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  1. There's also more than one establishment - there's the US corporate establishment and their puppet government, there's the old European money establishment and their influence on banking, there's the new money establishment of fund controllers and tech gurus, there's the international establishments of Putin's cronies and China's money, there's loads of different establishments and no real reason for them to agree on everything. In fact, you could define Brexit as a disagreement between a number of different establishments on the best way to milk the British people - it's not a people driven thing, it was always about different power groups wanting to move us in slightly different directions.
    9 points
  2. As we’re doing poo stories: on a lads’ holiday years ago to Spain years ago, I charmed a young lady in to coming back to my hotel room. After giving her the most feeble three minutes of her life, I fell asleep, but during the night I woke up needing the most thunderous poo imaginable. I ran to the toilet and the sound of me sh***ing was like a diesel tractor spluttering along a country lane and the tiling in the bathroom just increased the acoustics of it all. What made it worse was it wasn’t just the one bowel movement, it was several, and you could have sipped each with a spoon. It seems I’d actually caught some kind of stomach bug because I spent the next few hours going backward and forwards to the toilet with my companion lying no more than a few feet from the adjoining bathroom wall. After a while, my friend for the evening finally got out of bed, but she wanted me to walk her down to street level and into a cab. I was worried I wouldn’t make it and thought I might splatter the inside of my shorts in the lift. Fortunately I made it downstairs without an accident, but soon as she got in to a waiting cab, I closed the door and couldn’t stop myself from letting out a fart and splattering the whole of my under crackers. As she turned to wave goodbye, I stood red-faced on the side of the road, waving back, hoping she wouldn’t notice it dripping down my legs.
    7 points
  3. In another edition of Chindie's Commuting Tales... Leave the house a little late this morning as stomach was playing me up severely. I check the route and train schedule as normal, and discover the train I could comfortably get had been cancelled, meaning I needed to leave now and get my arse in gear (literally), fast. I jump in the car, pull off the drive like I'm at Monaco, and then get a remarkably smooth first leg of the journey. Every light, green. Every junction, clear. Every roundabout, empty. Like driving at 5am the morning after Thanos snapped his fingers. Great. Then I hit a section of road that usually flies by. 40, no worries. Except this morning, this morning, there's a Honda Civic. And it doesn't do 40. It does 30. And only 30. The language turns blue. I open the window in the hope he can hear the ire spewing forth from the man behind him in the 20 year old supermini. And he goes all the way to the station. The station carpark, at the time I travel, is never that busy. But today, there's a queue to get in. I glance at my watch. 3 minutes. It's maybe doable. But Honda Civic man also doesn't do parking quickly. He can't find his change to give the attendant. I'm eyeing the station manically as the Civic light goes on, as the irritating bastard leans over to get some change he's magically found. Finally, I can pay my way and park up. I've got the change ready, the window is open, I don't care about my change I just want the bloody ticket and the get parked and on the platform NOW. 'I couldn't, err... We were looking round the car park yesterday and we... Well we noticed...'. The parking attendant decides that today, at a train station, at the beginning of the commuter day, when there's just about to be a train pulling in, when I'm obviously a commuter, that now, is the time to let me know about the possibility of my car being broken into. He's a nice man but, I need to get on a train, so I nod and say yes and yes in that typical British way of trying to politely get someone to shut up because I'm obviously in a rush. He finishes, I grab my ticket, saying the car into a bay, grab my bag and coat and sprint to the platform, jumping a stupid fence and running up the entranceway. I hear the train pull in half way to the concourse. I don't have a ticket. I'm not in a state to miss this train. I sprint down the stairs. Doors still open. I sprint across the platform. Doors closing. I get to the train. Doors too tight. **** **** BOLLOCKS ... The doors open again. Thank ****. I jump on and thank the guy standing outside who seemed to have took pity on me. Joy of joys, there's even a seat. And it's the carriage with the loo. Thank ****. My stomach settles a bit. ... I did lock the car right? I mean... You must've, surely. You just do these things. Obviously you did. And even if you didn't nobody is going to nick your piece of shit. It isn't worth the hassle. But you did lock it obviously. Hopefully you did. What's the worst that can happen? You don't have a heap of shit to drive around anymore. It'll be fine. ... I really don't feel great. But I'm determined to make a point to myself. You're not using the train loo. It's there, but you're not using it. You're fine. A woman bustles past. She's going to use the loo. She's given in, but you won't. Hmm... She's not opened the door. Ah ****, either some clearing in the woods is sitting in the loo because they're a word removed or its bust. ****. ****. ****. The woman bustles past, crossing her legs and hurries off at the next station. Mindfulness, focus on the breath, you're nearly in New Street, you feel dodgy but you always feel dodgy. It's not long to the station. Focus on the breath, the podcast, whatever. ... I've never felt the relief of seeing the dingy crowded platform of New Street so much. And I think my car will still be there when I go home. Hopefully.
