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Griff9of13

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#3168716 Sam Burgess to Wigan

Posted by Griff9of13 on Yesterday, 07:48 PM

I'll believe it when I see it. <_<


#3168510 Calais: what to do.

Posted by Griff9of13 on Yesterday, 02:01 PM

When the Schengen agreement was drawn up the opening up of internal borders was supposed to have been accompanied by a strengthening of the EU's external borders. Unfortunately those countries with the external borders most at risk have failed to prevent the mass incursion of illegal immigrants.

 

Your right its not the French (or us) that are primarily to blame for this mess of having tens of thousands of illegal immigrants roaming around the EU, its countries like Italy & Greece who have not devoted enough resources to protecting their (and the EU's) borders.

 

Unfortunately countries like Greece, Italy and Spain have other, in their eyes, more pressing domestic problems to deal with as well as severely restricted financial resources to devote to securing their external borders. Additionally there is little incentive for them to do so as they also know the majority are unlikely to stay in their country but move on elsewhere. This really is Europe's problem as a whole to deal with.




#3167906 Calais: what to do.

Posted by Griff9of13 on 30 July 2015 - 01:06 PM

Fleet Street Fox: They are not migrant hordes – they are people, and they're probably nicer than us




#3163653 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Griff9of13 on 24 July 2015 - 01:28 PM

Yes John, it is. By charlatans who need to be evicted from it.

 

 

I really think you need to take more water with your evening tipple.

 

Mr Drake's not wrong. Yes, there is a certain amount of window dressing (slipping slowly away day by day I'd say), but at heart the Tory party is the party of the privileged few. Always has been and always will be. And that's not just my view. If you doubt me try reading something like Alan Clark's diaries. He often spoke about the real power base of the Tory party and it wasn't necessarily it's leading politicians. In fact in many ways they were just puppets. Even he, a man who lived in a castle, was schooled at Eton and Oxford and served in the guards regarded himself as something of a commoner amongst the real Tory party leaders.




#3163588 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Griff9of13 on 24 July 2015 - 12:23 PM



The Labour Party does not need any help in damaging itself. At the back of all of this is the undeniable truth that its people, its policies and its presentation hold no appeal for the electorate.

 

You're wrong. As usual:

 

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Only 6.5% more of the population prefer the tories over Labour. At the last election Labour had a 0.7% greater increase in the vote share over the Tories. 




#3162496 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Griff9of13 on 22 July 2015 - 12:51 PM

How about some class feeling? How about representing the people the party was founded to represent? Might that not fuel some feeling?

 

 

Isn't that what Left Unity claims to be doing? How come they haven't swept into power on this apparently huge wave of popular support that exists out there that the Labour Party isn't tapping into?

 

Maybe it isn't actually there and this country is, on the whole, not very left wing at all.

 

I think there needs to be a re-think of the definition of "working class" to better align it to the realities of the world of work in the 21st century. To me "working class" means anyone who sells their labour in order to support themselves (i.e. they work for a living) and their family. If you restrict it to the old fashioned view of those who work manually with their hands then today only a very small proportion of the population is still "working class".  Almost all of those old jobs have gone, and those that remain have changed beyond recognition and will be much more technology based these days. Just look a t the car manufacturing industry, or car repairs for that matter. This broad definition of "working class" is who Labour ought to represent. 




#3161882 US Presidential Election 2016

Posted by Griff9of13 on 21 July 2015 - 11:52 AM

It still baffles me that a country with so much wealth & power has so many dumb people who have voted for the Bush's over the years

 

When the alternative is a Sarah Palin or a Donald Trump then a Bush seems a very sensible choice. <_<




#3161307 In Support Of Tube Drivers

Posted by Griff9of13 on 20 July 2015 - 12:44 PM

It was in direct response to your comment on mortgages and pensions.  For my pension, a standard and very simple averaging calculation beats grossly overpaid fund managers year after year after year, they may win on occasional years but the long term average beats them, and as you are investing long term for your pension why would you ever go for a managed fund?  Leave that to those who like giving the fund managers gambling funds.

 

Also, I am a thorough socialist.  As my pension fund stands at my ripe old age of 43, I'm on course to have a comfortable retirement, backed up by my nice NHS pension and my army pension.  I also earn well into the higher tax band and have been for years and would happily see my taxes rise to pay for public services that I don't want to perform myself or are to raise the standard in society.  Some of us who earn a bit are also conscious of our duty to society:  from those who can to those who can't.

 

In that case I believe the insult of choice for sneering tories is "champagne socialist". I've always taken this to infer that if you have money you have no right to have a social conscience, which is, of course, nonsense. 




#3159277 16 Jul: Warrington Wolves v St Helens KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Griff9of13 on 16 July 2015 - 08:54 PM

Well done Saints, a huge improvement on recent from capped off by a superb match winning try.


#3158961 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by Griff9of13 on 16 July 2015 - 12:02 PM

I'm not sure this is a party specific issue or why "fury" should be aimed at one particular party over it. I am certain that there will be MP's of all parties who will forego the money and MP's from all parties who take it.

 

True, the hypocrisy of MPs is not limited to a single party. However, there is just one party in power and that party was able to overturn the findings of an independent pay review for other public servants when it suited them, but now when it comes to their own pay pretends that they are powerless and "must" accept the pay rise.




#3158901 17 Jul: Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils KO 8pm

Posted by Griff9of13 on 16 July 2015 - 10:28 AM

Home win, but it may be messy. I think Salford can be a good "spoiling" side. Not in a dirty, but a disruptive sense of the word.




#3158838 In Support Of Tube Drivers

Posted by Griff9of13 on 16 July 2015 - 08:04 AM

Dave Brown, Independent:

 

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#3158716 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Griff9of13 on 15 July 2015 - 06:13 PM

Gratuitous, error strewn, misreprentative, mendacious , wrong headed and offensive.....


Your description of the current Tory government? :unsure:


#3158492 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by Griff9of13 on 15 July 2015 - 08:50 AM

Jeez its Tony Benn,Ken Livingstone or Arthur Scargill in a Skirt

Thankfully the scots have got her

 

This young lady has achieved more in her 20 years here than you will ever do in a lifetime and all you can do is sneer at her because she points out that the poor having to rely on foodbanks in the 21st century in what is one of the richest countries in the world is a bad thing. 




#3158295 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by Griff9of13 on 14 July 2015 - 06:49 PM

She makes very good points in there about the welfare state. She also makes good points about the Labour appeasers of the Tory policies.


It would seem not everyone agrees. (not safe for work)
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