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The Messina conference met in 1956, and Eden then PM turned down an invitation to attend. This conference laid down the basis for the Treaty of Rome. So when the EEC (as it was then) was formed we were not in it. 5 years later Supermac when cap in hand to DeGaulle begging him to let us in. And he famously said "non!" It took us another 11 years and three general elections to finally get in. Admission to the EEC was in the manifesto of the Tories who won the election in 1970. So they had a mandate to take us in. In 1974 a referendum on membership was in Labour's manifesto in order to keep the party together. And it confirmed membership. But then in the eighties Maggie started making waves, And it cost her the premiership eventually. But the Tories were and are split from top to bottom on this issue. So we're having another referendum. Cameron has gone to Europe to try and get some concessions so that he can paper over the cracks in his party. But already the nay sayers have started Redwood etc already saying that what's of offer isn't enough etc. And the Mons- erm UKIP also saying the same.
It took us years to get in, there've been nothing but complaints ever since we were in, and now we might be going to chuck out membership for the sake of Dave staying in No 10.
If we do come out we're going to be very sorry. Scotland will want out of the Union and I've absolutely no doubt that with out the EU guarantee gone the trouble in NI will kick off again. And we'll be there in the big world all alone. A diminished former big power with no power at all. Within a generation we'll be back where Spain and Portugal were before they joined. Approaching being a third world country.
So what you're saying is we can either stay in the EU and be economic superpowers like Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain or leave and be third world countries like Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand?
If they're not refugees then they can sod off home and do it properly. If they are refugees then there's a genuine case for them. That's why it's crucial that the terms aren't mixed up. Migrants are optional for us to take and really should only get in on understood merits, refugees are people who are in an imperilled state and require rescue.
It's a deliberate act by some (not all) government ministers to call refugees migrants.
I'd question whether you could be a refugee if you're in a safe country and have turned down the opportunity to claim asylum there. Though it's possible there are some people there who've had their claims rejected by France but may have a chance in the UK
Some people, particularly leftwingers it seems, want to blame all the world's ills on the West. Doing so appears to make them feel better somehow.
Basically they're racist as they think only white people are capable of independent thought but non white people can only act as blameless victims with no capability for being responsible for their actions
I was part of all the conversations and there were no caveats put into the deal, it was a basic support and sponsor deal to put BARLA in the lime light...Simple as
BARLA board once again deluded and showing that the management in place of the organisation is not fit for purpose.
I simply fail to see what BARLA offer anymore they are a throw back of a bygone age with no vision, no leadership and not a clue what it means to support and retain your membership. I just hope the people that vote can now see what damage has been done and rectify it before they loose everything tied up there.
This would not of happened with me FACT!!!
As the saying goes, I think its time for a change!
BARLA need to be disbanded and a new British Community Rugby League Association set up that represents all leagues in all parts of the country, open age and junior. Whether the NCL should be part of it or separate I don't know, but the organisation should be happy to modernise whenever it's in the clubs' interest and prioritise playing leagues over anachronistic district leagues.
You'd be my choice of chair and I expect most other people's.
I think the German welfare model is better as it looks after people who've contributed to the system well but on the flip side anyone who hasn't contributed gets the bare minimum to survive and given a job to do at the first opportunity (often through government receuitment agencies) which means you can't be long term unemployed
The increase in the minimum wage will be offset by the decrease in tax credits. No one will be better off, many will be worse off. That's the Tories for you. And after Osborne's performance yesterday I reckon it'll get a lot worse before it gets any better. But it's all the fault of the Chinese, or the oil price, or Iran, or Iraq, or anyone except him.
That's a lie to say noone will be better off with the minimum wage rise and tax credit cuts. Anyone working for minimum wage who doesn't have children or a disability will be 40% better off for a start.
Out of 36 community teams invited only 22 are from the NCL. Whilst St Patrick's did turn down entry the RFL actively block about half the NCL and all bar the league winners of CLS from participation whilst inviting clubs from much lower leagues or in one case no league at all.
The Challenge Cup format is weird as well. They won't invite the bottom half of NCL division 1 or runners up in Conference League South but they invite the winners of a Welsh league that only features three first teams (despite the three strongest Welsh amateur clubs playing in CLS) and Aberdeen Warriors who play in no league at all. Either they need to go back to more qualifying rounds or qualifying cups and open up the entry to at least all NCL and CLS clubs and the winners of the local leagues (or top two/four in the heartlands) like they used to or they need to have a more logical criteria for qualification.
The Rugby League Conference used to love their fake expansion teams. Liverpool Buccaneers with a team from St Helens, Crewe Wolves with a team from Warrington and Chester Wolves with a team from Widnes come to mind