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Martyn Sadler

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In Topic: Best cover versions

Today, 05:38 PM

Check out this version of California Dreamin' by the first lady of British jazz, Clare Teal.

 


In Topic: UKIPpery

Today, 03:38 PM

It was quite close. If it went to 2nd vote labour were screwed.
Considering the starting point labour were coming from and the dreadful circumstances behind this bi election, I'm not in gloat mode. The current local labour party have a lot of work on their hands.
Chuffed for my lad tho. He's been doing 14 hour days working on this election.
I hope there is an overwhelming change of approach from elected members, professionals charged with delivering a service for children and as importantly, the police.

Labour won at least partly, I think, because they had a very highly respected candidate in Alan Billings.

 

He has an unimpeachable reputation, as far as I am aware.

 

He needed quite a bit of persuading to stand, I believe, but he was always the best man for the job for the Labour Party.

 

You're right not to gloat.

 

The circumstances that led to this election still remain to be fully revealed.

 

And I suspect that there is an awful lot of work to do to rebuild trust in social workers and political leaders in Rotherham.


In Topic: UKIPpery

24 October 2014 - 08:16 AM

The government has been saying that we're in recovery and they've put out loads of figures to prove it.

 

Those figures now show that our payment to the EU (we get chunks of it back directly and indirectly) needs to rise in proportion with how rich we are as a country.

 

If the recovery was real no one would even notice this extra money drifting away.

Three points in relation to this.

 

I had always been under the impression that the EU was funded by VAT receipts, which presumably are fairly indisputable.

 

And this levy appears to be related to our economic performance since 1995, not just the last couple of years.

 

And the payment of £1.7 billion has to be paid in a matter of weeks.

 

I'm not sure that the opinion poll you referred to would have the same result if carried out today.


In Topic: "Rugby league's international failure is spectacular"

24 October 2014 - 07:41 AM

We are on a slow but inexorable downward spiral.

That's what many people seem to think, and yet if you examine the facts they don't support that argument.

 

In 1971 the First Test between Great Britain and New Zealand was played at Salford and drew a crowd of only 3,764.

 

Just over 40 years later we played the Kiwis in a World Cup semi-final at Wembley and drew 67,545 spectators.

 

In Brisbane last Saturday the biggest game in the international rugby union calendar - the Bledisloe Cup - was played between Australia and New Zealand. It drew just over 45,000 people.

 

This Saturday Australia will play New Zealand, and England will play Samoa at the same venue. This week the NRL revealed that 44,000 tickets had been pre-sold, so the event will probably draw a bigger crowd than the Bledisloe Cup, despite so many people death-riding international Rugby League.

 

So the "downward spiral" seems to be heading in an upwards direction, particularly when you take last year's World Cup into account.

 

Of course it could be better, and no one would dispute that we want to see international Rugby League having a wider base and greater support.

 

Unfortunately the Guardian, like many other British newspapers, is happy to publish stories about international Rugby League being supposedly on its last legs.

 

But the evidence doesn't stack up.


In Topic: UKIPpery

24 October 2014 - 06:04 AM

That should calm things down!

http://www.bbc.co.uk...siness-29751124

Do you think they actually want us out?

 

Barroso and Juncker have both been keen to be seen putting David Cameron firmly in his place within the last week.

 

Given Germany's weakening economic performance, the sclerotic French economy and the continuing Eurozone crisis, it's hard to see who will be able to continue funding the European government.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions?