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Martyn Sadler

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#3267400 Question Time (4th Feb 2016)

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 04 February 2016 - 01:38 PM

It's a shame they brought the show to Bradford and then didn't have anyone from Bradford on the panel. What's the point?


It's not like we don't already know what people like Farage will say, whether you agree with it or not, because we've all heard it a thousand times or more.


Bradford has some interesting, high profile political figures on all sides of the spectrum. Whether you like or agree with them or not, people like Naz Shah (Labour, Bradford West), Phillip Davies (Conservative, Shipley), David Ward (former Lib Dem MP for Bradford East) would have made up a more varied and relevant panel, and could comment with some degree of authority on issues of concern to an audience drawn from Bradford.


Apart from seeing if there is anyone in the audience I recognise, there is absolutely nothing about this show with that panel that draws me to watch it.


Question Time seems to have regressed in this regard in recent years.


I remember a previous occasion some years ago when the programme came from Bradford and the Bulls' then chief executive Abi Ekoku was a panellist.


What's frustrating is the over-exposure of some panellists, like Farage, and the under-exposure of voices that could send a strong regional message. If they are going to have a journalist on the panel I can't see for the life of me why it shouldn't be, for example, the editor of the Yorkshire Post, as the major regional news outlet.


And I agree with your points about local politicians. I'm sure that a combination of Naz Shah and Phillip Davies would lead to some interesting debate that would be refreshing because we haven't seen them before in this context.

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#3260373 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 21 January 2016 - 01:51 PM

Alfie Taylor just displays the same level of bitterness and spite as he did before he was thrown off this board the last time.


Do you seriously believe that UKG and it's agents were not talking to the PIRA before and after the Brighton bombing? And, if you are referring to the 'killings' in Gibraltar, they were alleged PIRA members murdered in cold blood by the SAS.


You don't know that he was thrown off the board. He may have been, but even I don't know that one way or another.


And, in any case, the difference between the UKG talking to the PIRA and Corbyn doing so is that the government was trying to bring a terrible series of events to an end, while Corbyn was clearly expressing his sympathy for the terrorists.


And to my knowledge he has never backtracked on that stance.

#3260361 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 21 January 2016 - 01:32 PM

You do seem to have a problem distinguishing between democratic socialism and totalitarianism don't you? You've lost none of your self-serving bitterness whilst you've been off this forum either. Diddums! 


The difficulty for you is that Alfie Taylor's contention looks very plausible.


Corbyn bringing IRA members into Westminster shortly after the Brighton bomb in 1984, and his standing in honour of IRA members who were killed by the SAS in 1987, are just two examples that suggest where his sympathies lie.

#3260289 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 21 January 2016 - 10:56 AM

It's interesting to see that the Labour Party spent £223,573 on their US advisor David Axelrod’s company AKP & D Message and Media, while they also spent £184,609.67 on another American PR guru Michael Sheehan.
Sheehan's job was to prepare Ed Miliband for the big interviews and debates of the election campaign. It was apparently Sheehan who helped Miliband to prepare for his interview with Jeremy Paxman when he declared: "Hell yes, I’m tough enough".
I recall watching that, and thinking how strange and out of character Miliband's comment was.
The idea of recruiting expensive American PR firms to advise in British elections seems counter-productive to me, and I doubt whether Jeremy Corbyn, whatever other faults he may have, will be foolish enough to go down that route.

#3259624 Good to see a positive story about immigration & education

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 19 January 2016 - 11:18 AM

A school in the poorest part of east London has succeeded in getting Oxbridge offers for eight of its students, most of whom are the children of immigrants.


Good to see both the school and the students succeeding.

#3257958 The middle east...

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 14 January 2016 - 04:49 PM

The rules of armed combat are quite clear: The American crew screwed up.  They were held according to international law then released in good faith.  Nothing to see, let's move on.  Unless you're a Republican politician or crazed lunatic who suggests that the US should have gone to war over their own mistake.  Only a brain-dead fool would suggest sabre-rattling military escalation over this incident is even slightly appropriate.


What did they expect the Iranians to do?  Apologise profusely for inconveniencing the American military personnel in Iranian territorial waters?


You and Bedford Roughyed are missing the point, which is that when forces of the world's supposed superpower are humiliated at gunpoint by a country it has recently supposedly done a deal with, then the superpower isn't a superpower any more. And to put the photos and video out as the Iranians did was to cock a snook at the Geneva Convention, apart from anything else.


If you set yourself the task of being the world's policeman, as the Americans have by and large since the SWW, you can only do that if other nations respect you, which is another way of saying they fear you.


When they are not frightened to kick sand in your face, your power has gone.


