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  1. The technology has been developed immeasurably and performance and range have surged because of working on it. It is clear that car companies are changing their focus at a greater pace all the time so i think you are a tad behind the times with that mantra. there would be a political will to develop Fusion ....and improve Nuclear power generally....if it hadn't been scuppered by half baked green ideals.
  2. It did have more than a tad to do with Labour .....and the note they left in the Treasury on the day the Tories took over 'There is no money'. The Eu is also to blame of course. Austerity isn't a Tory policy so much as an EU one imposed on member states to shore up the Euro (even though we are not in the Eurozone we have to help shore it up) and the failing economies that abound within it. Greece, Spain, Italy, France all have huge levels of unemployment...especially among the young....and high taxes.And zero hours contracts and low incomes and foodbanks and homelessness. Its a socialist country but the economy is crippled because of the EU controls on it (when I discussed this with my local Mayor he said 'why do you think Brussels wants you to stay? To help Germany pay the bills!)
  3. I would have thought it was as plain as a pikestaff by now that the labour party turned its back on the working class heartlands a long while ago. There is ample evidence to back this up. The new liberal elite lefties they want to woo are not the under thirties from Stoke on Trent....especially poor and unemployed ones. Nope its middle-class socialists they are after, who they are appealing to. And students with their heads stuffed with liberal globalist propaganda instead of a proper education. I know this because I have spent much time working in the education education education (if that sounds like brainwashing its because it is) industry encouraged by Tony Blair. The Labour Party of today, together with it's media supporters like Owen Jones and Paul Mason, openly despise the working class. Especially the white working class. Corbynite Mason is on record as saying that Labour should ignore those he cruelly caricatured as the 'ex-miner sitting in the pub calling migrants cockroaches' and that the northern working class were a lost cause.Most of the people surrounding Labour now have never done a days proper work in their lives. they simply have no more understanding of working class issues than a Tory....sometimes less. Heck, most of the new lot probably went to the same schools and unis as the opponents they label 'toffs'. The reason Labour lost is quite straight-forward and would (should) take more than a new user-friendly image to fix. They abandoned their old voters and didn't care about their opinions. They took the votes from places like Stoke for granted and didn't try because they felt they would simply carry on like sheep. Then when they realised they may need them again they bussed in some boots on the ground to finesse the natives. Too little too late. Up in Blyth valley another old labour stronghold fell. Because the veteran Labour MP, Campbell stood down. why? because he felt bound to uphold the wishes of his constituents and wouldn't vote to delay Brexit. He was a committed socialist of the genuine sort and a veteran of the Miner's Strike. Yet he was branded a 'Scab' by a luvvie privately educated Oxford graduate journalist for the Guardian. Voting over and over for the same people, irrespective of how well they represent you, is not a good move.Its like staying with the same bank , insurance or internet provider for years. You get taken for granted and the best deals go to new customers.Voting Tory, breaking the habit pf voting red whatever, is extremely sensible. It means that they will have to try harder to get your votes back. They need to try harder too. They deserves to lose.
  4. Probably more like USSR left. It is clear to many people that McDonnell who is the puppet master behind this and his ideas looked scary back in the 70's. (He probably still has a Che poster on his wall) To me he is much more off-putting than his hapless front man. Corbyn has never looked comfortable as leader. I suppose he comes across as someone who had it thrust upon him which, in a way, it was. Momentum stick in throats because they seem to be in bed with any anti-establishment organisation they can align themselves to. It was sent up years ago in Citizen Smith. They simply come over as hating their own country. Socialism doesn't have to be unpatriotic...though that seems to be what has developed in Labour. In the country I live now patriotism and socialism are completely compatible. This cosying up to Hamas and the IRA and whoever else has to be eradicated from the labour hierachy or it will never be electable again. They will end up sitting on their own like The Popular People's Front of Judea.
