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#3046936 Shaun Johnson wins the 2014 Rugby League World Golden Boot

Posted by JohnM on 19 December 2014 - 08:26 AM

Apparently the golfists have complained already as they think one of them should have won.

#3046693 Union World Cup Preview in Telegraph

Posted by JohnM on 18 December 2014 - 01:48 PM

Some of the stories get better every time they are posted on here and once one of them kicks off it becomes something of a competition and descends into a parody of the 'Four Yorkshire men' sketch.

I'd noticed that, too.....in a lot of your posts.

#3046674 Pakistan Taliban slaughter over 135

Posted by JohnM on 18 December 2014 - 12:59 PM

The desperation of the theist to prove that everyone has faith really ...


Faith and belief in the existence of god means that there is no need for proof and ipso facto no actual proof.   Thus if there is no proof of the existence of god, then until such proof exists, then we must take it that god does not exist.

#3046391 Soviet Union

Posted by JohnM on 17 December 2014 - 03:22 PM

you may not think so , but that really was before my time!   :) :)

#3046228 Can't wait...

Posted by JohnM on 16 December 2014 - 11:53 PM

...oh no they're not!

#3046150 Can't wait...

Posted by JohnM on 16 December 2014 - 07:45 PM

for the new season! Fed up of endless debates about how many scrum halves you can fit on the point of a needle. Just want to get to the start of the next season of summer rugby. First SL game in Feb? bring it on!

#3044332 UKIPpery

Posted by JohnM on 12 December 2014 - 11:46 PM

Very simple.UKIP is a party of blame. Its not your fault it's not our fault it's their fault. Doesn't matter who "they" are. No party apart from the greens are saying to people "take responsibility".

One other point you don't get a choice where your born. If at one time you had an empire that covered a 3rd of the world's land mass and also force those people to fight in your European slaughter house. Then what can you really expect.


That's certainly a point of view, though not one I entirely agree with. The Greens, being a socialist party are all about collective responsibility through the state, trades unions, coops, workers councils etc. Its  the Conservatives who stand for personal responsibility.


However, where UKIP scores is that it articulates what many voters (well, enough to  get them the number of MEPs and local councillors they have, anyway) think. Those voters may well be wrong (and indeed ARE wrong about in many areas) but they are voters, their votes counts, they are entitled to be heard and represented.


To win them over, UKIPs opponents have to stop misrepresenting UKIP views, have to stop demeaning and patronising UKIP voters, and have to stop characterising them as knuckle- dragging thickies and far right loonies.  Each attack on Farage an co at present seems to feed energy into UKIP, making it stronger and more prominent. Is that what you want? 


Instead, Labour and Conservatives should be addressing the fears and perceptions  of voters, not making ridiculous promises on the EU, immigration, etc that they can't or won't keep.


For example, some people ARE uncomfortable seeing breast-feeding in public. Sure, attitudes are thankfully  improving but scoffing at those who are uncomfortable will not win them over. Equally, some people ARE uncomfortable with large numbers of EU immigrants  and have not seen a corresponding increase in services to match. In addition, some people with direct experience are uncomfortable with the large number of people of Asian origin concentrated in certain areas. 


At least UKIP have opened up the debate, empowered people to discuss the issues without being accused of racism (though there are those who do see UKIP voters as racist and no doubt some are.) UKIP people are humans, real people, voters and deserve the same respect as the rest of us.


I think the "threat" from UKIP will diminish in the final few weeks of the  election campaign, provided the main parties address these issues in a positive way, convincing potential UK voters to stay with Labour or Conservatives. Bland (but true) statements about how good immigration is for the economy do not wash with  many especially if you live in Boston where something like 15% of the population are in that category stretching already stretched resources. People also generally against HS2, 48% to 30% at present,  as is UKIP ( see https://yougov.co.uk...ill-oppose-hs2/) ..ther's £32 billion that might be better spent elsewhere.

#3044253 BBC Radio 4 Any Questions tonight

Posted by JohnM on 12 December 2014 - 08:59 PM

A great edition, just finished: polly Toynbee, Ken livingstone, etc. What a contrast with last nights Question Time. No shouting, no interrupting, everyone got their say, even Toynbee spoke quite a bit of sense at times, no one was ridiculed. No Brand, no Farage, and no screaming SWP Bunny La Roche in the audience.

Gotta be an example for QT to follow.

#3044188 Does this make me a bad person?

Posted by JohnM on 12 December 2014 - 07:16 PM

No, I do it all the time.

And what does mrs Shadow think of that?

#3042691 Facebook page to push for "More Rugby League in the Guardian"

Posted by JohnM on 08 December 2014 - 11:23 PM

No point in going where we are not wanted, so Perhaps the Telegraph and the on line edition of the Mail is not the natural haunt of potential new fans. Given the general political leaning on here, for example, the Mirror is maybe more appropriate, though the Sun and Express might also appeal.

#3041517 Israel makes a stand against a terrorist

Posted by JohnM on 05 December 2014 - 05:41 PM

Indeed. Menachim Begin for one.

#3041455 The Lib Dems

Posted by JohnM on 05 December 2014 - 02:54 PM

Some of them don't even know their own political allegiances.

#3041339 The Lib Dems

Posted by JohnM on 05 December 2014 - 11:13 AM

EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION where did this get us too many overqualified for the number of suitable jobs available.
My instinct is that we need a radical governmeny which changes peoples expectations and solves the current problems with more equality between workers pay We all contribute to society
Switzerland voted recently to limit bosses pay to i think 12 times the average pay.i think the nos won .But what a good thing .lets have more referendums.

There are plenty of jobs available. Indeed, there are many more than we can fill. It's just that for some reason, over many years and over many governments, we have not been producing enough engineers, scientists, doctors, nurses, etc etc. to fill them, hence education, education, education.

The Swiss referendum you mentioned .....the proposition was rejected by a massive 65%.

#3041329 Legal Extortion

Posted by JohnM on 05 December 2014 - 10:58 AM

the only thing Labour can raise is a laugh. Anyway, how long do you think this has been going on for? Many years ago we bid for an MOD contract For corporate head office technology. Cost of bidding was measured in millions. Where was the Official opposition ( no, not Labour..the BBC) then?

#3041303 Legal Extortion

Posted by JohnM on 05 December 2014 - 10:03 AM

It's hardly a secret, is it, and it's not compulsory. Shows the folly of putting all your oxo cubes in one basket....too many small business do this...and it always ends in tears. marks and Spencer closed down Gents in Nottingham more or less overnight some years ago.

Anyway, for many companies over many years, becoming a supplier to say the NHS is hugely expensive and success is not guaranteed, so it is hardy fair to blame Cameron....but hey, it's standard practice on here.