That's all well and good, but if the Americans are giving up that role, other nations will take their place. And, whoever they are, their values may not be compatible with ours.


An awful lot of other countries with despotic regimes, as well as terrorist groups, will have been watching this and drawing their own conclusions.

#3257613 English Votes for English Laws

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 13 January 2016 - 04:13 PM

If we are going to have English votes for English laws we should have an English parliament along the lines of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland bodies.


If we aren't going to do that, I don't believe we can restrict the powers of some MPs simply because they come from outside England.


Any MP, no matter where he or she represents, should be able to vote on any issue that comes before Parliament.

#3256324 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 10 January 2016 - 11:00 AM

This attack on the BBC is all part and parcel of the Tories' attempt to make this country into a one party state.  Other aspects are the Trades Union Bill, the rejigging of constituency boundaries, the cutting back of the Short money for opposition parties, the packing of the Lords with Tory placemen, and the attempt to make registering to vote more difficult.


If the Tories are trying to create a one-party state their main collaborator is surely the Labour Party.

#3255249 The middle east...

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 07 January 2016 - 11:59 AM

There is an internal Islamic Civil War going on and has been over a thousand years between Shia and Sunnis.


When we invaded Iraq and knocked off Saddam Hussein, that was the key thing that the west didn't fully understand.

#3254794 Parliament acknowledges Rugby Leaguer & League Express

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 06 January 2016 - 11:36 AM

Just a note of thanks from me to the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, and to Greg Mulholland MP in particular, for putting down an Early Day Motion congratulating us on our 3,000th edition this week.


It's terrific to be recognised in this way.



#3252526 Compassionate Conservatism

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 30 December 2015 - 02:13 PM

Nice debating technique, should take you far


It's a bit like telling people they have reached a new low.


It would be much preferred if we were all a little more polite to each other, cut out the personal comments and respected each other's integrity.

#3252483 Compassionate Conservatism

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 30 December 2015 - 01:03 PM

Yes but with your mortgage, you are purchasing an asset, which holds value and will be yours thereafter. This is national debt, a completely different matter and people seem oblivious to the fact that we will be burdening our children and our children's children to come. Some very selfish attitudes in today's world, it saddens me. As long as we're alright Jack hey.....


If and when interest rates start to rise again, the cost of servicing the national debt will be an incredible burden.


Future generations won't have much to thank us for.

#3252474 Compassionate Conservatism

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 30 December 2015 - 12:44 PM

I've been accused on this forum of seeing racism around every corner. Could that be because underlying racism is around every corner?


I very much doubt it.


But there are some people who wish it were so.


As the black American economist Thomas Sowell writes: "Racism is not dead. But it is on life-support, kept alive mainly by the people who use it for an excuse or to keep minority communities fearful or resentful enough to turn out as a voting bloc on election day."


And he's talking about America, which has much greater racial problems than the UK.

I would say that there are few countries in the world, if any, in which racism is less pronounced than this country.


But the trouble with talking about racism is that it depends on how you define it.


And yet if you are going to define someone jumping on a bus and not sitting next to someone who is obviously a Muslim as racism, then I suppose you can claim that racism is alive and well, although I'm not sure that Muslims themselves would feel too happy about being stalked on public transport by people anxious to prove their non-racist credentials by consistently sitting next to them.


I suspect they would prefer to retain some private space.

#3250862 Heartbreaking

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 24 December 2015 - 11:49 AM

Well maybe my like and love for my daughter in law has been misplaced as yesterday morning a letter from her solicitor demanding a divorce dropped through our door!!!


Ok, I know ###### happens, but couldn't she have waited till we got through xmas? Wife and daughter had to pretty much physically restrain me from going round there and giving her a real piece of my mind.


I've never seen my son so low, he doesn't deserve this


Phil, it sounds to me as though your daughter-in-law has reached the end of her tether, as you implied earlier, and this is how she is going to deal with the situation.


Nobody deserves what you and your family are going through, and no doubt the same goes for her, but somehow you have to find a way to deal with it.


You're a very valued member of this community on this website, and I'm sure if you need any advice or you need to discuss anything then you have friends on here who will do their best to help.


I hope that 2016 is much better for you than 2015 has been.


May I wish you the very best for Christmas and New Year.

#3246501 Frank Sinatra - 100 today

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 13 December 2015 - 05:50 PM

Sometimes he played himself, as many stars did, but he could act pretty well if he got a part that suited. And he certainly did have screen presence.


And as for timing, watch these two work together.


In some of his films he played a part of someone who he clearly wouldn't identify with. Johnny Concho was a very good example of that.


Sinatra was also probably the most influential performer of the twentieth century, both in terms of the range and quality of his work, and in terms of his influence on society more generally.