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#3109847 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Derwent on 22 April 2015 - 06:27 AM

I don't get it... it's OK for the Tories to shack up with the Lib Dems but not for Labour to do so with the SNP?  Labour have fallen right into the daft trap set by the Tories about the SNP where they now can't do a SNP deal.  Also, given the Tories' genuine lack of credibility north of the border, surely they have absolutely no remit to be criticising parties that don't represent constituent countries wihtin the UK.  Even then, thinking back, there have been a few times, especially the 1992-1997 Tory government, where the Tories have relied on the NI MPs to get their votes through Parliament, that was OK though.

The thing you aren't getting is that the SNP would actually prefer a Tory government, they just can't admit it publicly. Forget the short term issue of this election and consider the long game. Another period of Tory government will strengthen the SNP's hand in their aim for Scottish independence as they know that it will lead to more resentment north of the border and the "yes" vote will grow. Anyone who thinks Sturgeon and Salmond won't want that situation is deluded. They have an ultimate single aim and if it means some short term pain to get there then they'll accept that gladly. Of course they'll make the right noises publicly about the Tories, austerity etc but Miliband has already bluntly said there would be no further Scottish referendum under Labour and that makes him the real enemy of the SNP.

#3104329 Manchester Pubs

Posted by Derwent on 11 April 2015 - 11:30 AM

My favourite pub in Manchester is Fringe Bar on Swan Street, great selection of real ales and continental beers, brilliant jukebox and very friendly people....


#3103845 Training 2night

Posted by Derwent on 10 April 2015 - 01:24 PM

We have 2 DR's on Sunday - Oliver Gildart and James Greenwood. Oh, and big Kris Coward is in the squad too.

#3102392 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Derwent on 07 April 2015 - 09:17 PM

Also what about terrorism makes it a good idea to legalise it?

Because terrorists are fighting racists and imperialists who oppress them. Apparently.

#3102388 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Derwent on 07 April 2015 - 09:10 PM

I, for once, agree with you. It is possible to move to a more socialist regime without being completely senseless. Where the old style Soviet went wrong was making everyone equal by making them equally poor.

You see, what they fail to grasp is the concept of human nature. You could take all the money in the UK tomorrow and divide it equally between the population and guess what - in a couple of years some people would be richer and some would be poor again by way of the choices they make, what they do with the money and the opportunities that they take. So you'd have an inequality again. Then what ?

#3102267 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Derwent on 07 April 2015 - 06:06 PM


Thanks for that, cheered me up, haven't read anything that funny in ages.

#3101487 6 Apr: The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread (Easter Part Two)

Posted by Derwent on 06 April 2015 - 02:21 PM

I actually feel sorry for Leigh fans having to watch a succession of completely one sided games. Yes its nice to see your team win but there comes a point where it gets boring watching your team win easily week after week.

#3098973 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Derwent on 02 April 2015 - 11:15 AM

Whereas the Tories will just cut tax for their rich friends and borrow and bail out their incompetent rich friends and borrow, then borrow some more and borrow again ...... They've borrowed more in 5 years than ALL Labour governments have cumulatively in history.


You do know why they had to borrow that money don't you ?

#3098818 Daft conversations

Posted by Derwent on 02 April 2015 - 06:29 AM

After Elvis died they released Way Down and it came on the radio. My mam said "who's that ?" I said it was Elvis to which she replied "oh, he must have recorded it before he died".

Many years ago when I was a junior member of staff in a large company I was the last one in the office and my bosses phone rang. I answered it and it was the CEO who was a Sir and quite an important fellow. He said he needed some information urgently and I told him there was nobody here to do it and I was just about to leave. He told me I would have to do it but I said I cant I have to leave now. He got angry and after a rant said "Do you know who I am ?" "Yes Sir, but do you know who I am ? " "No I havent a clue who you are" he said. "Well" said I "in that case go and ###### yourself". I had my coat on and out of there in record time !

#3098706 Daft conversations

Posted by Derwent on 01 April 2015 - 08:48 PM

I once heard a conversation in a tough pub in Workington which still makes me chuckle 20 odd years later...

Bloke : somebody burgled my flat last night when I was in here

His mate : that's terrible mate, did they get away with anything ?

Bloke : no, I've nothing worth taking. But I'd just made a big pan of tatie hash and the dirty b'stards took a dump in it

Mate : oh that's horrible mate

Bloke : I know, I had to throw half of it away.....

#3095543 Are we destroying the Championship?

Posted by Derwent on 26 March 2015 - 05:29 PM

What I am saying is at post #426 
The small clubs can't grow because the big clubs hog all the resources and get most of the SKY cash.
Indeed the only way out is a rich man.

That's not true. Small clubs can still grow, the difference is that they just can't grow to become SL monoliths like some people would like. Each club has a different potential and just because one club has smaller potential than others doesn't mean trying to grow isn't worthwhile. It's only not worthwhile if you have myopia and see SL as the be all and end all. Using my club as an example, we have the potential to be a top 6 Championship club but nothing more. I'd be delighted if we can achieve that. Does that mean we should give up because we're not SL material ?

As for big clubs hogging the money, well that's just the nature of things. But giving Championship clubs more of the Sky money won't necessarily change anything. If you gave all the clubs £1m each tomorrow they'd still be using the same players except their wages would be inflated. There would still be successful and unsuccessful clubs on the pitch even if they had the same income, such is sport. And guess what - the successful clubs would see crowds grow and generate additional income, the unsuccessful ones would be no better off than they are now.

You'd like to think they'd spend some of it on things like junior development but that's wishful thinking. The worst thing to happen to RL was the scrapping of transfer fees. What point is there in Workington producing another Shaun Lunt or Whitehaven another Kyle Amor when a SL club will come along and take them for a pittance ?

#3095113 jeremy Clarkson

Posted by Derwent on 25 March 2015 - 09:08 PM

That was different though, it didn't happen in the workplace.
Also, it was Piers Morgan. Condemnation? He deserved a medal. :P

But surely violence is violence wherever it happens ? Also, was this incident in the workplace ? If you punched a work colleague in a pub would you expect your employer to class it as such ?

Anyway, the point is that quite often the righteously indignant are very hypocritical about these things. Had it been a blue collar worker punching a company director they'd be hailing him a hero.

#3095049 jeremy Clarkson

Posted by Derwent on 25 March 2015 - 07:46 PM

i can't help wondering if those people who are morally outraged by this incident were similarly outraged when Clarkson punched Piers Morgan ? I mean, surely they were calling for him to be sacked by the BBC then. Weren't they ?

#3092996 Are we destroying the Championship?

Posted by Derwent on 22 March 2015 - 08:20 AM

Championship clubs took Merdochs pay off to fek off and shut up, they took the money but now they want to change the deal.
You sold out, live with it.

That's the worst argument I've ever read on here, and that's saying something.

By your logic, neither Huddersfield, Hull KR or Widnes should receive any SL money as they were beneficiaries of the NFP pay off.

Additionally, by the same logic, Sheffield, London and Halifax were not part of that deal so where would they stand ?

#3090350 Dewsbury score predictions

Posted by Derwent on 17 March 2015 - 01:48 PM

Latu has himself admitted that he massively underestimated the standard of the Championship and that he didn't start the season fit enough to play at such a level, its been a big shock to him. He is determined to work hard and get up to speed and I'm told he is doing extra training during the day to get himself up the level he needs to be. Hopefully in a couple of weeks we'll start seeing the best of him.