    7 points
  4. Because he has a bum knee, has scored 4 in 58 and is on £120k/w at palace.
    6 points
  5. Also see Simon Wren-Lewis here on the IFS work, making similar points to others: they don't do macro, and this is a weakness.
    6 points
  6. I don't believe that's all quite right, is it? Darren Grimes won his appeal against the fine given to him. Banks and Leave.EU were fined £70k by the Electoral Commission. They appealed against this and the fine was reduced to £50k in April (I can't see that anything further has happened, i.e. whether they could appeal again). The Met halted their criminal investigation due to insufficient evidence and the NCA's statement said the following: I don't think, in relation to Banks and Leave.EU, that constitutes 'were cleared in court of false allegations made by the commission'. Leave.EU and Banks's insurance company were also fined by the ICO in Feb of this year and though he 'announced' that they'd be appealing, I can't find any information as to whether they have or how that is progressing. Vote Leave (not mentioned in your post, I admit) dropped their appeal against their fine of £61k by the Electoral Commission.
    6 points
  7. The PM is saying there categorically have been no trade talks over the NHS. A govt Minister is saying there clearly have been. Corbyn produces a document that has already been made available. The take away from this is Corbyn should be in trouble for leaking state secrets? I bet the bastard did it to upset Israel. That's the bit we need to concentrate on, why hasn't he apologised?
    6 points
  8. Said it before. But smith getting promoted and performing an absolute miracle, has helped the memory of Bruce. Without that miracle we would be in the championship, watching Grealish, McGinn and Mings in another teams colours. God knows the state our squad would be in with regards FFP and I'd imagine we wouldn't be challenging. We'd then all be aware that Bruce had **** us big time by being in charge for 2 years and causing terrible long term damage But we got the right man, we performed a miracle and we are where we are. So looking back some see Bruce as not that bad, but for me he was an utter disaster.
    5 points
  9. Sorry to draw back to this post but think its valid. Postal Vote - the 2004 incident is correct. Actually 1 councillor was cleared on appeal Link on BAILII (legal website) for Judgment. The Judgment does acknowledge though the remainder of the decision was good and that it was clear election fraud was taking place. Tower Hamlets - I can see evidence from 2014 issues in relation to their mayoral (Tower Hamlet, not London - I don't know why either) elections, but the guy was no longer a member of the Labour Party (left 2010) and formed his own party. He actually stood against the Labour Party so not sure you can link this to Labour? You might be right that Labour Party have form of electoral fraud, but it isn't just the Labour Party, all parties have had some form one was or another. This Report about Postal voting and electoral fraud 2001-09 highlights issues with Conservatives, Labour, and Lib Dems. As an example, it points to a conviction in relation to postal vote fraud for Conservatives in May 2009: - I agree, there are further concerns with Labour Party, in particular in 2000s decade around Birmingham, but does that not point more to a local problem rather than an wider reaching issue? This is the link for Electoral Fraud summary from 2010 - 2017 (last incident in summary though is August 2016) just for completeness as well. This also shows concerns with Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, BNP , UKIP and even our very own Nigel Kennedy (!) of some electoral fraud. I haven't located any further reports since 2017, though if someone can find this I would be most grateful . The point I am making is this. Whilst you may be right that there is history of the Labour Party involved in dodgy practices and you can be suspicious of how they will act in the future, the same can be said of all of the major parties. You cannot simply single out the Labour Party for this, in particular when you use examples that are either 15 years out of date or doesn't actually involve the Labour Party.
