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#3098275 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by gingerjon on Yesterday, 09:56 AM

.We ought to get free travel anywhere in the UK. 


Yes, old people shouldn't have to pay for anything.


They fought in the war and drank warm beer on golden evenings.

#3097498 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by gingerjon on 30 March 2015 - 05:32 PM

I will probably be voting Labour because they are putting up a local candidate and whilst I don't particularly dislike the incumbent I don't think she's grasped enough what needs to be done locally - and has voted strongly in favour of policies that have impacted badly on some of the very deprived areas down here. I would like to vote Green but think that overall they are too woolly and have a kneejerk anti-science streak and are over-statist; I still have a lot in common with the stated policies of the Lib Dems but, fundamentally, they stand no chance here and whilst I believe the last five years would have been a lot worse without the LDs in government I'm not prepared to put my vote to their name as any kind of mandate.


It's a reluctant vote.  I'm not suddenly a Labour supporter and I hope they don't get an outright victory nationwide - I hope none of them do.  I hope attention is paid to the fact that it seems almost guaranteed that more people will not vote at all than will vote for the party that gets the biggest vote in parliament.

#3097058 Germanwings

Posted by gingerjon on 29 March 2015 - 05:12 PM

I'd rather someone who isn't suicidal and wanting to take everyone else with them.

I don't know how many pilots are being treated for depression but I don't want to be a passenger on their plane thanks. They won't be out of work though because there will be people like you who think it's fine. You won't mind being on their planes will you?


Right now, there's no obvious connection between his depression and the act of killing 149 people.  It might be 'obvious' because, y'know, madman but in the terms that people who know about depression understand it, it is not inofitself a condition that leads to people deliberately harming others.  That's why the press reporting which directly linked a diagnosis of depression with being a madman who kills 149 people is wrong.


The reports from Germany seem to be saying that Lubitz had put himself under extreme stress.  A break-up, an unwanted pregnancy and an eye problem that would have ended his flying career - these have all be mentioned.  There's actually a fairly robust history of men who suffer these kinds of incidents and who fail to deal with them - whether they have depression or (more usually) not - going out in a blaze of murder-suicide.  You'll have heard about them in those news stories where four people are found dead in a house and police aren't looking for someone else, that kind of thing.


I don't know, and, more relevantly to why the press reporting was so wrong, neither does anyone else yet, what triggered the impulse to fly a plane into a mountain.  Right now, I'd rather the inquiry looks into all aspects rather than going, "Oh, look, he had depression, let's stop looking into anything else now."

#3095950 Union vs League commentators

Posted by gingerjon on 27 March 2015 - 03:12 PM

It was noticeable that when Stevo was ill the whole ethos of the commentary changed - and the 'B' team commentators rarely bang on about single decisions so long after they've happened.


I sometimes think the union lot go too far the other way but I get absolutely fed up with the obsession with talking about the ref over and above everything else happening during the game.

#3090677 Hillsborough Inquest update

Posted by gingerjon on 18 March 2015 - 09:38 AM

Whilst that is undoubtedly the truth at last, it is only part of the truth. One man finally admits to tragic mistakes that cost the lives of so many, but what happened next?

The deliberate cover-up, the misinformation, the false impressions conveyed to a public and a media all too willing to trust what they were told by the authorities.




The deliberate besmirching of the dead, the bereaved, the survivors.  For more than twenty years.


The inquest set up to exonerate the authorities and ignore any suggestion that many of the 96 could have been - and should have been - saved.


Duckenfeld's admission that he's human is barely even scratching the surface of what makes Hillsborough so grotesque.

#3086939 jeremy Clarkson

Posted by gingerjon on 11 March 2015 - 10:48 AM

And on that bombshell ...

#3086938 jeremy Clarkson

Posted by gingerjon on 11 March 2015 - 10:48 AM

So do I. I think I need a lay down in a darkened room now.  :fie:  B)


One of the portents of the apocalypse ... 

#3086618 jeremy Clarkson

Posted by gingerjon on 10 March 2015 - 06:37 PM

I quite like Top Gear although the endless desire amongst three smart people to play significantly dumber than they are does get irritating.


Until we know exactly what Clarkson's done though it seems hard to have an opinion.

#3086431 Rugby League at the Olympic Stadium London

Posted by gingerjon on 10 March 2015 - 02:27 PM

You make it sound so sordid... ;)


Fifty Shades of TGG.

#3078931 widnes magic kit

Posted by gingerjon on 26 February 2015 - 10:56 AM

Brilliant on all fronts from Widnes.

#3077499 General Election 2015

Posted by gingerjon on 23 February 2015 - 02:03 PM

  1. Has Hugo Rifkind of The Murdoch Times had anything to say? He's normally loquacious...

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@georgegalloway Thanks for asking, George. I suppose I'd just say I salute my dad's courage, strength and indefatigability. Hope this helps.


#3077492 golden point

Posted by gingerjon on 23 February 2015 - 01:40 PM

I'm in favour of golden point once you've had extra time (two periods, end it if someone's ahead at 'half time') - for knock out matches.  Seems entirely artificial and needless for league matches.

#3077483 General Election 2015

Posted by gingerjon on 23 February 2015 - 01:26 PM

My local MP writes a column for the local paper but he doesn't get paid for it.


I know the argument for having outside work is that it brings MPs into contact with "ordinary people", but I doubt half a dozen hour long board meetings a year as non executive chairman bring into contact with as many of these "ordinary people" as a single constituency surgery. Also, I'd like to think being an MP is time consuming enough, or ought to be. I wouldn't be very happy if I were one of Rifkind's constituents when he says he has time on his hands. How many people on here in full time employment have an employer that would be happy with them moonlighting elsewhere? 


Just to recap, it's 64k basic plus expenses which includes all travel and possibly a second plus all your office costs.  And Rifkind's basic is £81k because of his committee duties.


No one is saying that MPs should be career politicians but for that amount of money - between x3 and x4 the average UK salary - they should concentrate entirely on being an MP.  It's sort of the deal, really.

#3075917 21 Feb: WCS: Wigan Warriors v Brisbane Broncos KO 7.45pm (TV)

Posted by gingerjon on 21 February 2015 - 02:36 PM

I think we can all agree that the first high tackle will see someone walk tonight.



Unless it's by Brisbane, in which case the second high tackle will see someone walk tonight.

#3075861 How refreshing was tonight's commentary

Posted by gingerjon on 21 February 2015 - 12:19 PM

I thought it was excellent and tweeted as such to Sky Sports (such is my power I think this means it will now be a permanent change).  It was interesting that even though there were plenty of controversial incidents it didn't feel like they were being banged on about at the expense of describing the action and also explaining what else was going on.  The only thing I think Sky got wrong was missing the kick that didn't find touch.