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Divided opinions - should England have had that penalty v Netherlands?
at 19:22 12 Jul 2024

Just more VAR nonsense. Never a pen in a million years.

VAR is so bad it's just boring to talk about it now.

And what's worse is that it just keeps going. It was obvious is was sh!t years ago, but here it still is.

This and other things are sucking football dry.
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Biden introduces Ukraine President as Putin
at 19:18 12 Jul 2024

Neither Biden nor Harris will be the Democratic contender.
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Who are you voting for?
at 13:06 20 Jun 2024

These current tales of election date ‚insider‘ betting are a case in point. The greedy f*ckers just can’t help themselves.
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Who are you voting for?
at 22:35 19 Jun 2024

I was going to vote for them but putting leaflets through doors is far too sensible.

Sell outs.
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Who are you voting for?
at 21:40 18 Jun 2024

No, I absolutely get the demographic issue and the strain that this level of net immigration puts on the country's infrastructure.

I'm less concerned about the 'cultural' issue, as I welcome the influence of other cultures and nationalities. But I get that that's just me, and that many others feel differently about this and seem to fear a 'dilution' of 'British' values, and that's fair enough.

I think probably the error of the past was in not making sure that the economic growth which the immigration from particularly the EU fed, was matched by increased housing stock and other infrastructure. Resentment at new arrivers taking scarse resources is natural.
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Some Tragic News About SFC_Referee
at 21:29 18 Jun 2024

It is fragile.

Has reminded me to be grateful for every day and to try to live each one as if it were the last.
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Who are you voting for?
at 13:16 18 Jun 2024

The personal allowances point is really interesting. It was doubled from about £5/6K to £10/12K under the coalition govt of 2010, and my guess is that this was due to the influence of the Lib Dems at that time. It's a really simple and progressive move as it immediately lifts the poorest out of tax (and the other bands can be adjusted so that the very well off don't benefit from it).

But the trend in recent years has been to freeze it and this just has the opposite effect.

If, as is possible, Labout get a 200 hundred seat+ majority, they are going to get at least two, possibly 3 terms and will have a chance to change things radically in favour of working people and the NHS.
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Who are you voting for?
at 11:14 18 Jun 2024

I see Reform as a one issue party - immigration.

I don't really take much notice of their other policies, or take them too seriously and I don't think that they do either.

Actually, I don't take too much notice of manifestos full stop. Once a party has a majority is does whatever it wants anyway. Noone voted for Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak's policies in 2019.
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Who are you voting for?
at 11:09 18 Jun 2024

I was thinking more about the short term.

How things were in the 70s, 80s and 90s doesn't help us now when we've had years of relying on immigrant labour to do certain jobs. It'll take time to shift the dial in the way you would want and I think that's been the Tory Party's problem post-Brexit - the need to those jobs filled in the short term.

And the other point is that you are right about the wages. But if the wages go up then so too do the costs for the employer and the customer. There is already a cost of living crisis, so assuming that the economy can simply absorb higher wages is fine in the long term but in the short term, that also creates its own problems.
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Some Tragic News About SFC_Referee
at 15:05 17 Jun 2024

Awful news. He was always an articulate and thoughtful poster. Sincere condolences to his family.
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Who are you voting for?
at 11:51 17 Jun 2024

How do you think that Reform will help small businesses?
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Who are you voting for?
at 11:50 17 Jun 2024

The counter argument is that, the legal immigration has been to do jobs that wouldn't otherwise have been done.

Would you just shut the door and live with the labour shortages? Those would also cause chaos - at least in the short term.

Serious question - genuinely interested to know the alternative view to mine.
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Who are you voting for?
at 08:48 17 Jun 2024

Lots of Reform voters.

What exactly is the appeal?
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General Election
at 13:56 15 Jun 2024

Country needs a reboot.

Farage/reform are old news and have basically one policy - stop immigration.

The conservative have splashed a 90 seat majority up the wall, and in the process have pretty much destroyed themselves with infighting and a general lack of seriousness in their choice of leaders and ministers, and have taken the rest of us down with them. They're clowns,
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General Election
at 13:52 15 Jun 2024

Country needs a reboot.

Farage/reform are old news and have basically one policy - stop immigration.

The conservative have splashed a 90 seat majority up the wall, and in the process have pretty much destroyed themselves with infighting and a general lack of seriousness in their choice of leaders and ministers, and have taken the rest of us down with them. They're clowns,
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Eddie Howe
at 13:46 15 Jun 2024

The FA lack ambition in their choice of managers.

I'm bored of Southgate and will be pleasantly surprised if we win these Euros.

I'm bored of Howe already.
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VAR
at 16:45 12 Jun 2024

Don't know what the objection is to an independent timekeeper.

Lot's of drama in rugby and basketball where the fans can see exactly how long to do go.

It would also help my tinnitus to be rid of all that whistling at the end.
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VAR
at 10:50 10 Jun 2024

Hey Jelly

Something we agree on.

Whatever benefits VAR is meant to bring (and in my opinion they are few), the enjoyment and spectacle of every single game that VAR is involved is ruined.

It's just not worth it.

It's a failed system. In any other industry it would have been 'grounded' years ago until the problems were fixed.

But football doesn't work like that. Too many contracts and vested interests, for the authorities to give a sh!t that it ruins games.

But, yes, well done Wolves for having a go.
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Yesterday Mr Sunak brought our club into disrepute by his association with us.
at 16:07 7 Jun 2024

If he left before it finished would you feel differently?
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Yesterday Mr Sunak brought our club into disrepute by his association with us.
at 13:19 7 Jun 2024

I detect the influence of Nathan Jones in some of Sunak's decision making.
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