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#3037459 The Lib Dems

Posted by Saintslass on 25 November 2014 - 08:04 PM

 the more money people have the greater their ability to pay

Rich people already pay more.  Not only is 20%, say, of £500,000 pa (if that's a 'rich' person's salary) more than 20% of, say, £15,000, someone earning £500,000 is likely to be paying 45% (or is it still 50%?) in tax.  That, to me, is already an example of a person with more money paying more tax.  We shouldn't snuff out the ability to generate money especially when it comes to entrepreneurs as they are likely to provide direct employment opportunities as well as indirect ones (their suppliers, etc). 

#3036994 Potty Mouth..Does He Know Its 2014?

Posted by Saintslass on 24 November 2014 - 07:55 PM

The original Band Aid was fabulous.  Getting pop stars to do that kind of thing had never happened before and although everyone thought the words were cheesy as hell - including Geldof and Bono themselves - the spirit of the thing was a good one.  People were deeply shocked at what they saw on their TV screens and responded accordingly, a massive amount of money being raised.  It did do some good as well but obviously it didn't solve the problem.  Nothing ever does.


Things have gone a bit pear shaped subsequently but I'm not joining in the criticism.  Maybe Adele deserved the dig; who are we to say?  Geldof never has been tactful; he got the original Band Aid show on the road by being a big gob.  The credit again goes to all the people who have bought the track (by whatever means) just as it did back in the day of the original.  I think we'd probably all like the slebs to be a bit more modest but for that to happen there would have to be a populist movement against turning people into slebs in the first place.  That ain't going to happen anytime soon.


As for charity generally: by making a silly statement about paying our taxes happily shows how ignorant some people are when it comes to what makes other people tick.  The £20 million raised already towards the ebola crisis would never have been raised through taxation.  Taxation is forced upon us and we will agree to some of its use but not others.  Charity should always, always be freely given, not forced.  And like many people I have been the recipient of charity and also given to it.  There is nothing intrinsically wrong about people volunteering (which is a charitable giving of time) or donating (which is a charitable giving of money or goods), and the fact that people do both should be celebrated even if those who like to massage their egos in the process make it more difficult for some to remember that there are those who are a majority who do it quietly and anonymously regardless.

#3036761 The Lib Dems

Posted by Saintslass on 24 November 2014 - 08:31 AM

The rich should pay more because they tend to take from the poor and get rich by keeping them poor.


I'm quite sure some do.  However, others provide employment for people like me who aren't rich and I don't want leftwingers to get in the way of people like me having work.  You tax the rich too much and, as can be seen by a mere glimpse at the 1970s, we will lose our entrepreneurs and our wealthy folk and become the sick man of Europe again.

#3036671 Ed Miliband

Posted by Saintslass on 23 November 2014 - 09:00 PM

I wouldn't quarrel with that. However, as the right wing press were keen to point out, "Red Ed" has abandoned New Labour. My quarrel with Milliband is that he has not been bold enough in attacking Ukip. They are pushing the supine, spineless Cameron further and further to the right and it is up to someone to say "hey lads hey!" That someone should be Ed, he's got the guts, after all he took on Murdoch, but IMO he should be advised by Labour's elder statesmen that it's the right (and politically profitable) thing to do. Unless someone takes a stand against extremism we'll all find ourselves up a certain creek without a paddle.

What extremism are you talking about? 


I don't think Ed Milliband lacks guts and nor do I think Cameron is spineless.  Ed can't communicate and Cameron has been compromised by having to deal at every turn with the Lib Dems. 

#3036634 Ed Miliband

Posted by Saintslass on 23 November 2014 - 08:11 PM

By their friends shall ye know them. Saintlass liking this post says far more eloquently than I could how wrong it really is.



I liked his post because he was spot on in saying that Labour abandoned its principles years ago.  The only way Labour could have been voted in by a landslide in 1997 was for it to move away from its socialist principles.


I don't use the 'like' button to like the poster but agree with what the poster says.  That's been my understanding of the 'like' button function.  I didn't know the poster had any powers over who liked their posts or indeed that the person who liked a post had to be in harmony with the poster in everything in order to like a post!

#3036450 Ed Miliband

Posted by Saintslass on 23 November 2014 - 04:28 PM

I've no objection to the St George's flag but for the most part those who embrace it are the EDL. 

That is the kind of statement a bigot would make.

#3036436 The Rugby League World Golden Boot Shortlist

Posted by Saintslass on 23 November 2014 - 03:58 PM

I would have said Sam but since he decided to leave the game I couldn't give it to him so IMO James Graham with out doubt is the man. Seriously I don't have a problem with Johnson but I cannot believe the Type around him on this forum, What exactly has he done to make people think he is so great? I seen the 4 Nations and yes he did play very well but I have also seen him play in the NRL for the past 3 years and he has done little to impress, In fact Chris Sandow at Parramatta and Johnson are two peas in a pod as far as I'm concerned they both play the odd blinder and you think they mite be the next big thing then play 6 shockers in a row. Any way James Graham for mine he is a class act.