  5. The whole preference for a woman thing that has surfaced since yesterday is redolent of the identity politics that left /liberal parties (the Democrats in the USA for example) seem so focused on. Despite it ultimately being divisive and a massive turn off for many voters. The message seems to be...'Get a woman, a woman of colour, a woman of colour who is gay/trans/ whatever, a woman of colour who is trans and disabled.....' Tick as many of those boxes as possible and hoover up the womens/ ethnic minority/gay etc votes. All those groups and bingo you have yourself a majority. It is a failed idea. I can't understand why labour are restricting their candidates for leadership to some kind of quota....They seem to be saying 'It's time we had a woman as leader because the other parties have/had women as leaders (with mixed results!)' When actually its the wrong way around...They should pick the best possible leader regardless of gender/colour etc and IF that person is a woman THEN it will be the time for a woman as leader. It is silly what they are doing. But further proof, if it were needed, that thinking and the current bunch who run the show are completely useless. I do not vote labour....but I do feel it is important for our country that we have a viable choice. With Corbyn and his cronies that hasn't been the case. Labour needs to get it's act together. stop the momentum codswallop and appeal once again to a broad church of working people.
  6. A lot of this 'debate' isn't a debate at all...its just a new religion and anyone who disagrees is denounced as mad or a heretic. Any scientist who doesn't conform is hounded out and loses their position. I can name examples and its disgraceful. So...quelle surprise....many scientists sing from the same hymn sheet. especially if they get to enjoy a good salary. and are promised funding. Hardly a shock. Ultimately science doesn't work by claiming something is true and then finding the evidence to suit that agenda. That is politics,, not science, And that is what has bugged me consistently about the whole issue. Lots of past statistics being modified to tell a story. Not good. Paul is quite correct about Mickey Mouse. Much was made in the media of a so-called report by 'thousands of scientists.'...but on close inspection it was nothing but a petition signed by anyone with an internet connection who was worried about climate change, It turns out many of the names were fake...including mickey mouse and others. When governments are trying to scare the public (and they have all done it from the dawn of time) I always ask myself why? Usually to make the people more accepting of otherwise unpalatable policies. Often to firm up control. And always at the bottom of it, there is money to be made.
  7. They said that about electric cars. Where there is a will there is a way.
  8. It would be a Neverendum.. Otherwise known as that 'once in a lifetime thing' ...as long as it goes the SNP way, that is. Interstingly, for me anyway, was the fact that their last vote was the first time a country had been offered a chance to vote for independence and had voted it down. Besides, I think the SNP have been deliberately conflating two different things from two very different referenda. The fact is there are too many MP's representing Scotland. Per head of the vote they end up over-represented by quite a way. One and a half million voters end up with 40-odd MP's which is well over the odds. As such, majorities in their constituencies turn on very small margins of a few hundred people. Of course, the media will do what it can to put focus on this problem of Indyref2 ....most of them looked as if they had acute indigestion last night from having to swallow the Tory victory so they find this distracts them. Coming up soon is the Salmond trial. It won't do a lot for the image of the party. Especially if, as suspected, the SNP did a 'Vatican' and actively hushed it up. A lot of dirty linen will be washed in public. As for Indy itself.....I can't see the EU welcoming them with open arms. They may have postured about it when it looked like Brexit may not happen. Now that it certainly will then Scotland becomes more of a problem than an asset. (Ditto Ireland) I can't see Spain and other EU countries with a similar issue (e.g. Catalonia) wanting to have that kind of example. It would cause a lot of trouble. (I think the Scots get a bit centric about their own importance where the EU is concerned) they voted to stay in the UK. Then the UK voted to leave the EU. If they want another vote on staying with the UK that is Ok...as long as they also accept that the rest of the UK can have a vote on whether we want them to stay.
  9. We became expats for a wide variety of reasons...not all ideal but there it is. We didn't vote in the referendum because we were living here and it was, in our view, for the people living in the UK to decide and therefore wrong for us to have a say. Despite the result, and that of this general election, causing us potential difficulties (which has been very stressful because no-one has known what to do with all the uncertainty) we still feel that the most important thing is for Democracy to prevail and the will of the people to be enacted, not fudged. My dad would have expected no less of me as he and mum sacrificed a great deal to protect it. A few difficulties is the least I can put up with. heaven knows how it will turn out. We will probably have to sell our home, We miss England. I miss a wreath on my parent's grave at christmas, we miss seeing our relatives. We miss the Vale. Choices are never straightforward they have to be pragmatic. Ir was a pragmatic decision as much as anything to move abroad....it wasn't a dream or a whim in our case. We are not retired and we have to work for a living. We paid into the UK for decades and we now pay in here. So we will probably come back to the UK. If we can. When we can. It will always be my home. Thank you for asking.
