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by WestDr
Wed May 18, 2022 4:29 pm
Forum: Provincial an' aither teams
Topic: Heineken Cup 2021/22 Other Sides
Replies: 179
Views: 9813

Re: Heineken Cup 2021/22 Other Sides

Thank you Cormac and D4 for the thoughtful posts (Dave, you're absolutely right - neither were from you. My apologies). Picking up a couple of the main points made: 1. It's hard to class a €2m subsidy to the wage bill of a club as ' a red herring '. It allows that team to retain the services of 6 pl...
by WestDr
Mon May 16, 2022 6:31 pm
Forum: Provincial an' aither teams
Topic: Heineken Cup 2021/22 Other Sides
Replies: 179
Views: 9813

Re: Heineken Cup 2021/22 Other Sides

There are nowhere near as many central contracts as you might think there are. Porter, for example, is only just moving on to one from next season, replacing Healy, who's downgrading to a provincial contract. Furlong, Ryan, Sexton, Henshaw and Ringrose on central deals too. All of Doris, vd Flier, ...
by WestDr
Mon May 16, 2022 1:35 pm
Forum: Provincial an' aither teams
Topic: Heineken Cup 2021/22 Other Sides
Replies: 179
Views: 9813

Re: Heineken Cup 2021/22 Other Sides

I appreciate that it is difficult for fans of the other provincial teams to endure our dominance and I would like more competition too. But it was superb rugby yesterday from both sides. Our speed of pass and recycling is something to behold. d4, if 13 from 15 are full and regular starting internat...
by WestDr
Fri May 13, 2022 6:13 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Ulster v Sharks Friday May 20th 7:35pm BBC2NI / TG4 / Premier Sports 1 / URC TV / Super Sport
Replies: 75
Views: 5381

Re: Ulster v Sharks Friday May 20th 7:35pm BBC2NI / TG4 / Premier Sports 1 / URC TV / Super Sport

That include the park n ride from Pirrie Park? Unless UR hire replacements from Belfast Bus, I would think it does, and also scuppers the Montgomery Road P&R too. But that's not an insurmountable walk. You may already be aware of this, but most of the time we used Pirrie Park P&R, we'd aim ...
by WestDr
Fri May 13, 2022 3:12 pm
Forum: The Back Room 'Lock In'
Topic: Vote early, vote often.
Replies: 163
Views: 5768

Re: Vote early, vote often.

BR, thank you for the informative response to the question. So, if it is the case that those who put 1 against Donaldson because their primary reason was to support the DUP's view that Stormont should not function until the Protocol is 'resolved' (however so defined), which does have a logic, then d...
by WestDr
Thu May 12, 2022 9:48 pm
Forum: The Back Room 'Lock In'
Topic: Vote early, vote often.
Replies: 163
Views: 5768

Re: Vote early, vote often.

So Brenda Hale, who was an MLA in Lagan Valley and lost her seat in 2017 did not want to be a part of this outstandingly cynical manoeuvre ? Perhaps due to the fact that she is the prospective DUP candidate for the Parliamentary seat when/should His Donaldson ever decide to grace Stormont with his l...
by WestDr
Thu May 12, 2022 10:06 am
Forum: The Back Room 'Lock In'
Topic: Vote early, vote often.
Replies: 163
Views: 5768

Re: Vote early, vote often.

Is Mervyn related to Edwin? :roll: My mistake - in my fevered state I was clearly getting E Poots mixed up with M Storey (another sad reduction in the DUP's scientific expertise). Thank you for spotting it. I will definitely learn the lessons, take the positives, be more clinical, look for the marg...
by WestDr
Wed May 11, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: The Back Room 'Lock In'
Topic: Vote early, vote often.
Replies: 163
Views: 5768

Re: Vote early, vote often.

Mmm, knew I should have put that carriage return mid-way through that last paragraph.... Didn't think there might be some who think I would be holding the DUP responsible for the actions of Vladimir Putin too..... That's a step too far even for them. As for your last question, perfectly fine, bar a ...
by WestDr
Wed May 11, 2022 3:16 pm
Forum: The Back Room 'Lock In'
Topic: Vote early, vote often.
Replies: 163
Views: 5768

Re: Vote early, vote often.

The protocol as it stands is a causing problems for NI and it’s businesses. There is no need to Undertake checks for goods from GB & that remain in NI. It is ridiculous…….both time consuming and expensive. It needs to be fixed and should be fixed. There are rumours that the Protocol as it stand...
by WestDr
Wed May 11, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: The Back Room 'Lock In'
Topic: Vote early, vote often.
Replies: 163
Views: 5768

Re: Vote early, vote often.

Not at all, BVee - I picked that out as it was an interesting question that had crossed my mind too and thought it worthy of a bit of further investigation. Just because you asked it doesn't make you either for it or against it (well, at least in my mind). The same point could be made around the two...
by WestDr
Tue May 10, 2022 5:52 pm
Forum: The Back Room 'Lock In'
Topic: Vote early, vote often.
Replies: 163
Views: 5768

Re: Vote early, vote often.

big mervyn wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 5:36 pm
I voted right down the list but because my No 1 stayed until the final count that's where it remained.
Thanks. I think I understand how that works (being somewhat new to this PR-STV thing).
by WestDr
Tue May 10, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: The Back Room 'Lock In'
Topic: Vote early, vote often.
Replies: 163
Views: 5768

Re: Vote early, vote often.

I think the current constituency based PR system is as good as you can get given that it favours local representation while going some way to accommodate smaller parties. The actual structures of government at Stormont DO need an overhaul though. My vote was one of those that counted for nathin lik...
by WestDr
Tue May 10, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Heineken Cup / Challenge Cup Dates 2022/23
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Heineken Cup / Challenge Cup Dates 2022/23

So then this will be aligned with the URC not having any matches during the Autumn Internationals and 6N, as was supposed to happen this season but COVID scuppered it ? Who'd be a Leinster 23rd to 42th ranked squad player then ?

Tbh, was hoping for another match for the 2022-23 season ticket....
by WestDr
Tue May 10, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Heineken Cup / Challenge Cup Dates 2022/23
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Heineken Cup / Challenge Cup Dates 2022/23

Any idea why they've not gone back to the groups of 4 format ?
by WestDr
Tue May 10, 2022 2:34 pm
Forum: The Back Room 'Lock In'
Topic: Vote early, vote often.
Replies: 163
Views: 5768

Re: Vote early, vote often.

A party with approximately double the number of first preferences of another party gets 17 times the number of seats. Proportional misrepresentation? Bobbievee, I've picked out this one part of your post as (IMO) it's worth looking at in a little more detail..... and particularly around the issue o...