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#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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o-BthcsL_bigger.jpegHugo Rifkind@hugorifkind

@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.

#3075515 20 Feb: WCS: Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by gingerjon on 20 February 2015 - 08:54 PM

So can they not intervene where there is serious foul play. 


BTW as my name suggests I'm not that intimate with league rules


Not officially they can't although sometimes you'll come across TJs coming onto the field as if they've just thought have something when the only thing that could have happened is a word in the ear or a look at the screen.


That was a red card all day long. One of the truly shocking calls.  And given that we've seen some decent 12v13 games in the past few months I'm not buying the 'keep everyone on the field for a good game' as a reason.


But, away from that moment, what a tremendous half of football we've had.

#3075175 General Election 2015

Posted by gingerjon on 20 February 2015 - 10:24 AM

:banghead: How many more times; HSBC were accused of advocating tax EVASION:banghead:


So, just like an ISA then?

#3074119 TRL Helpdesk: phone hacking

Posted by gingerjon on 18 February 2015 - 10:40 AM

Edited for accuracy


The bit where Morgan effectively admits it in his autobiography is something the forum has chosen to ignore....



The Mirror's admission of guilt, apology and payment of damages would normally be enough to bring the wrath of the forum crashing down it , but for some unknown reason, this hasn't happened, even though it involves a favorite hate figure.


It doesn't appear to have even bought your wrath down upon it.

#3074107 TRL Helpdesk: phone hacking

Posted by gingerjon on 18 February 2015 - 10:12 AM

Ho hum.


But what's the situation in France, eh?  I mean we could have their privacy laws but we'd have 36% unemployment before you know it.

#3073130 General Election 2015

Posted by gingerjon on 16 February 2015 - 12:42 PM

 BBC's Tory spokesperson political editor Nick Robinson.


JohnM will be along with that decade-old quote about the BBC being left-leaning in a minute and that'll show you.

#3072526 Football

Posted by gingerjon on 15 February 2015 - 04:26 PM

That's bizarre!

#3069604 Here is some food for thought

Posted by gingerjon on 10 February 2015 - 09:49 AM

I think this is an excellent idea which, given that people in prisons can't vote, will achieve the twin goals of ridding the post offices of queues and Ukip of seats.

#3068416 UKIPpery

Posted by gingerjon on 08 February 2015 - 08:02 AM

Sorry but I will bet you any money you want that, say, two years ago, someone would have told you the scale of things in Rotherham and elsewhere, you would have dismissed them as being a fantasist or something. If the people in charge at the time ACTIVELY chose to play down what was going on under their nose (cnuts) then don't highlight UKIP as the real bad guys because they are attempting to profit from it - I know which I regard as the bigger crime.


Also I can't follow the left wing thinking here. Racists abuse white girls for sexual purposes, yet therefore we should be wary of racists exploiting the situation? Oh I see, it's the tossers view that non whites are immune from racism. F*** Off


Who could have guessed this was written at 3am?


But, just to repeat, the scale of what's happened in Rotherham demands a full investigation.  It demands criminal charges.  It demands a proper inquiry.


But, to clarify, two years ago we were in the middle of a few tantalising glimpses of a nationwide network of powerful men abusing children, young people and adults with the full collusion of the police and the judiciary.  A few long-hanging fruit DJs later and, with a few very brave exceptions, no one seems to want to talk about that any more.  Not even our anti-establishment heroes of ex-Tory public schoolboys.  


There was a reticence amongst certain people to act on accusations of industrial scale child abuse but that is not unique to Rotherham, sadly.  It's not even as easy as going, "Look, brown person, the lefties say he can't be racist but pound to a penny he rapes white girls because he sees them as infidel trash."  Because, firstly, this case is about Muslims (or predominately so) but not all the accused are and, secondly, even when it is Muslims it isn't always whites who are the victims.  The recurring theme in such cases appears to be men who are either powerful or will be defended by the powerful and victims who are easy to dismiss.


So, to save you the trouble of swearing in the early hours again: there is obviously something decidedly wrong with Rotherham, this needs sorting.  There are lives that need to be rebuilt as well as people who need to be punished.  It's crucial that the cure is not worse than the disease.  To make sure that happens will require time, sensitivity and intelligence.  It will not require a prat in a purple rosette braying away.

#3067536 UKIPpery

Posted by gingerjon on 06 February 2015 - 05:57 PM

they would have been far better lobbying for justice for the victims of the appalling events there.


Because it's impossible to care about two things at once?  To be appalled by Ukip's grandstanding opportunism *and* by the systemic failures that led to the rape and abuse of hundreds of children?


Oddly, a lot of people are sick to the stomach about what happened in Rotherham - and other places including ... oh, best not mention them - and by the divisive politicos whose capital from it will not help anybody one bit.