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JohnM

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#3023597 Child abuse inquiry

Posted by JohnM on Today, 06:03 PM

Fiona Wolf has stood down as Chairman of the Child Abuse Enquiry. So who now? Believe it or not, Brian Moore was mentioned as a possible replacement.


#3022849 Total Attendances and Income

Posted by JohnM on Yesterday, 10:26 AM

I do think such comparisons are important, though.  Unless we are to accept a return to semi-pro low-crowd sports byway, we need TV money. benefactors, sponsors etc and in my view there are lessons to be learned from what other sports do and the way they do it.




#3022201 Ed Miliband

Posted by JohnM on 29 October 2014 - 07:26 AM

Of course, maligning the views, motives, beliefs, attitudes, etc of people and parties is part of the cut and thrust of what passes for reasoned political debate on here. You are of course entitled to believe what you want, just as millions of apparently equally educated, rational and sensible people believe in the existence of God. As we know, they are wrong, of course, but just like a number of posters on here, it does not stop them believing in an unsupportable fiction.

You and probably the nationally unrepresentative majority on here want to see a left of centre, socialist even, govt and thus it is in their own interests to promote that cause through their posts. Nothing wrong with that of course - we are all supposed to be sentient adults and can make up our own minds. However, trying to frighten the children and animals with tales of malevolent Tories hiding in the wings, stealing our money, our wives and our futures, says much about the weakness of political thinking on here. Substitute the word "immigrant" for " Tory" and you'd be quite rightly apoplectic with rage at such a fiction. Think about it.


#3020635 UKIPpery

Posted by JohnM on 26 October 2014 - 10:58 AM

Social services anywhere, have an unenviable task, an almost impossible task, and are "damned if they do - damned if they don't"  and all has not gone smoothly for them in South Yorks as a whole. There has been considerable inertia in those councils and that has played into UKIPs hand locally, even in such a heavily Labour area and it might have been better had Labour central command had the balls to do something immediate and decisive about those local Labour members.

 

The Rotherham example - one of evasion, denial, inaction etc  is so serious that no apology from the local council and the police will ever be enough. I seem to recall that in the cases of Sheffield and Doncaster, we were assured that "steps have been taken to ensure that this never happens again."

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...kshire-23324587

 

in 2005 - http://news.bbc.co.u...ire/4546736.stm

 

To be honest, I think we should expect and demand a better response to UKIP  from the two main parties - Better than the Conservatives trying to retain the right wing and better than Labour playing with itself.




#3020442 Total RL world’s second biggest Rugby League website, say stats

Posted by JohnM on 25 October 2014 - 09:39 PM

Thanks Exiled I was looking around for a new name title bash theme for "them" The Vichies excellent I can feel a locked thread coming on as it sums them up right up to the dullness!


It's offensive and it's not an epithet, either.
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#3019991 Establishment fight back

Posted by JohnM on 25 October 2014 - 10:44 AM

"The RSPB have its seems stopped tugging their forelocks to the landed gentry"

 

The never have done that. See http://en.wikipedia....ection_of_Birds




#3019750 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by JohnM on 25 October 2014 - 08:37 AM

Always excuses. We're rubbish if it wasn't for the NRL boys we would of lost easily. I feel sorry for the NRL boys they deserve to play in a better team.

So, if our best players weren't in the team, we would not have been as good a team as we were? No ######, Sherlock! And against a Samoan side with no one from the NRL? Go on, count 'em!

sure, there lots of improvement to be had, so what are they?


#3019502 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by JohnM on 25 October 2014 - 05:41 AM

Bloody hell! Didn't know there were two six-thirties in one day. Alarm just gone off, tea made, TV still works, Sinfield in the BBC studio.... bring it on!


#3019312 Establishment fight back

Posted by JohnM on 24 October 2014 - 04:48 PM

As an RSPB member for many years I agree with almost everything you say. There have been, though, some changes in the approach of the RSPB as they expand their remit as "natures voice", a sort of increasing arrogance. Overall, though, a great force for good..they just need to keep an eye on themselves.

Botham part of the establishment, though, according to the OP?


#3019042 UKIPpery

Posted by JohnM on 24 October 2014 - 10:44 AM

I read the Daily Mail one yesterday.  The comments - bewildered, angry people accusing the polling companies of only polling Poles - were a pleasure.

 

be fair, though

 

"Notice no data available with the rigged poll of a few hundred Scottish leftwit students."

 




#3019035 "Rugby league's international failure is spectacular"

Posted by JohnM on 24 October 2014 - 10:38 AM

I'll tell you what's even more predictable than England not winning a series in RL; articles like this one before major RL games. More often than not by 'supporters' of RL 'telling it as it is'. Yawn

 

Fortunately it was in the Guardian, not a paper anyone actually reads. The mass readership papers seem to have  avoided any negativity by not publishing anything at all!




#3018942 UKIPpery

Posted by JohnM on 24 October 2014 - 08:13 AM

From the outset forty one years ago, when I was an idealistic youth of 27, I'v ebeen in favour of and supporter of  our membership of the EEC and latterly the EU.  I fully support our active, vigorous and robust participation, and I am sure I am not alone.

 

Of course, it is purely coincidence ( :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:) that this announcement comes on the day of Cameron's speech to the EU summit and just prior to the Reckless by election.  Manna from heaven for Nigel, especially as the Conservatives, the Lib Dems and Labour all combined don't seem to be able to counter him, despite all the anti-Nigel invective  posted on this forum.  

 

Anyway, It would be nice for once of our own functionaries in and around Brussels showed some negotiating backbone. Negotiation is not all about compromise. Sometimes,  just sometimes, we have to be strong. 




#3017783 UKIPpery

Posted by JohnM on 21 October 2014 - 09:24 PM

I find it totally perplexing and baffling that anyone with an ounce of socialism in them now, or in their past, would want to leapfrog the tory party who many still maintain they dislike and would never vote for to a party well to the right of the tories.



But I think some of them do. Good trades union members, daily mirror reading, hard working , there are still those who echo Gordon Brown "British jobs for British workers" and his "that bigoted woman" jibe upset quite a few.

In my view, it is quite wrong to promote the idea that "racism" is a trait exclusive to to ukip members, Tories. That accusation has been the mantra of the left for many many years but the lefts claim to moral superiority in this matter is specious and Miliband ignores it at his electoral peril.


#3017398 UKIPpery

Posted by JohnM on 21 October 2014 - 11:04 AM

The lefties on here do seem unduly exercised by the minnow that is UKIP.

 

How can what is essentially one-man party, with no real policies other than leave the EU,  a city slicker at best, be a threat to the whole of politics and particularly to Labour with its well worked, intellectually rigorous polices articulated by a stellar front bench of political heavyweights.

 

Its a shame that some don't  understand why "traditional" old labour "working " men  with or without jobs  might choose UKIP, since this is key to the response need from Labour 




#3015711 Andy Wilson - writes something worth reading!

Posted by JohnM on 17 October 2014 - 07:59 PM

Maybe I just have forum tinnitus. It's a constant background hiss of that sort of thing.