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John Drake

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In Topic: Rugby League World - New editor, new look, coming soon!

16 April 2015 - 10:45 AM

I hope this doesn't mean another sneaky price rise.




No it doesn't. It'll be staying at £3.99.


RLW has only had one price rise since Feb 2008. Don't think that's bad going really.


And you can save over 14% on the cover price with a subscription!! ;)


In Topic: The TV Thread

16 April 2015 - 09:04 AM

I watch 5 minutes and to be honest that was too long.


Nothing like giving a new show a chance. And that's nothing like... etc.

In Topic: The TV Thread

16 April 2015 - 09:04 AM

Newzoids launched tonight following much fanfare heralding the 'new Spitting Image'. Can't say I was impressed.


The puppets are recognizable but the voices in the main could be anybody. And despite an absolute army of writers the programme was pretty much joke free.


Anybody else see it?




I thought it was pretty good.


Made me laugh out loud a few times.


Very much reminded me of Spitting Image, and was just as hit and miss in its heyday. People only remember the good bits now.


Hopefully this new show will run as long and grow into a worthwhile (and rare) bit of primetime satire, a genre that's almost extinct on the mainstream channels these days. Well done to ITV for at least having a go.

In Topic: General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

12 April 2015 - 12:02 PM

Without going over old ground again, the new labour government didn't run the economy successfully. It was built on over inflated public services and capital spending via PFI. Now the pinch is being felt.
I won't claim to agree with every policy from this government but labours apparent good reputation with the NHS is built on shiny new buildings that future generations will still be paying for

The myth of Tory economic competence doesn't stand up to scrutiny. It's just a line that gets repeated so often and is rarely challenged that a lot of people actually believe it to be true.

You'd think recessions never happened under Tory governments. Yet I've lived through several!

As recently as the last election they promised to rebalance the economy and eliminate the deficit in a single Parliament. They pushed us into a double-dip recession in the attempt yet have ultimately achieved neither, resorting to fuelling another unsustainable housing boom - this time with taxpayers money - to give the impression of a recovery they hope will dupe enough people into voting them back in for another term. They hammer the working poor with increases in VAT which disproportionally punishes those on low incomes while rewarding the well off with income tax reductions. And they claim the credit for increasing the tax threshold when that was actually a Lib Dem policy, not their own.

In opposition, they supported the very spending plans by Labour they now decry as reckless. They called for lighter regulation on a banking system they now blame Labour for crashing through lack of regulation.

Ultimately they're just a bunch of incompetent economic charlatans who benefit from a compliant media.

In Topic: General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

10 April 2015 - 01:05 PM

So candidate deadlines have past.  I think that means people can start using their postal votes very soon.


Yet no manifestos from the big parties.  It's not as if it was a surprise election.


Manifesto launches are early next week. Labour on Monday, Tories on Tuesday. Dunno about the rest.


The nation awaits with bated breath, I'm sure. The newspapers will have written their stories already, regardless of what's in them.


I wonder what percentage of voters read a manifesto before voting?


It'll take a while for postal votes to start dropping, even though the candidate list is now closed. Fair bit of admin involved in the printing and delivery of such important documents, I would imagine.