covers any special case. Surely the only ones to gain from a blanket exemption are opportunists who view the island’s relatively prosperous people as a ‘target audience’ for dubious fringe or ‘New Age’ religious groupings.

In effect then, the blanket exemption is an open invitation to any charismatic con-artist to fleece the Manx public. Meanwhile, the more serious problem of how we care for our elderly and infirm is not addressed.

Does the government have plans to ensure enough people can be recruited and trained locally for such work? Do enough locals want to accept modest salaries for doing it?

There is, of course, another answer. The government could take care work seriously enough to ensure care workers are properly trained and rewarded. Committed locals and non-islanders could then compete for socially useful jobs paying a living wage, and such competition would ensure standards of care went up.

Frankly, there may be more chance of a deity being reborn as a Manx kipper than that happening.

Stuart Hartill, 1, The Sycamores, Walpole Road, Ramsey

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