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#3128589 The European Union Referendum

Posted by bowes on 24 May 2015 - 09:32 PM

So that is perhaps where the compromise is coming from?

Labour planned to take a step towards a German welfare model by increasing contribution based JSA whilst making the long term unemployed take mandatory, guaranteed jobs.


The Conservatives actually want to move in the other direction and completely scrap contribution based benefits

#3128530 The European Union Referendum

Posted by bowes on 24 May 2015 - 08:05 PM

The thing about welfare is most European countries run a system whereby if you've worked long enough and lose your job you get time limited benefits that are often linked to your salary but if you haven't worked long enough or the time limit ends you either get nothing or (more likely) get the real bare minimum, worse than here (there are a few exceptions mainly in Scandinavia). Clearly an immigrant that has worked for a long time then lost their job getting benefits is less controversial than someone getting them from day one of moving to a country as would happen with our welfare system which doesn't distinguish between someone who's never worked and someone who's been made redundant after working for 15 years

#3127949 Clues on Yorkshire Mens League set up 2015?

Posted by bowes on 23 May 2015 - 06:53 PM

Heworth and York Acorn A would be about the right playing standard and York Lokomotive have improved a lot so would probably be up for it. Obviously depending on numbers etc whether it's a Hull league or a Yorkshire Men's League (East) division, but I definitely think that would be a good idea and may attract some more Hull sides

#3126361 Ghosts etc

Posted by bowes on 21 May 2015 - 11:48 AM

I was doing a tour round a haunted former pub once (now it's some kind of health shop) and it was getting towards the end and whilst some people were getting excited by small noises etc I'd got to the point where I was bored as hadn't seen anything. As we went into the last room they said this is the most haunted room and even the caretaker won't go in after dark as he's heard voices and things moving round. I went in expecting to see nothing but in the corner there was a ghost of a girl or young woman sat down that vanished pretty quickly after I saw it. The weird thing was I wasn't scared it just felt like a perfectly natural thing to see until about five minutes afterwards when it clicked

The other freaky thing I saw once was when I was watching a trainee medium (I'm interested in looking into psychic phenomena) and she completely freaked out and lost control and suddenly the handle on the door came down and the door swung open and I heard footsteps down the stairs and a big slam coming from the outer door. The strange thing being the outer door was securely locked, the door had nothing attached to it (strings etc) and I actually saw the door moving with noone there. Suffice to say we never saw her again. To me this wasn't a dead spirit it was poltergeist activity unconsciously caused by a living person

#3126216 Is it time to plan and establish a Pan Pacific League?

Posted by bowes on 21 May 2015 - 06:47 AM

I agree with having a regular international tournament for those sides but not a league. The local league in PNG and Fiji would be a higher standard than a league with teams from Vanuatu, Japan, Hawaii etc and them having top sides in Australian state leagues give them a far better standard anyway. What I do agree strongly with is the NZ domestic league idea above

#3125568 Religion/Politics

Posted by bowes on 20 May 2015 - 06:55 AM

The ridiculous thing is gay marriage is illegal in Northern Ireland so it's alright for the law to be against them just not for bakers to be

#3122966 Labour leadership contest

Posted by bowes on 15 May 2015 - 05:47 PM

I don't think it really matters, because I reckon Cameron's party will implode, like they did between 1992 and 1997.  Basically because he's useless.  I mean what kind of PM employs a suspected criminal as press secretary?

I'd like to think you're right but I really don't see it. I don't see the appeal of a party promising to slash support for disabled people purely to give tax breaks for rich people, but it seems a lot of people do. The only possibility is a split over Europe

#3120272 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by bowes on 10 May 2015 - 09:26 AM

The Socialist Worker party is indeed left-wing.  In exactly the same way as the EDL and Tory party are right wing.


I'm glad we agree.

I doubt many EDL members have a political view beyond hating Muslims

#3118244 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by bowes on 07 May 2015 - 06:58 AM

Why can't all those international rep teams you have mentioned still play the canadian national team if there is a Toronto based team in the CL1.

As a Kiwi, did you poo-poo the idea of the Warriors joining the NRL? Would you have rather had the sponsors that supported the Warriors bid plough their money into a domestic comp? Would you have advocated that the above rep teams visit NZ to play the Kiwis?

The idea isn't equivalent to NZ Warriors joining the NRL. It's equivalent to Tokyo Warriors joining the Sydney Shield

#3118084 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by bowes on 06 May 2015 - 05:41 PM

So if it ends up at SL level by 2018 ?

My point is part time players should never be expected to play in another continent.

#3117829 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by bowes on 06 May 2015 - 10:43 AM

Fully agree mate, I'm all for expansion but London rugby league is a mess and French rugby league needs support. With all the costs involved it would be easier to just start a pro Canadian or North American League.

Skolars and Hemel are really struggling to run reserve sides which is a problem. Conference League South needs splitting between midlands/south west and east/south east with an aim to get both divisions up to 10 sides. This should provide an underpinning for the league 1 expansion and help provide the grounding for future expansion. Toulouse into the new Championship would work better than last time due to the higher salary cap

#3117819 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by bowes on 06 May 2015 - 10:24 AM

Horrific that they'd even consider this. We need to make sure the league's fledgling southern expansion works first (as things stand every northern team may well beat every southern team)

#3113110 Mirfield Stags

Posted by bowes on 28 April 2015 - 09:29 AM

I've been thinking about this sort of town for a while - I think RL has been stuck with its power-bases in a lot of towns that were big or up-and-coming pre-war. Oldham's a good example - I think at one point it was maybe in the top 25 UK towns by population (actually 12th in 1851 according to Wikipedia), but now it's maybe around 75th, and is continuing to shrink.


Mirfield's on the opposite trajectory however - it might only be about 20,000 people, but it's increasing steadily, and is likely to have a much younger demographic. So, it's vital that, as well as keeping on supporting the traditional clubs like Oldham, in areas like Mirfield that are hardly covered at all by RL, but are young and ripe for colonisation, new clubs should be supported as much as possible - it should be like pushing at an open door, and their strength will hopefully feed back into the more established set-ups.

I think there are problems with clubs being in the wrong location due to tradition. Certain areas have lots of weak clubs struggling whereas other areas have a smaller number of strong clubs. It's hard for clubs to give up tradition and merge but realistically there isn't much alternative in some cases.


At the moment an artificially high number of clubs are kept on life support in Yorkshire just by players doubling up in summer and winter and this isn't sustainable (no coincidence that the whilst Lancashire as a whole lost 20% of sides Widnes has lost 50% as it was the area with the highest support for winter; this not being a dig at winter so much as representing the issues of having your clubs split over two playing seasons). 


On the other hand new clubs in areas like Bury and Mirfield that previously weren't covered are doing well

#3110374 Huyton RL

Posted by bowes on 23 April 2015 - 06:53 AM

A few more Bury Broncos or Leyland Warriors type clubs would definitely be a good thing

#3108795 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by bowes on 20 April 2015 - 06:56 AM

TUSC is that the same Socialist Party created by Arthur Scargill?

Bob Crow set TUSC up as a coalition I believe

But yeah as stated below Socilaist Party were Labour's expelled militant tendency