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#3124982 BBC

Posted by JohnM on 19 May 2015 - 05:01 AM

[quote name="MancRL" post="3124569" timestamp="1431943709"]The BBC make some quality programmes. But in 2015 is it acceptable that people can go to prison for not having a TV licence.
Sky are now making quality dramas and arts programmes. But you're not forced to pay to watch.
Saying that, I'd like to see more Rugby League on terrestial TV. How do you square the circle of public broadcasting TV that's good value for money.
The BBC has diversified into so many different areas, its now spreading itself to thin.
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The Government is considering changing the status of licence fee default to that of a civil offence, I understand and there has been huge criticism of the very hard line taken on people who don't pay.

That the BBC is biased Is beyond doubt. Look back at the forum since it's very birth and you will see a constant litany of complaints about its prejudice agains rugby league and its bias towards rugby union.

However, it seems that forum opinion is that the BBC - specifically in the News and Current Affairs division - could never ever ever be biased and is all a right wing plot. People cannot have it both ways.

In my view, with all its faults, overmanning, waste, excessive payoffs, the quality of BBC programmes is the best I have experienced compared with France, Germany and the U.S. However, it has taken the technological competition from Sky to drag it into the new age and now it leads the way in many areas of content delivery as well as content quality.

I didnt see the Leigh game....I'm away at present....and I'm glad it was so well appreciated. But don't get carried away. Georgie-boy doesn't seem to have done much for rugby league on Radio Five compared with Rachel and Eleanor have done for rugby union.


#3122816 Burgess Watch......

Posted by JohnM on 15 May 2015 - 12:55 PM

Lets get the "dross" back on the road with this little snippet from Burgess himself on his new code;

 

“In my eyes, it is a mess sometimes,”    ;) 

 

http://www.telegraph...his-autumn.html

 

"Those nuances are slowly being mastered,"  :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin: 




#3122701 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 15 May 2015 - 10:01 AM

Chuka Umunna withdraws from Labour leadership race already. So we've had an unresignation and unrunning in the space of a few days.

 

http://blogs.spectat...ership-contest/

 

Please. please please let it be Andy Burnham

 

 

He's the country's best hope of seeing the another Conservative election victory in 2020




#3122694 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 15 May 2015 - 09:59 AM

Denies entirely ever having written it.

 

Even if he had written it, please bear in mind he's an economist, not a real person




#3121535 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 12 May 2015 - 09:42 AM

Do Scottish people not pay taxes?

 

 

Yes. but  "even by the most generous measure, Scotland raised £53.1bn in 2012/13 and spent £65.2bn, leaving the country £12.1bn short"   See http://www.bbc.co.uk...otland-28879267

 

Last year,  the residents of Scotland voted "no" to independence and put an end to that question for a generation. The only thing wrong was that we the English were not asked the same question. So we should agitate for another referendum, this time enfranchising Scotland's friends south of the border. Clearly this is the best chance Scotland has for winning full independence.




#3120986 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 11 May 2015 - 07:42 AM

It's not about teams, it's about people's lives, which from this flippant comment you obviously (like you party) don't care about.  Millions of our fellow citizens are worse off after the last five years. The ONS's figures will (conveniently) come out in June and show this.  All the talk of job creation is meaningless guff, when those jobs are based on zero hours contracts, when those in work are having to use food banks.  The fact that Cameron was able to get through 5 weeks of an election campaign without having to answer for his record is an indictment on Labour.  The fact that they were didn't point to the successes of their 13 year rule, and dismantle the "Labour crashed the economy" myth is another indictment.  TBH I reckon Cameron shares your view, all he cared about was getting back.  He'll tell any lie and bend any rule, and effectively destroy the union, if necessary, just so his team can get back in and continue milking the country for the benefit of his financial supporters.  No wonder he thanked Nick Clegg on the steps of no 10.  They took all the flack for the coalition's most hurtful decisions, and they've paid the price.  Most Tory gains have been at their expense.  However, to quote Richard Nixon, he won't have them to kick around any more.  When the loonies on the right of his party kick up at something they don't like, he won't be able to blame the Lib/Dems .  I wish him well with his 11 seat majority.  Two or three deaths and subsequent bye-election defeats will soon erode it. He's better pray they all stay in good health.