    5 points
  10. I wonder how many single mother households he'd created when he wrote that.
    5 points
  11. here is some footage of Mane's training session to make sure they do not lose:
    5 points
  12. I would hope that this troubled man is dealt with in a just manner, ultimately it's child safety we're concerned with, right? Not parading trophies through the street.
    5 points
  13. I think Jack is a victim of stats only presenting a partial picture of what happens in the build up to a goal. Here are the most fouled players in the Premier League this season: Grealish 46 Zaha 39 McGinn 33 Maddison / McTominay 32 The amount of fouls he wins is not a coincidence: Teams actively try to foul him because he is seen as our most dangerous player. This ramps up their yellow card count and makes it riskier for those players to go in for tackles later in the game. He releases the ball very late. He's like a bullfighter taunting a bull. Just as the defender things they've got their foot to the ball, it's disappeared and he's either away or picking up the foul. Since the Palace VAR incident, I think public perception has shifted. Refs seem more receptive to the idea that he is actually getting booted all over the park. All the plaudits he's getting from the TV pundits are starting to feed through to the referees. His reputation as a diver and a cheat has gone IMO, except among a few salty Leeds / Bluenose clearings in the woods on social media. A lot of those fouls are in very dangerous areas around the box (which is less true of McGinn and McTominay, for example). Grealish doesn't get the assist stat if the free kick is whipped into the box by Hourihane or Targett or whoever, but he's the one who's created the chance. There's also just the fact that Grealish has that quality of buying time. You give Grealish the ball, and the whole team has just suddenly bought itself 5 seconds to catch their breath or get back into shape or make an attacking run. While that's happening, he's dragging the opposition completely out of shape. That quality can't be measured with stats really - you just have to watch the game. Southgate is an absolute mug if he thinks Mason Mount or Calum Hudson Odoi offer anything like this to the England setup.
    5 points
  14. Boris Johnson sent his dad down to the Channel 4 leaders debate to argue that Gove should go on TV instead of him. The whole thing is just bizarre. I must be so out of touch with the ’average voter’ because I can’t understand how people could consider this guy to be PM material.
    4 points
  15. Partisan stunt in remarkably close to my description of Johnson.
    4 points
  16. Conveniently forgetting to add that they prefer such articles to be on their own website.
    4 points
  17. It would be really funny if the BBC substituted Andrew Neil at the last minute
    4 points
  18. Just thank god he is a massive Villa fan. Any one else would have gone when we were relegated, or been picked up by a top flight team in our Championship struggles or would be imminently baling out in January for a top club. We are so lucky to enjoy watching this mercurial talent play for our club. It's a true privilege.
    4 points
  19. This post adds fuel to the argument that Hourihane should start each game. If Grealish and McGinn have won 79 free kicks, then Hourihane becomes indispensable. Opposition managers have to give a different team talk if Jack and Conor both start. To put it another way, Jack and John would be fouled less if the spectre of Conor's left boot was present on the pitch.
    4 points
  20. Markus Rosenberg is playing his last home game for Malmö FF tonight. Nice tifo. There was supposed to be a greeting from Zlatan before the game but for some reason this has been cancelled You know when scrips are a bit too perfect? Markus Rosenberg scored the game winning 4-3 goal in the 96th minute with pretty much the last kick of the game. Pretty amazing last game at home for him and the MFF fans.
    3 points
  21. They only started becoming obsessed with us when they got promoted whilst we were still in the championship, earlier this season when they weren't doing so well they quietened down, now they're doing better again they've started talking about us again. When they were in the championship or lower all those years I can't remember our fans ever being bothered about any 'gap' between us and them.
    3 points
  22. I think this sums up what the Tories are doing and will, if given the chance, really accelerate over the next 5 years.
    3 points
  23. No Nick Cave so that list can **** right off.
    3 points
  24. It's not politically possible to sell it off wholesale, which is why they have adopted the approach of creeping privatisation, requiring elements to be tendered and awarding contracts to private firms, while keeping the main NHS underfunded, overstretched and demotivated, in order to reduce the public support it has and weaken opposition to further privatisation. This for example shows the pace it's happening at. Leading Tories are on record as wanting to privatise it - for example, both Letwin and Hunt have written pamphlets arguing for that. It's not yet possible for that to be formal tory policy. When they are plainly working towards that incrementally, I hardly think that the claim that they want to open it up further to private firms needs any more substantiation.
