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  1. You think it's funny. I think it's tragic. Says it all. Gaslight, obfuscate, sloganize, deflect, repeat. Yawn. As usual, you're talking about what you think you've read, rather than what was actually written which makes any point you've made invalid.
  2. With respect, I think you're mistaking what strength is Dave. What the government now has is breathing room. And clarity - an effective mandate for continuing Brexit. But that's not strength. Strength is having the levers at the negotiating table to push and pull on your counterpart, and the UK doesn't have those - the EU does. Alexander might think No Deal is a big lever, but, unsurprisingly, his lever isn't as big as he would like to think. The British electorate has zero impact on any deal. They are not in the room. They don't get a say on anything that happens now, until the next general election in 5 years, by which time, it's too late. So how are they the UK's strength? UK negotiators aren't going to ask the public for input, they will get whatever they can. I'm not sure what your definition of good deal is, but there is no better deal than the one that the UK currently has. Take out Regal's delicious "sovereignty", or whatever pseudo intellectual nonsense you want to call it, and it's a cold negotiation about regulations, laws, relationships, governance, frameworks. Brexit is an ideology, an idea, a dream - the language it is painted in is emotive, not rational. Let me tell everyone a little story. My brother in law worked for the NHS in patent law and emerging tech, and started an NHS part-owned company that develops new medical technologies. They currently have plans to sell in Europe and the US, but don't know how they can sell in the UK currently because they don't know who is going to be the regulator, or what the regulations will be. That's right, a British company that has spent British money on developing British products doesn't know how it will sell said products to benefit British people. It's Brexit in a microcosm. It will probably change, and work itself out, sort of somehow. But that's probably the rub now. Things will sort of somehow work themselves. What a way to live.
  3. Yeah, it all happened in a voter vacuum. Probably one of those nice, non-domicile Dyson ones I would imagine. The voters just decided democratically that they didn't like the undemocratic EU (where, entirely incidentally, you have elected representatives, and vetoes as a privileged state) and they would just rather be led by Alexander Johnson. Everything else that has happened was purely incidental. The EU have, from Day 1, been entirely clear eyed about the whole thing. To say they are are delusional is utterly, utterly astonishing. They may still not quite believe that the UK are continuing to drive off the cliff, expecting the brakes to be applied, even if at the last second, but they have been preparing for it to happen, because they act rationally, in collective self-interest. They don't imagine that No Deal would be sanctioned, because it's like declaring war on yourself. But if it is, they'll say - "OK, come back to the table when you're ready." The UK, in marked contrast, has lurched from one crisis to the next, with no fixed policy, no coherent strategy, no notion of what might happen next as ideology bumps into practical realities and spaffing billions up the wall in desperation for "No Deal Preparation" when it looks like it might be possibility. It is likely to get much worse in the next round. Watch for the next series of "compromises" that will occur - desperate attempts to chalk up the optical illusion of a 'win' that will instead cause lasting damage to the UK.
  4. He's only played 20 odd league games, so he clearly lacks experience, but he's also scored a few goals, which we've lacked in a midfielder for YEARS (I think Sage mentions it annually around May/June) and should grow with a full season under his belt. He's definitely worth it - he's a good age, with decent potential and it he continues to develop, a prospect to contribute now, and potentially sell in the future if the chance arises - plus it's quite exciting to hear of us looking to invest too! That said, we shouldn't get too excited and overcommit - we're still developing under Askey, and we're not at the stage where it would get us over the line for promotion for example.
  5. The Price of Football podcast is an interesting listen. It's got Kieran Maguire from Liverpool Uni on it, who specialises in football finance. The numbers in the Championship are staggering. Debts, wages, stadium 'sponsorships' and sales, FFP, I could go on. The EFL is self-regulated and needs serious reform or there will be many more Bury's. As an example - apparently, Derby paid Tom Ince's mum 700k per year to be a 'scout'...
  6. Who came to that conclusion? And on what basis?
  7. Fixed it for you: I'll tell you what we will get - everyone frightened for their lives, a morally bankrupted country, people eating rats out of pure desperation, terrorists running the machinery of government. And the little cherry on top - a load of whinging nationalists who are so caught up in their lies and conspiracies that they never ever learn from their mistakes, continue to blame everyone but themselves for their own problems and get mugged off by their own leaders. Bon appetit (and no apologies for the foreign language)
  8. That's a fair enough point, but perhaps a more important question is not necessarily what the specifics are to the extent that it should be obvious (if it is not) that a manifesto won't be implemented to the letter. (To my mind, that's where people screaming "Look how dangerous Corbyn is" are wrong - Labour simply wouldn't be able to implement everything they are proposing). The intent, where it exists, is perhaps a better gauge of what intentions are. The Tory manifesto appears to have been written in lipstick on napkin - "get $hit done". At least the Labour manifesto has a goal behind it to improve society, regardless if they propose going about it in the best way or not.
