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#3264908 Oh dear Dave

Posted by Derwent on 31 January 2016 - 10:12 AM

Why is it any of our business?  Come to that why was it any of our business when Blair did the same?  But plenty on here thought it was, including you probably,

Nope, I couldn't care less where any of them send their kids to school, whichever party they represent. It's not, and shouldn't be, a political issue. As parents they will do what they think is best for their children, which is no different to the rest of us. In fact, I'd actually think worse of a politician who didn't do that in order to make some political point.

#3264858 Oh dear Dave

Posted by Derwent on 31 January 2016 - 09:18 AM

Sends his daughter to a state school because it wouldn't look good for the PM not to use a state school.
Sends (planning) his son to a expensive private school because he wont be the PM when he gets there.

Why does it matter to the electorate where his children go to school ? Why is that a political issue ? He's free to send them wherever he likes, just as that bastion of social equality Dianne Abbot is free to send hers to private school.

#3264855 Northern Powerhouse

Posted by Derwent on 31 January 2016 - 09:16 AM

Whenever I hear the term Northern Powerhouse I immediately think of Ian van Bellen.......

#3262590 Refugee humanitarian disaster

Posted by Derwent on 26 January 2016 - 05:49 PM

Just demonstrates that his bigotry spans the full spectrum Phil.

Ah the lefty resorts to type by hurling accusations of bigotry. I never even mentioned the migrants in my post so this bigotry is all in your imagination. Please point out the bigotry ?

In actual fact it is the hard left like you who are the most bigoted bunch of people out there, intolerant of anyone having a different opinion to them and anyone who does is subject to abuse and threats - even those who are members of the same political party. The hard left in this country really are a nasty vile bunch, thank god they will never have any real power no matter how much they delude themselves.

#3260753 The gathering storm ...

Posted by Derwent on 22 January 2016 - 12:48 PM

From everything I've seen that is probably the best description of the situation; it does happen, but it's pretty rare.


I think it probably occurs in clusters and in certain specific areas. It'd be rare in some towns/areas but fairly common in others. My mother in law lives on one of the roughest estates in Newcastle (Byker Wall) and there are loads of extended families there who are welfare dependent and quite happy to be so. In fact many see the benefits as being their drink money and make their living by other less legal means. The estate is awash with cheap counterfeit cigarettes and booze, stolen goods etc and that's before you get into the drug dealing. Yet go a couple of miles up the road and there probably wouldn't be such a welfare dependent culture. So while its true to say it is not a widespread problem I also think it is true to say it is a problem in specific areas.

#3256791 League Express Tweeting that they have story that will rock the sport

Posted by Derwent on 11 January 2016 - 12:27 PM

Koukash has said they have already been cleared in court about this. Is that true? If so, another non-story.


He's referring to the Puletua employment tribunal, though why he thinks that is relevant to the salary cap is anybody's guess.

#3256468 Where Superleague gets it's players from

Posted by Derwent on 10 January 2016 - 04:49 PM

2016 they are 27th. out of the trad northern clubs with only about 3 local players

On Workington and Whitehaven, someone pulled me up the other day and said that the real strength of RL is in Whitehaven more than Workington. The JPS listings of the top 15 for each club 1976 shows that out of the 30 players there were loads more Whitehaven than Workington lads.


Your research on Barrow is, quite frankly, absolute nonsense. 3 local players in their current squad ? They have actually got 15 locals in their 2016 squad. No idea how you came up with 3.

Re Workington/Whitehaven if you are simply going by place of birth then of course there will be more Whitehaven born players because the West Cumberland Hospital is in Whitehaven which houses the main maternity ward for the area. Most of the people from Workington are "Whitehaven born" as a result, as are those from Maryport, Cockermouth, Egremont etc.

#3255681 Where Superleague gets it's players from

Posted by Derwent on 08 January 2016 - 12:45 PM

I've been told a few times by people involved in junior RL that the scholarship and academy systems are actually very detrimental to junior development in terms of playing numbers. Instead of enhancing the game they are actively killing junior RL off in some areas, which is not in anyone's best interests.

#3253979 Rain, rain and more rain

Posted by Derwent on 03 January 2016 - 06:39 PM

Without trying to get into party political arguments, much of today's problems can be traced back to the Blair government.

In 2000 we signed up the European Water Framework Directive, a key part of which was the requirement to stop dredging rivers and waterways.

Under the EWF authorities were charged with a primary obligation of achieving "good ecological status" for rivers which was defined as keeping them in an undisturbed natural condition. A key part of achieving that was the cessation of both dredging and embanking.

It might not be the sole cause but it is a major contributory factor, for which the current EA officials or government ministers are not really to blame (though I'm sure some will try). They're simply not allowed to meddle with natural watercourses under current EU legislation.

#3253933 Cricket

Posted by Derwent on 03 January 2016 - 04:45 PM

And Ben Stokes has inherited his dad's aggression.

Nah, it's the result of being a ginger kid growing up in West Cumbria, toughened him up.

#3252728 DR. Yes or No this season?

Posted by Derwent on 30 December 2015 - 11:22 PM

The new DR eligibility rules for the 8's means that it is going to be advantageous to have the same DR players regularly rather than one off appearances by big names. The new rule is that if a player has played 8 games or more on DR in the regular season then he can play for both parent and partner club in the 8's so players won't be frozen out like Tierney and co were this year.

#3252655 Compassionate Conservatism

Posted by Derwent on 30 December 2015 - 08:25 PM

I would venture that the only thing Letwin is truly sorry about is this getting in the papers. :rolleyes:

Most probably, but he's no different to 99.9% of politicians in that respect.

#3252457 Compassionate Conservatism

Posted by Derwent on 30 December 2015 - 11:59 AM

Letwin didn't think, or say something, he wrote it down in a document briefing the Prime Minister of this country.

Again, it's not specifically about him. It's more the dodgy principle of judging people on attitudes "of the time" against current ones. History never shows people in a good light. No doubt in another 10-15 years we will see documents released from the Blair government which will reflect badly on people who were in it. It's not party specific. People in all walks of life, of all political persuasions, say and do things everyday that they believe to be right at the time but history shows to be completely wrong or inappropriate. It's always happened, it always will happen, and people who judge them on it are small minded idiots with personal agendas.

If you wish to talk specifically about Letwin, then I doubt a briefing document for the PM would have been written purely on personal opinion. I'd imagine they would have spoken to various interested parties such as the Met Police etc and had various researchers and advisors involved. A document like this would be a consensus of opinions rather than one mans personal view.

#3244563 Rain, rain and more rain

Posted by Derwent on 08 December 2015 - 12:36 PM

The bottom line is that the flood defences in places like Carlisle, Cockermouth and Keswick all stood up to levels of water higher than had ever previously been seen. You can't plan for every eventuality and under ordinary circumstances the flood defences would have done their job perfectly adequately. These levels of water were unprecedented and unfortunately they overtopped the defences. But as is the norm these days everybody looks for somebody to blame for everything that goes wrong, when in fact it was a freak occurrence outside of anybody's control.

#3242746 Kevin Sinfield

Posted by Derwent on 03 December 2015 - 12:48 PM

I can't believe that Tai Woffinden isn't one of the nominees. He has just become world speedway champion for the 2nd time in 3 years, winning the title easily, and along the way has raised over £100k for Great Ormond Street Hospital through various charity events.


Plus, unlike some of the usual suspects, he actually has a bit of personality. He's probably a bit too edgy for the Beeb though with his facial tattoos etc.