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Martyn Sadler

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#3083237 RIP Ray

Posted by Martyn Sadler on Yesterday, 01:33 PM

I haven't been on the forum for a few days, and, like everyone else, I was shocked to see this thread and its incredibly sad content when I came to it just now.

 

As others have already said, Ray was an absolute gentleman on this forum, treating every other poster with great courtesy and always making his own points in a reasoned, articulate way. I can't imagine that anyone ever fell out with him.

 

This is a very difficult and sensitive time for his family, but I would hope we would be able to do something to acknowledge his contribution to this forum.

 

RIP, Ray!




#3067500 UKIPpery

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 06 February 2015 - 04:52 PM

First it's "apparently SWP members" now it's "whether it's the SWP or anyone else". Just typical of your sub-standard journalism Martyn. I suspect there were some SWP members there along with Left Unity, Socialist Party, Greens and many others, but if you think they have any truck with Rotherham Labour councillors the you are as politically ignorant as you are journalistically inept.

 

UKIP are currently pulling out all the stops to divert attention from the daily exposure of their councillors, officers and PPCs being made to resign or being expelled for disgusting racist, Islamophobic, sexist and homophobic views expressed when they though no one was looking.

 

Farage's visit was well timed for him to take advantage of a tragic and criminal situation and for the media and others to try and portray him as a victim. Fascism in action!

I didn't realise that posting on here was "journalism".

 

If it is, then quite a lot of us are sub-standard.

 

I'm afraid you are in denial just as much as the Labour councillors you profess to despise.

 

We have had one of the worst examples of child exploitation we have ever seen in this country, and yet you prefer to focus on UKIP councillors rather than demanding that those responsible for what has happened in Rotherham should be brought to book.

 

Whoever the people were who were outside the UKIP office in Rotherham, they would have been far better lobbying for justice for the victims of the appalling events there.




#3062324 Flags flying at half mast

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 28 January 2015 - 02:18 PM

And Saudi investment in this country. Read it is somewhere in the region of £65bn... ethics and morality are quickly forgotten about when economics are involved.

Nice to see Michelle Obama setting an example for other women visiting Saudi Arabia.

 

More power to her!




#3061666 Greece Election

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 27 January 2015 - 10:31 AM

Bloody democracy, people voting for a party which says it cares about people!!

 

That's rather a romanticised interpretation of what's happened.
 
The financial crisis in Greece comes mainly from previous governments' extraordinary generosity to public sector employees.
 
For example, civil servants employed before 1992 could retire at the age of 58 on 80 per cent of their final salary if they had completed 35 years service. I don't know any other country that is so generous with its former employees, although there may be one somewhere.
 
In far too many countries public sector pensions are based on a sort of Ponzi scheme, whereby current retirees draw their pensions from the taxation of current workers.
 
In the Greek economy there are now as many retirees with those pension rights as there are people working in the economy. 
 
Those retirees didn't want to give up their rights, no matter how damaging they are to the 50 per cent of young people in the country who can't get a job. They are prepared to sacrifice the young generation to preserve their own financial position, even though it is clearly unsustainable. They want the rest of the EU to pay for it.
 
It is hardly surprising that Greece's debt is 177 per cent of their GDP.
 
And yet the new government is promising to take on more workers in the public sector.
 
I'm afraid the circle can't be squared.
 
"Caring about people" means, in the first instance, not misleading them about the current state of affairs, or what is possible in terms of trying to address the problems they face.



#3056590 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 17 January 2015 - 10:36 AM

The Muslim mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, has told Dutch Islamists in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre to get the hell out of the Netherlands.
 
"It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom… But if you don't like freedom, for heaven's sake pack your bags and leave. There may be a place in the world where you can be yourself, be honest with yourself and do not go and kill innocent journalists. And if you do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off. This is stupid, this so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at."
 
And he said this on live television.



#3056012 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 15 January 2015 - 05:30 PM

Regardless of the relative banality of the C of E they still promote the reverence of a blood thirsty bronze age god as integral to the future of their flock.

 

I don't think the C of E's god is a bloodthirsty one.

 

Their god is probably rather more of a Stephen Fry figure.