  10. the power hunger is with the quango in Brussels. And hardly surprisingly the EU is not remotely 'balanced' ...the axis between North-Eastern France through the Benelux countries into Germany is where the power and money resides and everything else comes second. Someone from Benelux will love the Eu because it has given them more economic power than they would have had on their own, obviously. However the EU is anything but a superpower in any respect. Its share of the world economy continues to fall year on year. What it has most definitely created is huge geographic inequality within countries.That is the main issue in the country I live in....and it is mirrored in conversations I have with people living elsewhere in the EU. I think it is a bit rich saying that our PM is power-hungry and can do whatever he wants...when the likes of Tusk (who made a fortune tearing up thousands of social-housing tenancy agreements in Poland in order to feather the nests of himself and his buddies) get to wield power without let or hindrance and who pretty much decide amongst themselves who shall have the top jobs in the EU. I have to go....I have some neighbours coming round for a celebratory drink to toast another boot in the ribs of the bloated EU.
  11. Hmm. bobbins back at you. I live in the EU, not the UK. We run two businesses and pay tax there. We live amongst EU citizens who are sick to the back teeth with the EU but because they are tied to the Euro they know they have little chance of leaving the bloc. And if they did vote (yet again) to change the EU or reject a treaty it would (again) be ignored. Standards of living have plummeted in the last two decades, unemployment is sky high and people have no money. The EU is certainly NOT perfect. And it DOES NOT keep things on a level playing field. Anything but. We see rampant protectionism of goods and services here all the time, despite EU rules. (some countries are more equal than others in the EU of course.) It doesn't protect everyones interests. It protects the interests of a select band of people in metropolitan centres. The old industrial areas (like Stoke) and the people who live there have effectively been de-commissioned. And, where I live, this has lead to serious unrest. Not surprising as even professionals are struggling to live properly and taxes are scandalous by UK standards. Not much of this gets reported in the UK of course....unless it happens in a capital city it isn't important to the 'elites'.
  12. I don't think it is odd if one takes into account that people no longer believe the scare-mongering. I remember when the 'experts' were extolling the virtues of joining the Euro and were saying the plebs were backward and getting in the way of progress when hanging onto sterling.... Despite all the gloom-mongering actually it was NOT a disaster for the UK at all and in fact the Eurozone has serious challenges, not least in being shackled to austerity and having no flexibility in terms of quantative easement. So i think all the crying wolf has meant people no longer listen to the experts.
  13. I'm a new member of OVF. You have replied haven't you. Has you view changed in the last 4 months?
  14. Not really. In many ways its about having courage to see beyond the bumpy bit in the road. Otherwise we'd all still be living at home with mum and dad. ( The EU is dreadful for young people. Employment for youngsters has crashed in many EU countries and they have zero prospects. So what i have found really 'crazy' is the trend of younger voters to vote remain. Thing is, a lot of people who talk a lot about the EU know virtually nothing about it, virtually nothing about life in another EU country beyond what MSM puts out and that is focused...surprise....on major metropolitan cities. They see the Eu when they are on holiday spending freely and enjoying the sunshine. They never really see reality. It boggles my mind why anyone would want to support such a totally undemocratic organisation which has failed so many countries and is economically unsound. A very backward and introspective institution that refuses to move with the times and simply soaks up money and imposes tax upon tax to fund it all. I get truly sick of folk who are pro-remain spouting the view that anyone who wants to leave is 'confused' or 'crazy'.
  15. I pulled out those lines because I felt they informed the rest. Papers all have axes to grind, It doesn't take a brains trust to work out every single one . mainstream media in general is very poor in delivering actual news and big on the sort of stuff in the link. Its no use saying things like: I would say there has been an increase recently. I suppose it depends on who you support and even where you sit in a stadium. All i know is that racial abuse is taken very seriously these days whereas it used to be deemed somehow acceptable. (Dreadful as it is) What is that based upon? How is it quantified? Or has it got more to do with the reporting? The political climate? I agree that Booing you players may not be a good idea. However, like everything else in life there are exceptions that prove the rule.
  16. I gave up on that when i got to the bit where he said that there was more racism etc in football now and it was all the fault of Brexit. Yet another 'expert' who has an agenda already and simply makes up, or selects 'facts' to fit, Anybody who has watched football for several decades will know that while there will always be a few knobs there is far less racism directed at footballers (in the UK. that is, certainly there is plenty in some corners of the EU) these days. Its the Guardian. I haven't seen many articles in the last few years that haven't blamed everything and anything on Brexit. I look at this article and its typical on that score, and its also typical in that an expert waffles on, makes moot points, offers opinions as facts and ends up saying nothing much of substance. Its the implication that footy fans are some base unthinking mob that comes through strongly. Its got the stench of that kind of 'elitist' attitude that is so fashionable (and annoying for many of us).
