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#3268186 2021 World Cup expanded to 16 nations

Posted by bowes on Yesterday, 05:08 PM

Scotland have a domestic league and a pretty good sponsor for it in Deuchars

No they don't

#3266892 EU Referendum

Posted by bowes on 03 February 2016 - 03:47 PM

Listening to Hilary Benn on Sky sounds like Camerons right hand man.Just like Blair more Tory than the Torys.Representing the British worker my eye.

I'm not sure how the alternative option of unlimited unskilled immigration with welfare without cap from day one and no anti-terror laws or national defence will help the British worker

#3265940 EU Referendum

Posted by bowes on 01 February 2016 - 09:17 PM

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?

#3264055 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by bowes on 29 January 2016 - 04:05 PM

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

#3262213 Refugee humanitarian disaster

Posted by bowes on 25 January 2016 - 09:08 PM

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

#3260784 Dual Reg

Posted by bowes on 22 January 2016 - 02:12 PM

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.

#3260579 The gathering storm ...

Posted by bowes on 21 January 2016 - 10:48 PM

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

#3258689 Reserves Comp Shambles

Posted by bowes on 16 January 2016 - 07:30 PM

Under 16s is the tier to cut. The pro clubs don't give them an actual league season but they systematically destroy the leagues at that age group by raiding them

#3256708 The middle east...

Posted by bowes on 11 January 2016 - 08:09 AM

It can be solved. Israel and Palestine making Peace going back to the 1967 borders & everything will fall into place.

95% of the trouble in the Middle East these days has absolutely nothing to do with Israel and Palestine

#3256094 Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour Party

Posted by bowes on 09 January 2016 - 02:27 PM

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.

#3253342 2016 Challenge Cup

Posted by bowes on 01 January 2016 - 10:31 PM

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.




Break down of clubs is:


22 NCL clubs

CLS winner

Harry Jepson Trophy winner

Welsh league winner (despite three Welsh teams in higher leagues missing out)

Aberdeen Warriors (more or less the game in Scotland)

1 NWML rep

1 Cumbria League rep

1 Pennine league rep

1 YML rep





2 Universities

#3251355 Barla national cup

Posted by bowes on 26 December 2015 - 04:16 PM

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.

#3248886 Bell Vue Bees.

Posted by bowes on 19 December 2015 - 04:33 PM

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

#3248575 ALL GOLDS CLS

Posted by bowes on 18 December 2015 - 02:17 PM

Great idea, I think some other League 1 clubs would benefit from having sides attached to them playing in the amateur leagues.

Coventry Bears do the same. Hemel and Skolars have reserve sides but they are in lower divisions

#3242229 Vote in parliament for military action

Posted by bowes on 02 December 2015 - 12:48 PM

Bombing Syria to stop Isis is like trying to stop hackers by closing PC World

Noone's bombing Syria. They're bombing the Islamic State