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#3148238 27 Jun: CCQF - Warrington Wolves v Leigh Centurions KO 3pm (TV)

Posted by JohnM on 27 June 2015 - 12:37 PM

I'm going for a shock result.

Warrington to win.

#3148095 Well I never!

Posted by JohnM on 27 June 2015 - 05:06 AM

To what extent is it within the polices remit to suppress things. They are I'd , say, damned if they do , damned if they don't. They seem to have done an awful lot of "don't" though.

#3147890 Tunisia.

Posted by JohnM on 26 June 2015 - 04:42 PM

It seems that "Islamists" are involved in both situations. Who'd a thought it, eh?

#3144326 Labour leadership contest

Posted by JohnM on 21 June 2015 - 05:23 AM

The unions picked the last leader of the Labour party! Influencing policy doesn't get more stark than that.

If that really iwas the case, then more, please. I love to hear the wise words of the odious Serwotka(sp?)

The pre election sabre rattling from three or four Mafia-boss pattern union leaders served to help a Conservative victory so continuing the macro level recovery, leaving the unions to do what they do well, most of the time, for their remaining members at the micro level, looking after their interests at a working level.

#3143914 19 Jun: Hull KR v Warrington Wolves KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by JohnM on 20 June 2015 - 07:14 AM

....over the last 2 years we have learnt to keep quiet on this forum.


#3142071 RBS

Posted by JohnM on 17 June 2015 - 10:22 AM

I think you are both attributing a level of capability to RBS that they just don't have. Whilst the effects of their incompetence at this precise time may well be as you suggest, they are just not capable of doing it deliberately. RBS/Nat West has to be the worst bank ever. Tossers.

#3141279 The Queen's Birthday Honours list (merged threads)

Posted by JohnM on 15 June 2015 - 06:12 PM

Same old same old. These awards don't just happen on their own. ANYONE can submit a case: they would not have just given the gong to old biscuit bones...someone will have advanced an appication and a case. There's plenty of charity workers, lollipop ladies etc who get awards..because their communities have shown they deserved it. And it's not about Monarchy...plenty of republics have awards, too.

#3136314 Labour leadership contest

Posted by JohnM on 06 June 2015 - 10:06 PM



New Labour Party Anthem as they go back in time with a failed ideology.


#3136152 Manifesto promises

Posted by JohnM on 06 June 2015 - 12:44 PM

But an MoD spokesman said: “This is part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010, so nothing new and nothing to do with anything that’s happened since the election.”

I suppose we'll have to put up with another five years of this sort of feeble carping from the not-so-great unelected.

In any case it seems from recent inquests that our gallant armed forces are doing their best to reduce numbers on their own, without the help of the SNP who want to lose many more jobs by scrapping Trident.

#3134727 Corruption arrests at FIFA

Posted by JohnM on 04 June 2015 - 07:40 AM

"Some of the stuff that's known to have happened and some of the stuff you suspect may have happened makes me scratch my head."


if you tell us, then maybe the forum collective can help.

#3133885 Corruption arrests at FIFA

Posted by JohnM on 02 June 2015 - 06:02 PM

Its a tragic day for football because in my opinion, nothing but the wholesale destruction of the Fifa edifice will do. And feel pretty sure Blatter has not gone..his ghost will be in the machine for ever.

#3133752 Privilege

Posted by JohnM on 02 June 2015 - 01:11 PM

Absolutely John. That said we, society, should do all that can be done to help "Paula", should she want it to aspire to something different (note that I say different not better). If she doesn't then we should appreciate what she is doing.


I'm sure most people do appreciate it, though.  Some of the problem though is typified in my view by the parental thought that "Our Billy's not the academic type..."   or "University's not for everyone"  


Two mates from my youth - council estate kids- both attended secondary modern school and emerged with no qualifications.  One became MP for Dartford, another is now a TV presenter and member of Oxford University  Faculty of History at Wadham College and a Fellow of the Astronomical Society. The common factor is that both their parents "didn't know their place".

#3133685 Privilege

Posted by JohnM on 02 June 2015 - 11:47 AM

Agree entirely CKN, though the cartoon to me is not so much offensive, rather it represents two extremes of a spectrum.  To me the positions are " a sense of entitlement" vs " that sort of thing is not for the likes of us".

#3133431 Electoral reform

Posted by JohnM on 01 June 2015 - 07:17 PM

Its not a simple as the electoral reform lobby makes out. They are making some huge assumptions to suggest that had there been a different system in place, the outcome would have been as they suggested.


What do you think would happen  to actual voting patterns if everyone knew that 4 million UKIP votes would have actually delivered 80 MPs?


Do you think that  4 million would have voted UKIP had there been  some danger of actually getting 80 MPs?  The protest vote would have disappeared.


What do you think those reluctant Conservative,  Labour, don't knows or Lib Dem voters who couldn't currently be bothered to vote would have done if by voting they might stop a UKIP MP being elected? Maybe they would have bothered to vote so defeating some of those 80.

#3133182 The European Union Referendum

Posted by JohnM on 01 June 2015 - 12:02 PM

Labour and Green, I'll give you those.


But the Lib Dems? Left wing?? Did I spend the last five years in some alternative universe??


I'm sure a lot of Lib Dems would like to forget they spent five years in coalition with the Conservatives, but it really did happen and not much of anything they did in that time could seriously be viewed as left wing. Judge them by their actions, not their rhetoric.



LD's certainly  left of centre in my view and in the view of  at least one  Labour MP.