I would agree with you, except that I thought Johnson outstanding in the Four Nations.  But having watched the Warriors in every game they played during 2014 I thought he wasn't a patch on James Graham throughout the season.  So if the whole year is taken into account given Graham's outstanding efforts for England especially against Australia when we really should have won alongside his outstanding season for the Bulldogs, Graham should be the winner.

#3036283 I know Saints are known as "The Entertainers" but....

Posted by Saintslass on 23 November 2014 - 09:50 AM

We're the champions.  The situation has been similar for Wigan and Leeds when they have been champions. Sky will want to show the champs a lot at first to see who gets the better of us.  We should actually have a halfback pairing this season, for the first time since 2011, so we may even start to look like entertainers again! :D


As for your point about the season ticket, I don't know where season ticket sales are up to this year as Saints haven't said anything about them as yet.  They usually give us an update figure during the off season but it's a little early for that.  I am not sure being on Sky so much will affect season ticket sales; it may affect walk ups though.  Season tickets are usually bought by those who enjoy attending matches and giving support, and those people will do that regardless of how many times the team appears on Sky.

#3034737 Unbelievable moaning by the Aussies

Posted by Saintslass on 18 November 2014 - 05:59 PM

Why does our Game Rugby not have one governing body ? instead of having Australia unilaterally altering and adding different rules I.E 2 refs without consulting the rest of international RL.Its just arrogance and not good for something that aspires to be a global sport.

Australia aren't the only ones to unilaterally change rules you know.  We do it too.  We have the free play for example.  Nobody else does.  What we do, do but Australia don't is stick to the international rules when we host internationals!

#3034397 Is this us?

Posted by Saintslass on 17 November 2014 - 07:41 PM

they put a flatcap on him!

They obviously collected their data from a Featherstone home game.

#3033425 The Golden Boot Shortlist

Posted by Saintslass on 15 November 2014 - 09:35 PM

The Golden Boot is for the 2014 Rugby League season. Sam Burgess played Rugby League in 2014. Therefore he should be considered, and listed.

Except he's no longer a rugby league player.  He's now with Bath.  So that excludes him surely?  It should IMO if it doesn't in the view of those making the decision.  He's now a rugby union player.  Would SBW be considered had he had an outstanding 2014 season?

#3031494 RFL release embarrassing and delusional statement regarding Four Nations!

Posted by Saintslass on 11 November 2014 - 08:46 PM

I think League Freak is a ###### but he's right about the RFL being self serving, and I also think the RFL's press releases, rare though they have been of late, look more and more like those of local government with their buzz words, spin and general meaningless drivvel.


That there will be no change in the England coaching job comes as no surprise to me.  We will no doubt have the same garbage spouted when we lose to New Zealand next autumn.

#3030111 McNamara: The Referendum. Vote Now.

Posted by Saintslass on 09 November 2014 - 12:11 PM

I don't think it's fair to say McNamara made us a better team on his own accord, when it was more due to the fact that the players are far and away better than previously. In the 2008 World Cup, we had players like Paul Sykes, Lee Smith and Ade Gardner in the team. 

This very point is why I don't think McNamara is a very good coach.  We have a much better class of player taking to the field now in almost every position but still we don't win.  McNamara has had everything given to him including quality players but we have one once against Aussie/Kiwi in nine attempts. 

#3029849 MacNamara supping in the Last Chance Saloon

Posted by Saintslass on 08 November 2014 - 10:01 PM

Were they against the second string style Roos of this comp too?

If the Roos were second string then so were England as we didn't have our full complement of first choice players playing either.  At least the Roos had their spine in tact, and their two referees on board.

#3029841 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

Posted by Saintslass on 08 November 2014 - 09:52 PM

Not everybody, but those who want him out are very persistent.

I can't speak for anyone else who may want McNamara 'out' but from my POV I'm consistent (note my appropriate change of word there from your post) because I recognise the difference between a good coach and a good coordinator.  McNamara is a very, very good coordinator.  He has brought together everything needed to turn a shambles of an England set up into a very effective product.  He was exactly the right man for that job.  Included in that process of course was the change in approach with regard to the squad, picking players from throughout the league rather than just focusing on the top couple of teams, although he has taken a step back from that a bit this year with picking so many from Wigan which has been unfortunate IMO.


However, all of that good work does not make him appropriate as the coach of our side.  I was quite willing to give him the benefit of the doubt after the world cup even though the investment in the side had been massive prior to that competition but we'd still not beaten the Aussies or Kiwis and even though I did not agree with our national coach being an assistant in a league 12,000 miles away.  However, we have seen the same traits in him during this competition that undermined us during the world cup and we still haven't beaten the Aussies or the Kiwis.  That may change if Samoa do the right job tomorrow but I doubt it very much. 


I simply think he's taken the team as far as he can and nothing has happened to make me change my mind.