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  1. I don't know what form of legislature that is referring to, but the Minnesota Senate is currently led by Republicans, and has been from 2010-12 and 2016-present (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Senate) Norm Coleman, a former Democrat turned Republican, won election to the Senate from 03-09 standing as a Republican. From 1978 to 1991, Minnesota sent two Republicans to the Senate; David Durenberger and Rudy Boschwitz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_senators_from_Minnesota). The House is currently Democrat, but Republicans held a majority from 1998-2006, 2010-12, 2014-18. No idea what stat you've posted there but it might need a bit more thinking. You're way off. Anyways, its a separate issue, just wanted to pick up on the blatant incorrect claims. Have you mixed up Minneapolis with Minnesota? To say that Minnesota has been a Democratic state for decades is blatantly false. I in no way correlated America being third world and Donald Trump being the cause of the issues, or in any way blamed his votes for the issues. The issues are there for various historic reasons; Trump is a bad politician. Trying to claim I'd intertwined the two is a mis-reading.
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    Ah, so being unelected means you're no longer accountable to the people? Even if you heavily advise the crafting of legislation/advise the Prime Minister? I'm sure you had no qualms with that old Union of European Countries then. The hypocrisy.
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    Would seem Cummings gave a press conference, told his story, and without independent review the people he works for, who have a vested interest in keeping him out of criticism, have accepted it and told people to move on. I too hope if I ever get accused of anything I can just claim what I did was legal, despite some doubts from police forces and a good part of the general populace, and my company will declare me innocent with no external review. Sounds very fair and good for democracy. Comes back to my analogy previously on me getting accused of wrongdoing at work; RB was correct to say I'd have the right to defend myself if I thought I had done no wrong, but that doesn't mean whatever questionable story I used to excuse myself would have to be accepted blindly by my employers, which is the case here.
  4. Where did I mention people 'deserving' crime, violence, and inequality? I just stated it existed at levels of a third world country. If Trump wins re-election, after the last 4 years, then the people who voted for him deserve his leadership, which is clearly not good leadership. I have no idea what the relevance of states being Democratic is - Minnesota was represented in the Senate by a Republican up from 2003-2009, and by Republicans entirely from 78-91, so the 'largely democratic state for decades' comment is either ill-informed/a lie.
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    Its about the fact he serves as the PM's senior advisor. Nothing to do with him as a bloke. Can't believe I'm still having to repeat this. He was part of the government that created and enforced lockdown, and then broke it with his drive to Barnard Castle. Therefore, his position as an advisor to the government should come into question. I don't have to repeat myself to a class of unruly Year 7s as much as I do to you.
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    Cummings is senior adviser to the PM. He helped craft the lockdown and its dissemination. Comparing this to some no-mark Labour MP is desperate whataboutery, and you know it. How are you still struggling with this concept mate? It seems Cummings will survive, with his reputation knocked. I literally don't care, I just want a degree of meritocracy about this.
  7. Lincoln the first L1 club to issue a retained list; will update the spreadsheet today, though have seperate categories for L1 players. Suggests to me that Lincoln know they won't need to continue the season, and it'll be finished on PPG with playoffs and relegation, much to the ire of Peterborough.
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    Let's forget Cummings! Whatabout the media? Whatabout the witness? Whatabout Duffield? Whatabout Starmer?
  9. Killer Mike is the best. Really intelligent, excellent rapper. 100x more eloquent than his President.
  10. The entire tragic affair in Minneapolis, along with its subsequent response and exhausting familiarity, only reinforces my view that America is largely a third-world country with rich enclaves on each coast. High levels of violent crime, police violence against minorities, widespread gun ownership, rampant inequality; all characteristics of developing countries, not the self-professed leader of the free world. Donald will most likely win another 4 years. People get the politicians they deserve.
  11. Both good players them. Still got all the League 1 retained lists to come out, probably within the next fortnight when they vote to end their season.
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    Coming from you, this is the most laughable comment in this site's history. Pleasure.
  13. Montano is a left back. Keep him there. Another winger, to challenge the existing three is needed, and another left back is needed to challenge Monty. This may be Campbell-Gordon if they feel he's ready; Smith and Gibbons came from nowhere during pre-seasons to feature. The fact that RCG got a 2 year deal last summer is indicative of the esteem he's held in. If not, get him out to the National League and bring in a more steady fullback to complement Monty's bucanneering, baffling brilliance. Crooks can slide over to his more natural centre back (where I think he'll be OK), to serve as backup with Brisley and as a developmental player with the next couple of years in mind. Hopefully fans don't write him off after some slightly sub-par performances at left back. If Smith goes, see if George Taft/Will Boyle fancy a steady role next to Leon Legge and in front of Scott Brown. In addition, right back competition for Gibbo, a back-up keeper, and a mobile forward to give us the choice of Pope, Cullen, and New Signing, with a young lad from the Category 1 Academies/non-league willing to be 4th choice and a padawan to the esteemed Jedi Masters Pope and Cullen (like what we were hoping Archer would be). Easy, this.
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    Would seem Cummings will survive this issue, though his name will be tarnished long-term. I imagine he'll operate with a much lower profile moving forward.
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    Cummings knows he breached lockdown with his trip to Barnard Castle. Hence, his ridiculous lie where he 'drove 30 miles, on his wife's birthday, to a local beauty spot, with his child in the back, to test his eyes' (which is also a breach of DVLA regulations). Its a blatant lie mate, and if you've believed it then your biases towards defending the bloke are hindering your critical faculties. I could very well turn up to a hearing with SLT, and come up with a similarly farcical lie, in which case an independent body would probably be brought in, look at the accusations and the defence, and conclude I'm talking rubbish. If you wish to believe that Dominic Cummings, architect of Brexit and a massive general election, with a first from Oxford, perhaps the most impactful British political figure of the last decade, genuinely decided to test his questionable eyesight with a 30 mile drive with his wife and kid, then there's not much we can discuss here. He's lying to you.
