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#3141508 The Queen's Birthday Honours list (merged threads)

Posted by Phil on 16 June 2015 - 10:25 AM

I agree !
I hate the honours system, full stop, but we have it so I dont have a problem with people getting them who have done great things to get it such as Lenny Henry. When he was starting his career in the 70's places like the BBC were so institutionally racist it was inconcievable that any black person would get are career on TV. They were still making the Black & White minstrel show for gods sake !
You've also got to admire him for his charity work. He's probably done as much (if not more) than people like Bob Geldoff, but because he doesn't shout about it he doesn't get the same public recognition.

There are some others on that list though that you think WTF !
Jonny Wilkinson - thought he retired years ago. Just goes to show how much a*** kissing there still is between the Twickers elite and the Palace tax wasters.
Simon Hughes - Average politician who did well to keep his racism hidden from public scrutiny
Nicky Campbell - What the hell has he ever done thats worthy of recognition ? Do you think the Royals actually know he's from a family of born & bred IRA terrorists
Frank Lampard - He's just another ponsey, over-paid footballer

Campbell was adopted at birth his natural families IRA connections affect him just how?

#3137982 HSBC

Posted by Phil on 09 June 2015 - 10:34 PM

Is anyone surprised?


#3133748 Benjamin Garcia NRL Deal

Posted by Phil on 02 June 2015 - 01:05 PM

Me too. England must play France at least once a year maybe even twice a year with tests in France.

St George's day and Bastille day tests with the 3rd game decider rotated between France and Great Britain?

#3133668 Privilege

Posted by Phil on 02 June 2015 - 11:21 AM

A bit personal but here goes, I get a wee bit ticked off by the "all you need to do is work hard and you'll make it" line.

The hardest working guy I ever knew was my grandfather. He worked all the hours God sent, hod carrying, laying down the blackstuff not stopping for bad weather cos in the words of the song "no money if you stopped for rain".

We rarely saw him as kids, he was always away working on some construction site or other.

He died at the age of 63, absolutely broken by a life of unrelenting physical graft, and when he went there was just about enough money in his account to bury him.

Maybe he should have worked harder? He obviously hadn't "made it"

#3131431 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Phil on 29 May 2015 - 02:13 PM


As for the unions,do you want to return to the days when we had blackouts,bins not being emptied,schools shut,thankfully those days are long gone.I worked in North America in the 70/80s i was a Teamsters(largest in the world at the time) union member,the reps i met were horrified how our unions could hold our country to ransom,they were embarasssing to say the least,

And why should todays union members have their subs they pay fund labour,the majority dont vote labour,

I can see your bitter about the election result but you'll have to live with it for another 5 years



Of course if you hate the unions so much, maybe you'd like to give back the benefits they won for the working class?


So, you'll no doubt be working a 16 hour day 6 days a week? No minimum pay so your boss pays you what he likes, when he likes? don't get sick because there'll be no healthcare, unless you can afford it, want a holiday? mmm best ask your boss, I'm sure he'll be sympathetic.

#3130589 Corruption arrests at FIFA

Posted by Phil on 28 May 2015 - 08:56 AM

Is there really any point in "cleaning up" FIFa?  an organisation with that much money and global influence will always attract a certain type of "businessman", and once one's in there they'll get their mates in and start politicking their way to the top. That's what corporate businessmen do, it's their raison d'etre.


whether its a dodgy bank, dodgy oil company or dodgy football association, none of them end up being run by Willy Wonka or Chris Cringle. that's probably how Blatter and a few other dodgy geezers with seemingly few connections to football ended up there in the first place.


Is FIFA the only corporation that has been taken over and run in this way?