  9. I'm not sure I agree Barry - electoral malaise would likely just result in less people coming out to vote rather than voting to remain. In the main, most people would likely vote as they did previously. Some who voted remain would vote leave because of the fatigue to "get it done" (despite the situation that it would be years) Some who voted remain would vote leave "because of the way the EU has acted towards us" (see the red tops) Some who voted leave would vote remain because they realise that it's just a bad idea. Any re-run of the referendum would probably be closer than the last one.
  10. Geo, I'm not talking party politics, that's a framework that you are attaching because that's the way people try to make sense of what is happening. From what's occurred with splits, defections, etc in Parliament, that's not necessarily useful, it's only part of the picture. It's clear that the referendum was a farce. It's clearer still that since then, things have become increasingly more farcical. That's like saying the sky is blue. My point is that the system is working exactly as intended - providing forum for debate, for opposition, for nuance as there should be, yet there are hypocrites who claim, nay justify, leaving the EU on the basis that it prevents the UK from being "independent", from being able to do exactly what it is currently doing. Based on the last 3 years, do you think Britain will thrive as an 'independent' (lol) country? Have our leaders demonstrated themselves to be pantheons of wisdom, innovation, strategy? Have people reached out to understand beyond their own narrow worldviews, or tried to increase their knowledge of how things work? This thread is a microcosm of the entire tawdry spectacle. Any crisis is not the cause of politicians inaction, but the symptom of a truly dreadful idea in the first place. You only have to look at the people that champion it to think - is this really a good idea? Jacob Rees-Mogg, Mark Francois, Andrea Jenkyns, Ian Duncan Smith, John Redwood, Steve Baker, Owen Paterson, Andrew Bridgen, Kate Hoey, Julie Hartley Brewer, Nigel Farage, Arron Banks, Timothy Martin. Shall I go on? Do these sound like the kind of people that the UK should be thinking - do you know what, those guys know what's best for us?
  11. It's not a backstop any more - it's a front stop. One that creates a customs border between mainland Britain and NI, when Alexander de Pfeffel himself said (to the DUP conference in 2018) "No British Conservative government could or should sign up" to regulatory checks and customs controls on the Irish Sea, adding that to do so would be “damaging [to] the fabric of the Union.” : https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/politics/watch-boris-johnson-tell-the-dup-in-2018-he-would-never-put-border-in-the-irish-sea-today-he-put-a-border-in-the-irish-sea-1-9110754 But it's what people wanted, right? It's a 'fair, balanced deal' according to the dear leader... It's what they voted for, which they knew was what they voted for. It's democracy.
  12. Except that's utter, utter bollock$ isn't it? I don't really understand what people who voted Leave are complaining about? Everything that has happened since the referendum in 2016 has been in the pursuit of Brexit. You got exactly what you asked for. There was a small mandate for Leave at the time, it would arguably be smaller, if not reversed if run again now, and Parliament has spent 3+ years talking about how to achieve it. The next 10 years will be spent trying to work out how to implement it. The next 25 years are going to be spent wondering why we shot ourselves in both feet and both knees in doing something that will irreparably harm the country. If a party wins an election, does the opposition then cheerlead them for the next 5 years supporting their government? Of course not; this mythical, mystical democracy and control that is fairly frequently re-invoked involves, debate, argument, nuance, opposition. Parliament is doing exactly what Leavers are demanding that they were not able to do under the EU. And when people look at the cold, hard facts of reality and substance, rather than the warming tingle of rhetoric (which, let's not forget, is 90+% of Brexiterism), they think - actually, it's not a good idea. When the facts change, you change your mind, or something like that. If this was any other policy that was in a manifesto, would anyone be screaming TRAITORS, SABOTEURS if a party either opposed it, or did a reverse ferret? Of course not. MP's are doing the job you asked them to do - the fact that the Tories have been doing such an inept job should be taking ALL of the criticism, rather than people who oppose it. And if you don't like what your own MP is doing, vote for a different one; that's democracy - every few years, you get to change your mind.
  13. Let me understand - what you are saying is that your evidence to back up your viewpoint is that if things were completely different, and the most dominant issue for a generation didn't exist, you think said viewpoint would be borne out...? Is it just possible that Jeremy Corbyn is both a decent enough guy with some good ideas on ways to improve people's lot in life; and also the wrong guy at completely the wrong time to try and implement them? Politics is all about time and place. Had the referendum gone the other way you might be looking at a Labour government. But you're not, and it will be impossible to try and tackle the shambles of Brexit and austerity at the same time. If Brexit goes ahead, the Tories will be in for another 5 years, and Britain is going to be in a bad place. Any deal will not likely be agreed by the end of the next parliament at least. Even if Labour somehow get in, they've got Bob hope of implementing anything that they want to because the economy is going to be in such a state. He is clearly not the right person to be leading the Labour party forwards. I don't know who is.
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