 

Complete and utter rubbish. 




#3120985 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 11 May 2015 - 07:42 AM

So why have you constantly parroted "the politics of envy" line John?

Eh? Eh?

 

Because that is the underlying emotion on which Labour built its whole campaign




#3119772 Can someone please get rid of the muppets running our game at the RFL!

Posted by JohnM on 09 May 2015 - 12:23 PM

agreed. What have they got Toulose?




#3119534 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 08 May 2015 - 10:17 PM

Good bye Human Rights Act.  Hello foxhunting.

 

I though we'd got rid of this sort of nonsense when Miliband got his just desserts. Cleraly not.




#3119312 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 08 May 2015 - 03:44 PM

I'm genuinely fearful of what the next five years will bring. my daughter starts University this year, will the tories allow the universities to set their own fees? its the free market innit?
 
And maybe do away with student loans? it's about standing on your own two feet after all innit?
 
Do away with protected employment so you can be sacked if your boss has a headache and feels a bit tetchy?
 
don't get ill, 'cos the NHS is actually doomed now
 
Basically its ###### you Jack I'm ok, but for how long will you be?


Relax, Phil, she'll be ok. She'll be going to a university that is better funded than ever befor, with more students than ever before, from a wider social mix than ever before, and no ffes to pay up front, and without having to pay a penny in fees until she had graduated and got a job paying more than £25k a year. However, her chances of getting a job have steadily increased as unemployment has fallen and the economy has grown.

The rest is just guesswork fuelled by Labour poison. Fear not for the Health Sevice either, for despite the wishes of those on the left to see it fail so they can say "I told you so." the budget is on the increase.

Regarding employment law, the excesses of zero hours contracts have been eliminated, though now that
Labour has been decisivly rejected by the electorate, Labour MPs and Labour councils will now continue to use zero hours contracts.

Finally, the election result is in part because so many decided not to believe Miliband and his unworkable solutions to problems that don't exist.


#3119157 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 08 May 2015 - 11:23 AM

Just looked at the Ladbroke's betting. I was clearly  wrong when I said Labour might pick someone better.,,Nicola's name is not on that list.


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#3119016 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 08 May 2015 - 08:31 AM

Just getting in first!


#3118990 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 08 May 2015 - 07:54 AM

How could they, there's only one left in Scotland, how could being in the SNP help English Labour MP's?


Well, the argument goes like this.

People in Scotland voted SNP because of their policies overall, not just independence, and because they did not believe, trust or like what Labour were saying. Nothing to do with the Conservatives,

Eg. Increases public spending, more local responsibility, and more. What might be described as Old Labour and socialist policies.
In addition, Sturgeon and Salmond will provide more opposition to Cameron and Osborne tha Miliband and Ball could ever do.

Put SNP policies (independence apart) anonymously to many Labour voters and you would in my view find a large measure of agreement.
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#3118963 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by JohnM on 08 May 2015 - 07:12 AM

People are voting SNP not for independence. They are not the same at this election, the SNP emphasised this time and again, The way Labour have performed the seats lost to the SNP would make no difference.


Yes. It is argued that all that has happened in Scotland is that they have voted for the Labour party they really wanted, not the Labour Party they were presented with.


#3118124 Tax-paying pensioners

Posted by JohnM on 06 May 2015 - 07:13 PM

It was mentioned elsewhere on here in relation to gift aid that some pensioners pay tax. I'll say they do

 

- Council tax

- VAT

- Insurance premium tax

- Fuel tax

- Car tax

 

Some even pay income tax!

 

The personal allowance for 2015/6 now stands at £10,600

 

State pension is currently  £6029.40 PA though it is possibl eto get more if you payed into SERPS etc

 

Using a mean average, public sector pensions are £7,800 a year and  £7400  for the private sector

 

Thus on average current pensioners get around £13,500 PA and so in addition to all the other taxes listed, pay on average around £600 PA income tax.