#3055852 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 15 January 2015 - 10:48 AM

All three could apply equally to those who hold religious beliefs as to those who do not. 

 

I think a lot of the beliefs held by leftwingers are ridiculous.  I wonder what would happen if I began ridiculing them? 

I thought you had been doing.

 

I can think of many non-religious beliefs that are as ridiculous, if not more so, in my eyes than religious ones.




#3055615 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 14 January 2015 - 03:22 PM

How about drinking wine believing it to be the blood of an individual, and eating bread believing it to be flesh of the same individual.  That ought to be ripe for ridicule.

It is!

 

And no doubt there are some people who think that 26 men on a field chasing a pig's bladder from end to end is also ripe for ridicule.




#3055609 To whom it may concern

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 14 January 2015 - 03:13 PM

To all religions and religious states:

 

1.       If you hold ridiculous beliefs, then expect to be ridiculed

2.       If you do offensive things, then expect to be offended

3.       If you try  to restrict my freedom, expect me to restrict yours

Can I suggest some amendments along the following lines.

 

1. If you hold beliefs that some people think are ridiculous, then expect your beliefs to be ridiculed, no matter how committed you are to your beliefs.

 

2. Regardless of what you do or believe in yourself, you must sometimes expect to be offended by other people's actions or opinions, although those people are entitled to disagree with you.

 

3. If you try to restrict my freedom, don't be surprised if I try to defend my freedom.




#3054163 Ladbrokes to sponsor Challenge Cup

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 10 January 2015 - 11:42 AM

Is the CC moving fully to Sky?

No!

 

The current deal with the BBC runs until the end of 2016, and negotiations with FTA broadcasters for a new contract are currently taking place.

 

Sky will have CC rights, but not the principal rights.




#3053416 Ladbrokes to sponsor Challenge Cup

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 08 January 2015 - 04:34 PM

The Stobart deal is nowhere near as bad, and has far less of an impact than people state. It was a failure because like many things the RFL did under Richard Lewis, the clubs were largely incompetent at implementing it.
 
However, 8 years ago we were signing similar deals, its not a good result to be standing still whilst everything else is moving forward.
 
the other worry is the length of it, it only takes us up to 2017 when the CC moves to Sky. We are going to see a huge drop in visibility when that happens, I will be astounded if we sign a deal at a better value then.
 
In the context of the last deal with tetleys, its better, in the context of where we were and where we want/need to be? its nothing to celebrate.


Having been at the first round draw today at Wembley my initial impression is that Ladbrokes will be the most proactive sponsor we have seen in Rugby League for many years.

It was interesting to see that Richard Glynn, the company CEO, was present today at the draw. That says quite a lot about their commitment, I think.

League Express will carry an interview with him next Monday.


#3052907 10 dead at French Satirical Mag

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 07 January 2015 - 03:24 PM

The number of terrorist attacks seems to be rising exponentially.

 

We are going to have to deal with the ideology that makes people think they can commit these crimes on behalf of their religion.




#3052856 UKIPpery

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 07 January 2015 - 01:41 PM

Bernard Jordan has just died
He was the d day veteran who absconded from his care home to honour his friends and comrades by attending the d day commemorations

Fifty times the man a charlatan like farage could dream of being

I didn't know you knew them both well enough to be able to make that claim.




#3049321 Yorkshire Carnegie secures £2 million funding

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 27 December 2014 - 12:49 PM

Yorkshire Carnegie have attracted a group of business people to stump up £2 million to help sustain the club over the next three years and to try to get the club back into the Premiership.

 

See http://www.yorkshire...rship-1-7022350.

 

I find it incredibly frustrating that rugby union seems to be able to gather support from cash-rich individuals even for a lost cause, and even in a Rugby League heartland, while we struggle to attract money into our sport.

 

 




#3046707 An EU court removes Hamas from a list of proscribed terrorist organisations

Posted by Martyn Sadler on 18 December 2014 - 02:26 PM

Interesting point, but surely as monarch he'd be the one to decide who was welcome or not as head of the CoE by birth right. We all know that you love a none elected head of state.

But not one with absolute power.

 

I support a monarchy because the power of the monarch is largely symbolic.

 

I'm not sure Henry the Eighth would have been very happy with that.