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    I'm personally really looking forward to ticking off "I'm sick of hearing about this issue which damages my own political convictions and/or biases, its time to shut up and move on!" Sat here eagerly with my bingo card; I've already got 'leftie hate mob', 'scum press', and 'political point-scoring'. I'm having a blinder!
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    Its a strange side-argument. Very few want/expect Cummings arrested. I think, in the meritocratic society we profess to be a part of, if a man who advises lockdown then breaches it, then he should no longer advise lockdown, or the government on decisions of similar magnitude. In my line of work, in education, if I advised SLT on a policy of discipline for staff members, and then was found to have breached this policy myself, I would rightly lost my privilige to advise, and probably not be listened to on such issues for the forseeable. I can't see why the above doesn't apply here, unless Cummings, unelected, has such an important role to play in this government that he's become indispensable. In that case, I'm sure some of our more vocal opponets to unelected decision-makers will be up in arms!
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    I never expected him to be charged or prosecuted by the police, in the same way I wouldn't expect you, I, or any civilian to be prosecuted for a minor breach of lockdown. Police have more important stuff to do. However, if you, I, or any civilian did commit a minor breach of lockdown, after spending weeks advising a government who explicitly warned people AGAINST breachings of lockdown, however minor, then I would expect you, I, or any civilian to lose that position of influence. I don't really care that much about Cummings; he's an odd fellow, definitely interesting. However, in my view his position is largely untenable after this saga. If the government are that keen to keep him close, with the inevitable jibes and connotations that brings, go for it, I'm not that fussed. They're shooting themselves in the foot. It seems now that your initial argument, that we were all being very silly in focusing on the Barnard Castle trip, and having a right old chortle about our foolishness, appears to have gone missing. Do you now concede that there was good justification for focusing so intently on that episode; in the fact that it was a unneeded trip, breaking lockdown, which he then lied about, making a laughable excuse about "testing his eyes by driving 30 miles to a beauty spot with my child in the back on my wife's birthday?" All this occuring as he advised, and enjoyed 'unprecendeted levels of access' to the PM that was enforcing said lockdown.
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    Vindication. As Regal Beagle claimed we were zoning in on an irrelevant little tidbit, devoid of a real argument, when we all lambasted the 'I was testing my eyes by driving' lie, it is now apparent that that trip was probably a breach of lockdown, according to Durham Police (that famous lefty hate mob!) As a senior government advisor, with unparallaled levels of access to the PM who introduced said lockdown, he shouldn't still be in his position if this is the case. With the FT article that we have the highest excess deaths per capita of any country with reliable data, and now this, it appears the 'ignore the facts, this is what I feel' approach of Beagle for the last few weeks is falling apart at the seams, unless he fancies portraying empirical data, the Financial Times, and Durham Police as some form of conspiratorial, left-wing hate mob.
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    Exactly, the line of 'did they die with COVID or of COVID' is redundant here, as this just looks at how many deaths this country usually has during a set amount of time for a 5 year average, and compares it with what we've seen since 20th March. There simply has to be an independent inquiry into this. I agree, there was no devious, malicious plot, but certainly politicians way out of their depth, narrowing in on flawed advice on the basis that 'the experts' would be right.
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    The UK now has the worst excess deaths per million of any country with reliable data (19 countries) since 20th March - by excess deaths, it means how many more deaths than usual we have had during this time, compared to the 5 year average. This data was "compiled from national statistical agencies for 19 countries for which sufficient information exists to make robust comparisons. The figures include all of the European countries hit hard by coronavirus. The periods for comparison are from when death rates in individual countries climbed above five-year averages." https://www.ft.com/content/6b4c784e-c259-4ca4-9a82-648ffde71bf0 Those will bleat 'population density' - Hong Kong, the 5th most densely populated territory on the planet with a population of 8 million, has 4 deaths. There is really no excuse. Interestingly, there is a very postive correlation between the number of infections when lockdown was introduced and the total number of excess deaths; the lower the number of infections on the day of lockdown (implying an earlier lockdown), the lower the number of excess deaths. As you will see, were one of the last countries, in terms of how progressed the pandemic had gone, to lockdown: I genuinely want to see this challenged by the usual suspects. We have empirical evidence here that we have suffered a worse excess death rate than any other European country, and most countries impacted by the virus. We locked down later than most, and we now have evidence to suggest locking down earlier was more successful. I'm sure some will obfuscate and confuse with re-directionary arguments, strawmen, repeated slogans, pedantry, whataboutery, sucking everybody in to a confusing argument that changes topic every time they realise their point is a load of rubbish, so I'll save them the time. Focus please on the above data, and tell me whether you think it is an indictment that the current administration have made grave mistakes in their decision-making during this process.
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    I really hope Dom sees this, Regal.
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    No, because they didn't help craft and disseminate the advice. People are obviously more likely to flout guidelines if the person who is seen as at least partly responsible for creating the guidelines is flouting them himself.
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    Anyone comparing Kinnock to Cummings is being obtuse. Both deserve reprimanding for breaking lockdown, like any of us would. Difference being that Cummings directly advised, and probably had a prominent say in the manner in which lockdown was enforced and disseminated. As a consequence, he should tender his resignation for that position, as if he's unwilling to follow the rules he's helped to enact, he's lost the trust of the people for future decisions he may advise/help enact. Don't think its that difficult to follow, really. Kinnock was stupid and deserves castigation but he had no involvement in the creation of the advice he's then broken. Massive difference.
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