I ###### doubt it, all the corporations who were feigning horror at slave labour in Qatar and the corruption and who are now threatening to withdraw their sponsorship, are run in exactly the same way

#3130407 Ireland votes yes

Posted by Phil on 27 May 2015 - 05:05 PM

The Catholic Church lorded it over the Republic for years, it's malign influence held society back and preyed on its children, any diminishing of its influence can only be good

#3130406 Fox hunting

Posted by Phil on 27 May 2015 - 05:02 PM

Can a civilised society live up to that claim when it's enshrined in law that it's members can chase an animal to exhaustion and then watch it being ripped to pieces by dogs, an agonising death for those who've witnessed it, and then smear the blood of said animal over their children's faces?

#3129572 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Phil on 26 May 2015 - 01:10 PM

John Prescott has it right I think.  "Aspiration" to most of the leadership candidates seems to mean "people like me", aiming for a way into comfortable middle-class life away from lower end work.  I think this does a massive disservice to the majority of people who are actually quite comfortable where they are already and have different aspirations.  For example, an aspiration could be that their kids all go to university or get into a trade or that they can have enough money for a nice holiday once a year or even that they get to retire early enough to enjoy retirement as a healthy person if they've had a physical career.  Aspiration isn't all about money as defined by how much you earn this year, despite what many politicians think.


Labour in 1997 got it right, they appealed to a very broad audience targeting the wants and needs of that audience from keeping within financial targets to enhancing the NHS to fixing ancient schools and so on.  Giving people hope for their future beyond the opportunity for few pennies extra in their pockets each month.


Absolutely. as much as people like me might not like it, most working class people don't want revolution, they want secure, well paid employment for themselves and their children, they want a nice house and maybe a car, they want their kids to have the chance to go to college or get the aforementioned job, they want decent healthcare when they get sick, and the chance to get away somewhere for a break once or twice a year.


These are hardly extortionate demands are they? And yet..........

#3125516 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by Phil on 19 May 2015 - 09:39 PM

We "help" other countries with state funding so they'll give British companies business. Those British companies will then use all manner of tax schemes to ensure that no corporation tax, PAYE or any other tax revenue gets into the British government's coffers, all while hiring the cheapest foreign nationals they can. Yay.

I wasn't advocating it just pointing out how it works and yes you're quite correct

#3120413 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Phil on 10 May 2015 - 02:02 PM

Actually, they could be corralled under one overarching step really (if that's not mixing my metaphors): greater state control of just about everything.


#3120402 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Phil on 10 May 2015 - 01:49 PM

That isn't fair. Throughout the years leading up to the independence referendum, Salmond and Sturgeon travelled throughtout the north of England trying to build alliances with business and civic leaders, trying to reassure them that their success was essential to our future. The idea of a high-speed railway linking the three city-regions of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle/NE has been kicking around in Scotland has been kicking around a while, and was resurrected again during this election campaign.

And the SNP offered to work with the Labour Party to benefit areas like the north and the poorer areas of Wales, but Miliband's rejected that offer of solidarity in no uncertain terms.

And Scotland has, electorally, stood shoulder to shoulder with working class areas of England and Wales for decades. On this occasion, with the opportunities opening up for us, surely you can understand how we voted.

Yes absolutely and I genuinely wish we were coming with you

#3120399 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Phil on 10 May 2015 - 01:47 PM

You mean independence? Well so long as you do it without the Barnett formula. You Scots want to have your cake and eat it but us English have the cake so your leader needs to be careful.

Typical "English" arrogance there. They've voted for a party that wants independence why shouldn't they have it?

#3120193 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Phil on 10 May 2015 - 12:07 AM

Good grief man/woman give up your digging to deep you'll be buried
Your obviously envious/jealous of people whos families have money

Had this argument before, left wingers must be jealous mustn't they?

Well no I'm not, I've got a good job, I earn lots of money, I live in a nice house and get away on holiday twice a year

Oh and Back to the Future, I do it by working 4.5 days a week!!!

Which means I get lots of time with family and friends

Who's jealous now?

#3119781 puppy advice

Posted by Phil on 09 May 2015 - 01:01 PM

That's what puppies do, basically he's teething, get him stuff to chew and keep other stuff out of the way