  17. Coates Jnr sounds amiable...in fact he reminds me forcibly of the pleasant but naive bloke in the pub who always falls for a scam. Every pub has at least one of those. Of course being successful at business isn't always handed down to offspring. Lots of businessmen who've grown a business have found that their heirs lack the bite needed...probably because life has been too easy.
  18. It's outrageous that Crewe should cite fixture backlog as a reason for being given 3 points gratis. The next few months will, almost inevitably, see a fixture backlog develop. It is an annual occurrence referred to as 'Winter'. It will effect lower league grounds more than most because they don't have fancy undersoil heating etc to combat it. So, come February we could see many clubs battling to catch up on fixtures. It would be seen as a preposterous skewing of the league if some of these clubs exit winter with a bigger backlog than Crewe, yet see that Crewe gained 3 free points for this.
  19. I don't think its Vale fans in particular. Its human nature....especially when people are in a group. (we only have to see social media to witness that kind of ganging up mentality.) It is a behaviour that has evolved I suppose....I don't think many of us have escaped either being drawn into a group of playground bullies, often it was a way of avoiding being their next target. I suppose some of us are better at fighting this impulse than others...but it is sadly true that it will never stop. A pro footballer just has to rise above it. It is a necessary skill of the job to be able to perform under pressure, where ever it comes from. Some players take longer to either have the lucky break that wins hearts and minds, or develop a thicker skin that lets them shrug it off. Being a successful sportsman is every bit as much about mental strength and attitude. Some really skillful players with great technical ability never make it simply becaise they lack the right mind-set. By and large the most successful people in any sport thrive on this kind of stick. Of course, as Vale fans its a good idea not to do the oppositions work for them and to ramp down the heckling especially with youngsters. You either trust the manager or you don't. The player doesn't pick himself and its disrespectful to the manager and his judgement if supporters don't...um...support his team selection.
  20. There was a chap on here who predicted we'd play a PL team who wear blue away from home. I am keen to know what further predictions manifest themselves in his crystal ball.
  21. I remember the stick Tankard got when he first played at Vale. I think some people were miffed because he had been the replacement for the popular Sulley at LB. Tanks was clearly a young player with talent on the ball, he just lacked confidence. He hadn't found it easy to settle....people forget that these are young men, away from family and familiar things, and they can find it hard. Anyway, he was getting uncalled for abuse at times and his confidence went down. Every time he got the ball he was nervous and would make mistakes he wouldn't otherwise make. It was as if the boo-boys liked that because it somehow proved them right! It is a spiral fans can get into if they are not careful....wanting their own player to do badly just to prove a point. Of course, away from home Tanks was always much more confident....but I daresay the boo-boys weren't there. I remember even Seth Bothomley added fuel as well. They seemed to prefer Stokes in that position ...because Stokes was more bustling and got tackles in more. (And thus ended up over-committed and on the ground while play went on around him) In the end a couple of people felt so strongly about it they wrote to the Sentinel page saying how uncalled and counter-productive this abuse was. Not long after Tanks got the last-minute winner against Huddersfield right smack in front of the Bycars (which was full in those days). Cracking volley it was too. It was amusing to see how swiftly people changed their tune and started singing his name. lol He ended up a firm favourite at Vale, or course. And a lot of fans are probably oblivious to the fact it could have turned out very differently and we would have lost out on a good player for us. We often forget that some players take a while to overcome nerves. Booing doesn't help of course! The manager may simply be hoping that the player he sees in training suddenly clicks and is able to show his true ability on matchdays.
  22. If you saw a screenshot of Cambell Jnr and no-one else then you didn't see the whole picture. Its just a couple of sjoke payers trying to sell their kit in the Black Friday Sale. What is wrong with that? (Other than the fact its a pointless exercise of course) I've been following this and to be honest its boggled my mind. Kevin Campbell was wound up foe this by a bloke who posted the screen cap and yelled Racist. It seems he has also implied that BF came about because of selling black slaves on that day. (A debunked urban myth). Of course, once someone has gone off the deepend all outraged they then find it impossible to climb down and instead keep digging.
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