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#3270919 A Farce

Posted by Ramite on 10 February 2016 - 07:05 AM

We don't know Leigh have over spent , all clubs can apply to the RFL to go over the salary cap its done on a case by case basis. I think they have to lodge a bond with the RFL. The cap is only there because some clubs have no self control , if you have the money I don't see why you can't spend it. You still need to get the right players together.

#3267046 EU Referendum

Posted by Ramite on 03 February 2016 - 08:11 PM

Two excellent posts IMO. I too have enjoyed the freedom to work in other EU countries and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Restrictions on travel and working with absolutely no fuss or red tape will be a real hindrance for a few companies I know.

No hint yet that there will any red tape , not much of an argument either of those posts. We wouldn't be leaving Europe just the EU. The swiss successfully travel all over Europe. I'm sure we we still be able to travel to Warsaw or Spain.

#3265881 EU Referendum

Posted by Ramite on 01 February 2016 - 08:07 PM

Wasting money is something the EU have excelled at. Something DCs reforms haven't even suggested at.I'm sure should we leave the EU amongst other things to befall us is ww3 and of course the world will stop turning.

#3264416 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by Ramite on 30 January 2016 - 12:03 PM

What you've left out there is that the investigation that finally ended up wringing out a few bob from Google was started under the last Labour government. The Hard Hat Kid talks a good fight but let's be fair that's all he does.

Then it must have taken 5 years for Labour to realize there was an issue with Google's tax. Not a fan of Osbourne but at least he got something out of them. All governments across Europe need to have some standards for multinationals to stop the parking of profits in other countries. Lawson has suggested a sales tax , probably some mileage in looking at this.

#3243919 Oldham West and Royton

Posted by Ramite on 06 December 2015 - 09:18 PM

I know far more about mining than anything else...
Steel and ship building all but disappeared under the tories. British Leyland amongst other British manufacturers is no more...
There are many other examples.
But I don't know enough about those industries to pass learned comment.
I do when it comes to mining.
I started worked 29.9.1979 for the NCB finance dept. There were 242 collieries with 400k employees across collieries and associated ancillaries....
Next week there will be none.
Almost all of those closures happened under the tories...
Whether you agree if this is right or wrong depends on your political view and eco view on power production.

Coal mining peaked in terms of tonnage in 1913 its been on the decline since then. You incorrect about almost all pit closures been under the Tories through. Wilson closed twice the number Maggie did in half the time. Even Attlee shut over a hundred deep mines. I wonder if either is as hated as Maggie is in the old mining villages. I doubt it , probably because neither was a Tory.

#3241421 Vote in parliament for military action

Posted by Ramite on 30 November 2015 - 10:03 PM

The problems with all ex colonies is that the colonial powers invented "countries" and drew borders with no attention to the racial or religious affiliations of the inhabitants. 100 years ago Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia etc. didn't exist. They were invented by the British and the French when the Ottoman Empire fell apart. They've been trouble ever since. TBH I don't think there is a solution unless someone is prepared to either say "get on with it" and leave them to blow one another to pieces, or for a UN approved grand coalition to commit ground troops to a long haul clean out of the whole area, including Saudi. The whole area is a mess of failed states, maniacal Muslim fundamentalism, and corruption.

If those boundaries were drawn 30 years ago it would matter little, rather than a civil war in syria ,it would be 2 or more counties at war. Quite a number of people in the middle east can't get along with there neighbours regardless of race , language etc. As you say there is no real solution the best that can be hoped for is putting a lid on the worst of it.

#3238621 Championship Club of the Year kicks on during close-season

Posted by Ramite on 24 November 2015 - 12:32 PM

Sounds like alot of work has been done in the off season. Well done to AR , they have done a huge amount of work in the last couple of years.

#3238351 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by Ramite on 23 November 2015 - 08:18 PM


#3226383 2016 wish list and rumour mill

Posted by Ramite on 02 November 2015 - 08:51 PM

He will be at Workington next year.

#3216678 Tax Credits

Posted by Ramite on 18 October 2015 - 04:22 PM

First of all, I'm not an 'armchair expert'. I have worked for four different councils. Secondly, in the case of St Helens they have been loudly whinging about The Cuts since the first round of cuts, as I said in my initial post. Therefore, if they are so broke, where is the money coming from to buy the IPads in the first place? IPads may or may not be financially more efficient in the long term but when you have a council which moans about the cuts but then pays money up front for technology it could actually do without - there are plenty of laptops around already - to a group of individuals who are not frontline care staff or indeed in any real need of them to increase their productivity or effectiveness (how does an IPad increase the productivity or effectiveness of a councillor when they already have laptops?) - I am calling it as wasted money, money that could either be saved or be spent on frontline services.

Either that or St Helens Council is lying through its collective teeth and it has far more money than its whinging would suggest.

The comment about everyone getting a pc which probably isn't true puts you in the armchair expert mold.

The money comes from the same place as councils buy anything from pens to bin wagons. It may be a shock to you buy councils do buy things that then save money as does private business.
As you say you have no idea if it does save money but you are happy to say its a waste of money.

#3215816 Tax Credits

Posted by Ramite on 17 October 2015 - 10:56 AM

The iPads in the case of St Helens Council were in addition to all the other expensive gadgetry in the place. There was absolutely no need to buy them. None whatsoever. They have phones provided too so they can use those if they need 'mobile working' although they have no need for mobile working in the first place. They aren't working for a multinational company just a local council for heaven's sake.

I was talking about waste not about size of budgets.

What other expensive gadgets do they have ? Did you see the business case ? How do you know there was no need? It's easy to be an armchair expert in what councils do\spend. They have phones as well ! Clearly a luxury item. If you think you only need a phone for mobile working then you don't know what it means. Plenty of councils with 6\7k+ staff so yes it is comparable. St helens have about 8.5k employees, Halfords have about 11k to give you some idea.
What about those pc's did the binmen get one aswell ?

#3205634 Speakman aims to find new level with Rams

Posted by Ramite on 02 October 2015 - 05:24 PM

He's gone,we've moved on

He's not exactly had much competition over the last 20 years has he.;)

It's always the way at this level 2\3 seasons and players move , still doesn't stop how good a player he was for this club.

#3199593 Bradford carry last hope of SL entry

Posted by Ramite on 24 September 2015 - 05:57 PM

Get a room you two.

#3199399 Free school meals for infants 'set to be scrapped'

Posted by Ramite on 24 September 2015 - 11:48 AM

It's why public health was moved to local authorities , so the budget could be cut.

#3198310 Bradford carry last hope of SL entry

Posted by Ramite on 22 September 2015 - 02:51 PM

I think the RFL are meeting the English clubs cost. Toulouse are paying there own way. As for Canada probably never happen was going to be 2016 now a vague hope of 2017.