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Bedford Roughyed

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#3150220 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on Today, 05:16 PM

I reccomend that you read john redwood in last sunday mos.in which he quotes treasury stats indicating the exact opposite of your assertions.

The top1% of taxpayerspaid 25% of all tax paid when the rate was 50%

  But 28% when the rate was reduced to 45%

  It therefore  proves that the mega rich and it is the mega rich will tolerate such lower tax rates and not take steps to minimise their tax bill.

 He therefore advovates an immediate reduction to 40% in the budget next week!!


These covered different years and the share of the wealth increased over this time? 


1% of the countries tax payers would benefit from this decrease.  That 1% holds 13.7% of the countries wealth.


To give the 1% a tax cut while we are looking to cut £12 billion from the poorest, how shall we say, looks a tad insensitive.

#3146610 The Pope and the Climate

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 24 June 2015 - 05:17 PM

I believe that the article you cite, as well as the associated video, are written and presented by Sir Paul Nurse.


Sir Paul is a brilliant fellow, and has a Nobel Prize for his work in the field of genetics.


Brilliant though he is, last time I looked, genetics didn't have much to do with climate science.


Anyone can write about science.


Some people will link to pseudo experts and bloggers as the evidence to back up their opinion.


Some people will link to published scientific papers and experts who actually work in the field.


I know who I'd trust more.

#3146571 The Pope and the Climate

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 24 June 2015 - 04:20 PM

It's certainly possible to criticise Ridley's article in the way you do.


It would be useful, though, if we had someone giving an opposing view who was able to counter his arguments rather more convincingly that claiming guilt by association, which seems to be the standard argument from far too many people.


We need to find a climate scientist who can write in a way that we can all understand.


Ridley's stance seems to me not to question that climate change has significant human causes, but that the danger that flows from that is over-stated, and that there are other environmental issues that are potentially more dangerous. I suspect that he may be right.


Maybe they are too busy doing sciency things than write articles in right leaning magazines?  (You mean Quadrant leans to the right?  I'm shocked)


You may be surprised to know many scientists are not that great at public speaking or TV interviews.  However, you seem to be taken by a smooth talking peer, can I sell you a monorail?  Shelbyville has one!

#3146122 Tony Barrow Jnr

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 23 June 2015 - 06:58 PM



KEIRON Cunningham and Sean Long could dust off their boots and come out of retirement for a one off game for former Swinton and Oldham player Tony Barrow who has been diagnosed with cancer.


The 43-year-old from Thatto Heath, the son of Tony Barrow senior who played for Saints during the 60s, is fighting an aggressive form of the disease after doctors found a brain tumour. Friends and family have quickly rallied round to raise funds for any treatment the father-of-two will have to undergo.



#3145786 The Pope and the Climate

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 23 June 2015 - 11:28 AM

Reflecting on this, I am quite grateful that my area of study (brewing yeast) does not offend either the largest trade in the world or the political opinions of people with a strong faith that heavily individualism is the political solution to all the world's problems.


If it did, I would have had to have put up with a scientific 'debate' in the press about whether yeast had any role in brewing beer and that is was actually caused by humors in the air.  I would be accused of being bribed with big money from academia to go against the oil industry. 


Typical answer from a communist.  Brewing yeast is just a UN inspired plan to take over the world.  What about the FEMA camps????  THE FEMA CAMPS!!!  Its all part of Agenda 21.


Its the hops stupid!


(message brought to you by Heartearth Institute.  Previous clients include the Tabaco industry)

#3143892 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 20 June 2015 - 12:26 AM

She's ruled out dealing with the SNP so in 2020 if Labour are 50 seats short of a majority, with the the Tories being about 40 seats short, would she REALLY give up the chance of leading the country just because she'd have to deal with the SNP?  Smacks of sheer idiocy, if you ask me.  Never back yourself into a corner when no-one's forcing you.  If the Tories can do a deal with the Lib Dems then Labour should be able to deal with the SNP.


Its being force along someone else's narrative.  And they keep falling for it!

#3143486 The Pope and the Climate

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 19 June 2015 - 11:02 AM

In those circumstances it is wise to retain a degree of scepticism, regardless of your political views on other issues.


If you have been near the climate 'debate' over the last few years you would know that there is a clear left and right split.


In the USA, Canada, UK and Australia, the sceptical position is being lead from the right.  Survey after survey has shown this to.  The political aspects got involved when the solutions became apparent.  They have since sought to cloudy the message for what can only be their political gain.


Who are the biggest voices in the UK who hold the sceptical* view?  The GPWF (Lord Lawson), Lord Ridley. Viscount Monckton,  Roger Helmer (UKIP), Christopher Booker (Telegraph), Delingpole (Briebart)...


*not really sceptical as they have a fixed view....

#3140931 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 15 June 2015 - 08:24 AM

Remarkable that the deadlegs only vote labour.  Someone should tell UKIP...

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#3140159 East RL 2015

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 13 June 2015 - 07:39 PM

East RL Premier


Breckland Spartans 16 - 58 Bedford Tigers...
Kings Lynn Black Knights 30 - 30 St Albans Centurions


East Division 1


Cambridge Lions 28 - 20 NH Knights

Mk Wolves 20 - 30 Bedford Tigers II

#3139742 Who has the Biggest Brush?

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 12 June 2015 - 11:19 PM

Pretty much any growth in any other sport is being done by variations of the main sports (Parkrun is big example).


But why shouldn't we count and encourage ALL forms of the game?


Attitudes that demean touch as tick and pass is probably why the union lot have taken it over.


I notice the NRL/ARL worked hard to get touch and tag under its wing.  But what do they know about developing skills?

#3139288 Who has the Biggest Brush?

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 12 June 2015 - 12:52 PM

And to be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if the current decreases and increases are a statistical artefact of us being a small sport and highly regionalised.  


By that I mean, the Sports England are the best (most consistent) figures we have, but they will be 'noisy' and will 'bounce' around a lot.  So I wouldn't actually read much into a year to year change, its the long trend, which IS downward. 

#3138343 Social Media

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 10 June 2015 - 08:07 PM

The Match day updates on Social Media are done by supporter Jenny Travis, she also put the midweek news updates on when they are provided to her. The club have provided Jenny with a phone. I think most of the stories are done by Roger. You'll notice what's on the website is also on both social media feeds and the OEC.


She does a great job for those of us who live afar.  Praise is deserved.

#3138019 Social Media

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 10 June 2015 - 07:14 AM

The match day twitter has been good this year.  Pity its pretty much silent on other days.


(Instagram to twitter and facebook, with pics of coaching etc?)

#3134027 Corruption arrests at FIFA

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 02 June 2015 - 09:58 PM

Sounds like the FBI were looking more closely at Blatter.


Putin will be upset.

#3134014 Corruption arrests at FIFA

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 02 June 2015 - 09:33 PM

It says something that many people seem to think that Platini would improve things.  The fact is, if a candidate were likely to clean things up, then few people would vote for them.


Notable that the 'change' candidate was a middle eastern Prince who got given his local FA to look after at the age of 20.