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#3183273 Harry Jepson Trophy 2015

Posted by bowes on 27 August 2015 - 02:19 PM

I think the Harry Jepson Trophy is an anachronism anyway, it's increasingly just an invitation tournament. If they want to keep it they should have it as a southern cup for anyone to enter with rounds throughout the season

#3182096 Don't panic.... china crash ahead

Posted by bowes on 24 August 2015 - 10:19 PM

"German style corporatism" is a credible description of Nazism. Are you a fan?

Less than you are I'd suspect.


On the other hand in Germany they have a very balanced economic system whereby workers get some representation on management board, just enough that they get fairer wages, but not total control so that there are still people with the relevant skills and experience to professionally manage. The economy is shared amongst the country with industry as the priority over finance. People who lose their job receive generous benefits on a time limited basis, but for the long term unemployed or those who haven't worked before there are government employment agencies to give you a job, eliminating welfare dependence. It works very well

#3176866 Labour leadership contest

Posted by bowes on 15 August 2015 - 08:30 PM

I think that's a fair assessment of both Burnham and Cooper. And I do still wonder if Liz Kendall is in the Labour party because she is the ultimate shy Tory.

I just met her today and she caught me of guard with how pleasant and ordinary she comes across. I'm still edging towards Burnham or Cooper, but to me Kendall comes across more Lib Dem than Tory with focus on things like education in poorer areas.

#3174580 Former minister says the UK is becoming a 'one-party state'

Posted by bowes on 11 August 2015 - 07:04 PM

Obviously I'm not the only one who thinks Cameron is trying to manipulate the system so the Tories stay in forever.


It's not the Tories trying to bring about a one party state so much as none of the opposition parties trying hard enough to beat them (except the SNP)

#3173775 North South Divide. It's time for RFL North, RFL South.

Posted by bowes on 10 August 2015 - 11:00 AM

A Hemel volunteer told me after the game that they are running an U6's, 7's, 8's 14's, 15's, 16's and 18's in the London leagues despite the competition from RU. What a waste this would be if Hemel first team ends up not being able to survive.

London league only runs 13s, 15s and 17s and Hemel didn't enter the 15s and came bottom at 17s. The younger age groups I assume would be in the minis

#3173238 All Golds 26 Newcastle Thunder 10

Posted by bowes on 09 August 2015 - 11:56 AM

Still think it's telling that the 9th place team winning at home to the 8th place team is seen as a giant killing

#3171797 North South Divide. It's time for RFL North, RFL South.

Posted by bowes on 06 August 2015 - 10:21 AM

There are probably only two clubs that would be anywhere near joining the southern division, Nottingham Outlaws and Valley Cougars, and the latter may make things less viable for the Scorpions (maybe they could merge with the Raiders and move back west?)

Part of me thinks this is the way forward and part of me thinks just invite 6 new sides and go for league 1 and 2 of ten each (with most new sides northern plus Nottingham I guess)

#3171020 Calais: what to do.

Posted by bowes on 04 August 2015 - 06:36 PM

As this subject is about those wanting to come to the UK, I assumed the context was around asylum seekers here therefore there really aren't that many Russian, Serb and Bosnian asylum seekers here. Also, to claim asylum you have to remain resident in one country, a multiple entry would see you get neither.

I'm glad that you can agree that the UK really isn't the great attraction of the EU that it is described as by the right-wing media rags. We do take our share, about average across the EU, but we're certainly not where all asylum seekers would go.

Personally, if I were an asylum seeker, I'd go to Germany or Sweden. I'd give the UK a damn big miss given the hysteria towards those trying to claim asylum.

Contrary to popular belief the UK is actually one of the most tolerant countries in Europe as regards immigrants from outside of Europe. The former West Germany tends to be tolerant, the East much less so, but overall there are a lot of attacks on asylum accommodation and politicians sympathetic to asylum seekers. Sweden the tolerance is basically a case of here's an abandoned industrial area go live there refugees and we'll give you generous benefits. We recognise your culture as equal so no need to learn Swedish or integrate. Net consequence is Sweden being the most hopelessly segregated country in western Europe (France is very bad as well) and a load of riots not all that long ago

#3162044 Scottish 'league' format 2015

Posted by bowes on 21 July 2015 - 05:01 PM

Without Aberdeen Warriors there'd be no Scottish rugby league

#3160922 Wigan and Warrington want to bring back the reserves

Posted by bowes on 19 July 2015 - 08:36 PM

So do St.Helens and so do HKR.


The veiled move to create an elite eight was followed by a move to create eight super academies which Hull & HKR actually kicked off, and now clubs with ambition to be or stay Elite clubs are bringing back reserves.


Again, the change to the structure, according to the public relations garbage the RFL put out was supposed to create interest, enthusiasm and increased attendances across all the divisions, which was laughable. 


It's an eight club Superleague, you'll bump into it in a couple of weeks time, but this won't stop people puzzling how Wakefield are going to afford an academy, a reserve side and a first team.


Based on playing standards the following 8 academies would make sense:



St Helens





City of Hull



This fits with the current top 8 sides. The biggest concern with this would be the lack of a London side, so you may want 10 academy sides (I guess you'd split Widnes and Warrington in that scenario). Cumbria could play in North West premier division at U16s and U18s and North East and South Yorkshire sides could play in the equivalent leagues east of the Pennines.


This is where it gets tricky as you would clearly want midlands/south west/Welsh players at Under 19s in the Conference League South but you'd need to set up a new equivalent league at Under 16s. Likewise London and south east would need a reshuffle


There's a case to be made for going to

#3159410 Labour leadership contest

Posted by bowes on 17 July 2015 - 07:58 AM

The thing about Jeremy Corbyn is he takes extremist positions on a lot of issues that no normal working class person would share. I have no issue with someone wanting to nationalise trains or raise the top rate of tax but do Labour really need a candidate who is sympathetic to Islamic extremists and anti-Semites, who wants to hand back Northern Ireland in it's entirety to Ireland (triggering a civil war) and allow open border immigration

#3157827 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by bowes on 13 July 2015 - 09:06 PM

Good god you are scraping the barrel with that

I'll show them 30-40 families locally to me who are professional scroungers,2 of the families went to Las Vegas last year.

Not bad when you've never worked a day in your life

I think the only people who do well out of benefits are either the small percentage who work illegally and sign on, plus the people who have lots of children and then spend the money on themselves rather than properly looking after their children with it. If you don't have children or a disability then benefits are not much money at all

#3157812 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by bowes on 13 July 2015 - 08:25 PM

The benefits for the working poor as you phrase it were introduced in 2003 or 2004 so they are not exactly fundamental to the benefits system given that a whole raft of people functioned perfectly well before tax credits were introduced. Their loss will be felt by some but not others but they were brought in under the false premise that their cost would be £600 million per year when in fact last year the cost to the taxpayer for tax credits was £3 billion.

Which would you prefer to have: someone's wage being topped up by a handout or someone earning a higher wage for the same job?

Tax credits don't cost £3billion, it's £30billion. £500 per person and despite earning a low salary I don't get a penny whilst middle class people often do

#3154484 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by bowes on 07 July 2015 - 09:50 PM

How are we defining teenage? There were probably more married 18 and 19 year olds having children in the 1970s

#3151068 Hull FC and Hull KR to merge...

Posted by bowes on 02 July 2015 - 12:12 PM

This is very good news as the youth game in the city has been decimated by having to fund two academies