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#3078867 General Election 2015

Posted by Griff9of13 on 26 February 2015 - 09:08 AM



I'm actually broadly in agreement  with you John; hasty, back of a fag packet in your lunch hour legislation is rarely any good; a missed opportunity IMO. :(


For me there should be two driving principles to MPs taking outside work: it doesn't interfere with their duties by taking up their time. It doesn't leave them open to undue influence (real or perceived, and yes, that would include paid union work). Exceptions would need to be included to cover the type of things you mention. For example owning your own or family business; they should be able to retain a non executive directorship as long as they relinquish their day to day involvement. It's not what they go into politics with that I have the problem with it's what they acquire once they are there that bothers me.

#3078861 The TV Thread

Posted by Griff9of13 on 26 February 2015 - 08:52 AM

British pop needs a good kick up the r's, just like it did when Beatlemania, Tamla, flower power, punk and Britpop turned up.

It's more about showbiz these days.


Ed Sheeran is even less dangerous than Ed Miliband; he'll probably end up as the host of Gardeners' Question Time. I bet  Paloma Faith can't wait to star on stage in the West End revival of Annie Get Your Gun.



Away from the "top" of the pile British music is still in a very healthy state. Give Radio 6 music a listen; there is plenty of really good new British music on there. With the advent of the new ways of listening to music fewer good artists are reliant on the Brits type promotion.


6 Music had a festival last weekend in Newcastle featuring mainly British artists. 6 Music Festival

#3077082 22 Feb: WCS: St Helens v South Sydney Rabbitohs KO 7pm (TV)

Posted by Griff9of13 on 22 February 2015 - 09:11 PM

Congratulations to South Sydney. There's no doubting that they were far and away the better side and fully deserving winners.

I hope that Brooza and any others on here who support or like the Bunnies have enjoyed the night. I've loved the format this year and hope it can be further expanded going forward.

Hopefully we'll pick ourselves up soon.

I've always had a soft spot for Souths but I was cheering for Saints tonight. Pretty disappointing for them, but The Bunnies are a special team when they play like they did tonight. Totally solid defensively and able to clinically exploit the slightest error when attacking.

#3077042 22 Feb: WCS: St Helens v South Sydney Rabbitohs KO 7pm (TV)

Posted by Griff9of13 on 22 February 2015 - 08:47 PM

Wilkin is appalling nowadays.

Nowadays? :rolleyes:

#3076839 22 Feb: WCS: St Helens v South Sydney Rabbitohs KO 7pm (TV)

Posted by Griff9of13 on 22 February 2015 - 07:16 PM

Penalty try as he's tackled by the neck?

#3075322 21 Feb: WCS: Wigan Warriors v Brisbane Broncos KO 7.45pm (TV)

Posted by Griff9of13 on 20 February 2015 - 03:09 PM

This has gone wayyyyy off topic!


I feel the more tickets we can sell the better, however it is done. Surely a ground that has 20,000 instead of 15,000 is going to look better on TV and appeal to more people? Plus with people with the cheaper tickets spending money at the ground it can only be beneficial to the club. Is that just not good business?


I really cant see a negative, or is that just me using logic?


Anyway..................... I cant wait for this weekend, 3 massive games of RL. Big crowds, good atmospheres and hopefully some awesome rugby on show to really show off how good our game is.


3 wins for Warrington, Wigan and Saints would be great too! 


Your obviously new to concept of being a rugby league "fan". :rolleyes:

#3074786 General Election 2015

Posted by Griff9of13 on 19 February 2015 - 03:27 PM

Maybe you are just losing your powers of critical analysis. Of course the ongoing HSBC scandal is real, even if it did take an employee on the make to steal the original information  back in 2008. Thus not a whistleblower - do you think he declared the proceeds from the sale of the stolen  goods to the tax authorities?  :no:  :no:  


However, I don'y see what that has to do with the everyday and quite legitimate practices of tax avoidance, perhaps even practiced by forum members who choose to put money into ISAs rather than standard accounts, or who choose to make pension contributions , getting tax relief that they would  not get if they just put it in the building society, or put their properties into trust, or otherwise think about arranging their affairs to minimize inheritance tax or care home fees?


Of course the real issue on here is the unwillingness and almost congenital  inability of the left to admit to the hypocrisy of their idols. I merely hold up a mirror to them whilst other moderates have better things to do.