    3 points
  25. could easily change this to football commentary
    3 points
  26. Going back to TTIP, what was happening was that secret discussions were taking place, including about proposals to give corporations the power to win damages against governments for pursuing policies which led to them making lower profits. Agreeing to such a proposal is a very fundamental betrayal of the interests of the country, in the service of multinational corporations. It is only by knowing about such things before they happen that we stand any chance at all of preventing them. The fine detail of negotiations may properly be kept confidential. Things like whether our government is proposing to open up the NHS to the US, cannot and must not be confidential, and we should reject any claim to the contrary.
    3 points
  27. Ah one of these days we'll learn to actually stop talking about nebulous bollocks like "The Establishment"
    3 points
  28. Boris Johnson isn't a leaver. He's a career opportunist. He supported the side that was most likely to benefit Boris. It worked. Doesn't support mine, or your point, but it is what it is.
    3 points
  29. I think he's now moved into the bracket of players for whom a fee with nine figures could be demanded - that's the sort of money I think we could ask for him.
    3 points
  30. Hate these bastards. Would love it if we beat them. Have several Man U fan friends
    3 points
  31. Fair play to the channel 4 news editor in standing up to the Tories. It is such a shame that those at the BBC don't have the same back bone.
    2 points
  32. I accept that and agree - both that he is making that point and that the point has merit.
    2 points
  33. It isn't enough to have barely swung a referendum on lies, it has to be revolutionary, heroic, sticking it to the man. They'll put a bronze statue of Farage's gurning pug face on the spare plinth in Trafalgar Square. True Englishmen can salute it, tears in their eyes, for years to come, the Union Jack warming their heart.
    2 points
  34. I had a decent holiday a few decades back, a safari around Kenya. We were out in the middle of nowhere and I needed a crap. We’d stopped at a clearing, not a surly local, an actual clearing in the bush and there was a toilet block. I remember thinking, that’s odd, how have they got a toilet block 100 miles from anywhere? Where does the drainage go? I distinctly remember thinking that as I was walking in there. Because it was 100 miles from anywhere there was no electric light but as my eyes were adjusting to the dark my nose was telling me that hunch I’d had about drainage, that was a good hunch. In the toilet block it turned out it was actually just 4 walls and a roof, and inside a giant pyramid of shit. As tall as me. How were they getting it up there? It must have been someone’s job to pyramid the shit. Five minutes later I was having a perfectly nice crap 50 metres down the road behind a bush. Quite the experience, shitting behind a leafless bush with 6 other people pretending not to notice. We'd pretty much all shat somewhere open and novel by the end of the trip, it was quite a bonding experience. I imagine at some point an attendant came along, gathered up my deposit and gave it pride of place at the top of the poo pyramid in the toilet building.
    2 points
  35. Well this is frankly just sad. I don't rate him, but you gotta feel for the guy. Social media must be hell when things are not going your way. https://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/fotboll/a/Op1zj1/ber-om-att-fa-slippa-sin-hyllningsmatch
    2 points
  36. First of all, the foreign players we have signed have all gone on to reasonably well. A lot of them are starting for teams in Europe a competitions. The problem was we also signed Richards and Lescott to be our centre halves. We rightfully got slaughtered every game and because we couldn't win the ball back none of our decent players could do anything with it. We still may not have stayed up but at least it wouldn't have been so embarrassing. The morale of the story don't rely on washed up has beens not all of them are as good as Terry was.
    2 points
  37. Are the CPS discredited every time someone gets off? Someone being found not guilty doesn't mean there wasn't a case to answer.
    2 points
  38. They got porno mags too give you an erection and spotted dick in the frozen section Baneswell Express Baneswell Express
    2 points
  39. A couple of my mates did a tour of the Emirates when they were in London approx. seven years ago. Apparently Wenger had the opposition dressing room designed so that the manager couldn't see the whole squad at any particular time.
    2 points
  40. OK Mr. Shots Against.
    2 points
  41. For me, not only should he be in the England squad, he's currently the best midfielder England have.
    2 points
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