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Bedford Roughyed

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#3107866 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on Today, 08:45 AM



There is something dreadfully inadequate about “austerity” (although if people think they have experienced the real thing here, they should go and live in Greece or Spain). There is something awry with a society in which wages are only now rising in real terms after seven years of stagnation. There is something rotten about the chief executive of a high street bank (HSBC) being a “non-dom” in the country where he was born and in which he works. And who could blame young people, unable to get their feet on the housing ladder, if they grabbed any actual ladders lying to hand, climbed into all those empty London properties owned by absentee Russians, and squatted there?


#3106753 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 16 April 2015 - 10:29 AM

...and here we are:




Oh dear. How anyone could contemplate voting for such a bunch of low-life. 


Lets make him look out of touch by photoshopping him into a suit that Dave Cameron wore...for real...

#3106047 Obituary Corner

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 14 April 2015 - 03:11 PM

RIP Percy Sledge

#3105937 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 14 April 2015 - 10:48 AM

Labour the party of fiscal responsibility.

Tories the party of working people.


I'm confused.

#3105116 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 12 April 2015 - 05:05 PM

FYI The Tories introduced PFI's.


Yes?  And?


Labour introduced the bedroom tax and student fees, but who exploited them more and is more synonymous with their use?


The tories introduced PFI's but I don't think its contentious in any way to suggest that Labour used them massively (and far greater than the tories on any measure).

#3104594 Sunday

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 11 April 2015 - 08:58 PM

I don't think you can take any game for granted, but we are favourites for sure.


I think Cov will of played more games at Whitebank than they have at home, I feel for them! :-)

#3104055 I.S.

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 10 April 2015 - 07:34 PM

Meh, hookers cost money, most squaddies hang around with those ladies who want a mug to be their baby daddy for the miracle 8 month pregnancy with a 10lb child.  And Tesco value lager or Special Brew.


Basic training

Marry first love, into married quarters

Off on first tour

Back from tour, spend all saved money on a hot hatch with nice alloys

Get divorced

Give all bank and credit cards to officer

Get pocket money from said officer

Sell car

All before you are 19....

#3102673 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 08 April 2015 - 10:37 AM

The 'abolishment' of non-dom status might have a few caveats that reduce the normal understanding of the word 'abolishment'.

#3101941 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 06 April 2015 - 10:53 PM

Does anyone else think that the UKIP campaign has been low-key to the point of anonymous in the first week of electioneering?


The focus has been on bigger parties plus the rise of the SNP.  UKIP have been squeezed out by the nats.

#3100792 The TV Thread

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 05 April 2015 - 12:15 AM

Inside No. 9 started well last week, but this weeks episode was quite brilliant. 

#3097884 iPro Sport Cup semi-final - 8th April

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 31 March 2015 - 12:19 PM

New date for the Oldham v North Wales Crusaders iPro Sport Cup semi-final at Whitebank confirmed as Wednesday, April 8, kick-off 7.30pm.

#3095182 Rugby Oldham

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 25 March 2015 - 10:44 PM

My opinion, for what it's worth, is a couple of diplomats will put Chris Hamilton more at ease far more. This is a significant step on his behalf, and the enormity should not be underestimated. But taking one step at a time could yield excellent results.

A crowd would only ratchet up the temperature and be ultimately counter productive. That is not diminishing the passion, and reasons, but just looking at the bigger picture and the longer term good.


I suggested on the other thread a 'web/forum' Q&A rather than a face to face, partly to overcome any worries of a face to face.


If League Express are involved then you also have the light of publicity?

#3090958 General Election 2015

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 18 March 2015 - 06:48 PM

I don't quite understand the sense in ruling out a coalition with the SNP. Played cleverly, a coalition between Labour and the SNP, could act to keep the nats on a leash for five years. I'd expect that a minimum demand in any coalition talks from Salmond and Sturgeon would be a second referendum, one which - at the moment - they may win. However a second referendum in the future, say 2019, might act in favour of the Union. You'd have an SNP that has been in government for a few years and may not have delivered - the gamble for Labour is that their core vote switches back by 2019 and that Devo-max is seen as the preferential alternative to independence. 


They are still enjoying the honeymoon period that came after the referendum. That'll wane before too long IMO.


Or am I being naive? Probably.


He's ruled it out because of pressure from both the tories and from within his own party. If he says a coalition is possible you no longer have a big stick to vote labour in Scotland.  If he rules out a coalition he can push the 'vote SNP and get Tory' soundbite that seems to be the core of the Scottish plan.  Also, Scottish Labour and the SNP hate each other.

#3090516 The sky at night

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 17 March 2015 - 08:21 PM

If you have clear skies (and in a dark place!) look North and up. Big solar storm in progress so northern lights are in action.

#3089388 Well done, Oldham!

Posted by Bedford Roughyed on 15 March 2015 - 08:48 PM

Home 'advantage' in the semi final too.