As Craig has already explained here, there is a world of difference between individuals use of ISAs and pension funds to legitimately reduce tax and what HSBC were doing where they crossed the line from tax avoidance to advising on tax evasion. 

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#3074080 General Election 2015

Posted by Griff9of13 on 18 February 2015 - 08:40 AM

And the Telegraph's political editor Peter Oborne quits The Telegraph: Why I have resigned from the Telegraph



Apparently Peter Oborne  has resigned from the Telegraph over it's reporting of the HSBC scandal



There's a hell of an echo in here. :rolleyes:

#3073790 General Election 2015

Posted by Griff9of13 on 17 February 2015 - 05:01 PM

... Er, that adds up to less than £3



I suspect that doesn't take into consideration the £30billion per annum upfront that we have to set aside to house them.


MigrationWatch UK (2014) criticised the assumptions of Dustmann and Frattini (2013). The criticism covers many factors, but overall it suggests that Dustmann and Frattini (2013) exaggerated the revenues the government obtains from migrants and underestimate the cost of public service provision to migrants. Using new multiple assumptions, MigrationWatch UK (2014) finds that during the 1995-2011 period the fiscal impact of EEA migrants was GBP -13.6 billion and the fiscal impact of non-EEA migrants was GBP -135 billion. Looking at the recent EEA migrants, MigrationWatch UK (2014) estimates that the total fiscal impact of recent EEA migrants for the 2001-2011 period was GBP -0.25 billion and the impact of recent non-EEA migrants was GBP -27 billion for the same period.


At that time, the EEA migrants were primarily people who came here to work or study. The huge influx of benefits-bound Bulgarians and Romanians hadn't turned up.


Personally I'd give far more credence to Full Fact's conclusions than to those of Migration Watch, thank you. :rolleyes:

#3073754 General Election 2015

Posted by Griff9of13 on 17 February 2015 - 04:14 PM

Why don't you tell everybody where you derive your £(over 30billion pa) net contribution figure from. Because I'm sure social services depts all over Britain will be delighted to be able to immediately cease paying out their current financial burden.

Should be interesting.

Hopefully, I'll be bright enough to understand it.


It's in black & white. Taken from Full Fact


People who’ve arrived since 2000 have contributed more than they've taken away


Overall the research estimated that since 2000 (and up to 2011) the overall fiscal contributions of recent arrivals has been:

  • Immigrants from countries joining the EU in 2004 and 2007: +£5 billion
  • Immigrants from other European Economic Area (EEA) countries: +£15 billion
  • Immigrants from outside the EEA: +£5 billion

#3073085 General Election 2015

Posted by Griff9of13 on 16 February 2015 - 11:25 AM

This Ed Balls thing is another fine example of a fairly innocuous thing said by a leading Labour MP being completely blow out of proportion by the usual suspects in the tory press. What he actually said: "Since I've been involved in politics and Treasury matters I think it's really important to have a record". To me that looks as though he was talking about himself, not the rest of us. 


Another example:  Miliband's sickening betrayal of Milly Dowler  (caution, Daily Mail link :rolleyes:) problem is Miliband, or anyone else from the Labour party didn't make any mention of a "Milly Dowler" moment, it came from the BBC's Tory spokesperson political editor Nick Robinson. But the tory press don't bother themselves over much with truth these days when it comes to their Labour smear campaigns.  

#3073038 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by Griff9of13 on 16 February 2015 - 10:41 AM

only one winner when its bike v car .


Yep. That's why when I go out cycling I try to stay off the roads and keep to the tracks and paths. I am lucky as there are plenty round here, I can can go for a 20 odd mile ride and only have to do about 4 miles of it on the open road.

#3071621 13 Feb: Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Griff9of13 on 13 February 2015 - 09:41 PM

Bateman has always looked a class act. Great play from him there.

#3070130 UKIPpery

Posted by Griff9of13 on 11 February 2015 - 08:36 AM

Being A UKIP Activist – Easy 12 Step Guide :D

#3069839 my pub is closing

Posted by Griff9of13 on 10 February 2015 - 04:07 PM

As good a reason as any to buy a house in the area!


Oddly enough when friends of ours moved here from Warrington this was one of their reasons for choosing Formby. :)