John Drake

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  1. The leader appoints his team. The responsibility is his. Leadership is about taking responsibility. Corbyn never does that. His disasters are always someone else's fault, it seems.
  2. RFL approval is essentially meaningless, then. I agree.
  3. It's not negativity, it's realism borne of bitter experience.
  4. If the new owners don't have any money to spend, then the project is doomed from the get go, let's be realistic about that. You can't run a Rugby League team on thin air. Fans won't suddenly start turning up in their droves to watch a losing team. That goes against all sporting logic. The RFL rejected a bid that was heavily reliant on supporter involvement, which suggests they recognise that much at least. If the new owners cannot fund the club, they shouldn't really be in charge of it.
  5. Maybe that's why I'm wary of throwing my hat into the air and celebrating too soon purely on the basis of the RFL having 'approved' the new owners at Bradford as if that meant anything other than 'phew, at least we don't have to revise the fixture list at the last minute'.
  6. Whether Starmer is the right person to lead Labour remains to be seen. He'd be my choice, for the reasons I gave earlier in the thread. I think the public would respond positively to a Labour leader showing signs of actual competence, and start to give them a hearing again. What is crystal clear by now is that Corbyn is the wrong person. He cannot even do the basics, like coherently articulate a policy position for more than five minutes. The recent 'relaunch' was a complete fiasco, all his own doing, that cannot be blamed on the bogeymen of the PLP and the MSM. He will only further divide and diminish the party to the point of electoral irrelevance. I don't want that to happen.
  7. We don't know anything about it yet. Is it too much to ask to wait and see what their plans are before asking us to commit our undying loyalty to it? I'm sure the core band of fans will support the players wearing red, amber and black at Odsal, whoever owns the club. The big question is whether the new club will be capable of attracting back any of those fans alienated by the years of abysmal management the club has suffered.
  8. The only problem with your analysis of painting Marc Green as the villian and the RFL as the heroes here is that the RFL originally approved Marc Green as a fit and proper person to own the Bulls in the first place. If he is such a wrong 'un, as you (and many others) allege, it doesn't say much for the rigour of the RFL's processes in sussing out wrong 'uns before they get the chance to own a club. They also approved Omar Khan before that, and that didn't end well either. Which is basically why a few of us Bulls fans will be reserving judgement on this whole situation for a good while yet. Endorsement by the RFL effectively means chuff all in our experience. We don't yet know anything about the new owners' plans for the club, or how they will finance it. And even when we do, who will take it all at face value? We heard plenty of fine words and promises from Messers Khan and Green at the start of their ownership of the club, but both ended with the club back in administration. Look, I hope things will be different this time, I really do, but experience suggests caution. If this latest incarnation of the Bulls is still around in three years time, with no financial crises having arisen inbetween times, making steady progress on and off the field, that will be the time to doff the cap to the RFL and say 'you got it right this time, chaps', and to fully appreciate the new owners too, for having restored the battered faith of Rugby League fans in Bradford.
  9. If this incarnation of the club still exists in a couple of years, maybe then the judgements will be kinder, but Bradfordians have been here before, several times now, hence the unavoidable cynicism about the processes involved and those whom the RFL regard as 'fit and proper' people to run the club. My own view remains that it's bordering on insanity to throw a new club into the Championship with less than a month to prepare, a 12 point deduction and minimum central funding and expect it to do anything other than fail. It's hardly the most appetising prospect to lay before the Bradford public and expect them to part with hard earned cash to watch. But the deed is done now and I hope, somehow, that it survives and perhaps eventually prospers. I want to be proved wrong.
  10. Keir Starmer Brexit speech I wasn't a member of the party when Neil Kinnock was elected leader, but I think his achievements in dragging Labour back from the electoral abyss after 1983 are immense. His speech to the '85 Conference was a defining moment, when you knew Labour was leaving the madness behind and getting serious about being an alternative government again. The tragedy is after all that, here we are back to square one again, needing another Kinnock.
  11. I'm on tenterhooks, waiting to have my hopes crushed again. It's become a regular Friday afternoon thing these past few weeks.
  12. From this position? No one. It's gone already. But in terms of damage limitation? My choice would be Keir Starmer. Confident public speaker, already has good command of toughest brief (Brexit) , heavyweight reputation as former DPP, would get support from MPs on all wings of the party as has served in Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet while not being a Corbynite, also carries no baggage from the New Labour era. If you wanted someone with a more traditional working class background, Jess Phillips would liven things up a bit. She speaks human, which is a rarity not just in the Labour Party these days but politics in general. Both would be infinitely preferable to the current clueless incumbent.
  13. I'm getting old and weary. Bit of excitement though, innit.
  14. Another new Bradford Bulls company registered on Companies House
  15. Call me soft would you, eh? I've watched enough games at Odsal in the depths of winter to know I wouldn't want to do it again. Anyway, at Odsal it's often hard to tell what the season is, it can snow in June. The Challenge Cup suffers for a multitude of reasons, none of which would be resolved by playing games in the depths of winter IMO. You fix one aspect, it would throw up a whole load of other issues, not least that the scheduling is still at the mercy of the BBC. Times have changed massively. Consider the way home entertainment has changed since 1996, with the growth of the internet, the boom in computer games and consoles, on demand telly and streaming box sets, and explain to me how you would persuade a generation now used to watching Rugby League in the summer months, to leave all that behind and pay money to go outside in the freezing cold, wind and rain to watch a game. And not only that, but convince people who don't currently watch Rugby League that they should do too. You can't just assume that because you don't mind freezing to death, others won't mind either. If there was such a great demand for winter rugby, we wouldn't have half the problems we do shifting tickets for internationals in November.