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  1. Fans Consultancy Group Meeting

    I'd agree with you actually, I'd noticed a few errors last season which are out of keeping with our usual standard - given the chance, we'll bring it up - sorry I couldn't get it onto the agenda,
  2. Fans Consultancy Group Meeting

    That's the agenda for the meeting next week - if there's anything pressing that you feel is missing from it, please let us know. (Pardon the strange numbering - I'm having formatting trouble)
  3. Finsbury Park Incident

    Great, so now we've got these nutters too.
  4. I agree, with a new leader who believes in lots of things that the Conservative party doesn't currently and a whole lot of new policies that are different to the ones they believe in at the moment and have believed in since the 70's, there's every chance the Tories will be back - what they need I think is the kind of copycat politics that worked so well for Labour in the 90's - by advocating all of the things they hate and ignoring every principle they have, there's every chance they could recapture the popular vote.
  5. The "Witton Lane" Boxing Chat Thread

    So I guess they'll do it again?
  6. The "Witton Lane" Boxing Chat Thread

    I've not seen the fight - how did the judges have it when low blows and dodgy refereeing brought it to an end?
  7. Trite Observations About the Housing Market

    http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/from-brexit-to-donald-trump-welcome-to-the-age-of-hypernormalisation-in-london-a3367326.html “If you’re in London, what you see around you is all these new buildings being built and they all look exactly alike. But what you also know about these buildings is that none of us are ever going to be able to afford to live in them. After the financial crash of 2008 there was a wave of money coming into the city that couldn’t go into the stock market, so it went into property instead. These blocks you’re actually looking at are not buildings, they’re blocks of money.” Adam Curtis. This I think is the issue - we're living in a world where we're building property in order that money has somewhere to live, not in order that people do. There are companies that own thousands of properties in London and don't really care if they're occupied or not - they make money standing empty. They're numbers on a stockmarket board owned by companies which are themselves owned largely by other companies who buy shares to make profit and don't care what the shares are in, they just need something to buy that will make number a turn into bigger number b within a financial year - and then they need somewhere for that profit to live, so they need things to buy. Money working for money in a pointless, useless, harmful, tightening loop.
  8. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Am I right in thinking that the summer so far has told us that until we manage to bring money in from sales we'll be looking at old timers and maybes for pennies? I'm a little bit nervous.
  9. Mile Jedinak

    Problem is that Whelan is 33 too. If we're not careful, we're going to get a little bit dad's army.
  10. General Election 2017

    Fair enough - there's not a lot of attention here until you get down to the final knockings of the primary's. In political terms, Sanders is to the right of Corbyn by a little ways, probably a little nearer the Lib Dems, Hillary is I think a little further right than May - a smaller government, increased defence spending and a continued bonfire of regulations for banks and so on - Trump is basically someone who doesn't believe in government or for that matter democratic process, he's nearer the Koch brothers - I guess that's very far to the right, but it seems a different scale. I'm a big Bernie fan - but I think once we got down to the Presidential race, you can't blame the American left from being more than a little frustrated with what was being offered.
  11. General Election 2017

    I'm all a-whoa-ed. It's not an easy thing to describe. How would you go at it?
  12. General Election 2017

    In fairness to the left in the US - in that contest, they had nothing else to do but to be angry against a system that put forward two right wing candidates - if there had been an alternative, I think you'd have seen a campaign with a little more focus on issues, as things stood, when you have a candidate who is further to the right than May and then an absolute looney who is in a field of his own, you can't expect the left, or centrists to debate policies that aren't part of the election. This is really interesting because Corbyn hasn't changed at all. What's happened is that the more people have understood his views, the more people have actually read or heard what he's saying, the more they've moved away from the nonsense in the right wing press. Corbyn didn't go more mainstream - people listened and the mainstream moved to him. It's not Corbyn or Momentum who changed Magnkari, it's you. I said a couple of pages back, that the best hope for the Conservative future is a softer Conservatism, with a slight move to the left in policy and a huge move to the lead of Labour's softer politics. Let's hope they don't do that - there's certainly no immediate hint that they will. The problem for Conservative party leaders in terms of current policy and debates is that it's hard to stay popular while you're telling people you're robbing them.
  13. General Election 2017

    There's an awful lot of talk about campaigns and about presence and various types of media following the result. I think that ignores something important - Brexit got people a little more politicised, a bit more interested in issues - and Labours surge didn't begin when Corbyn got a haircut and a new tie, or when Teresa started looking a bit mad and went into hiding, the surge wasn't a PR coup, it wasn't great media management - it came about because of the release of a manifesto that an awful lot of people liked - and that an awful lot of people were prepared to read because Brexit had made them more interested in policies and a little less interested in people slagging each other off. I think it's showed a real appetite from people to move policy in their own favour, to have a proper alternative to the same old same old. I think there's also a backlash against the vindictiveness of a certain type of politics - the front pages of the Mail and the Sun and some of the figures we've seen on TV have turned voters off, they pushed them in the other direction. I think the electorate has used Brexit to become interested in issues, I think there's a move towards "just answer the question and stop calling each other names, because we're interested in what you're going to do about this" I think the electorate is ready for a softer world. I think there's a fear in the Labour party that it will slide back toward the right in an effort to find popularity (an effort I personally think would be a mistake) but there is at least an awareness of where the party might go. In the Conservative ranks, I think there's a complete ignorance of the way forward - if the Conservative party wants to court the popular vote, then I think they need a wave of new 'softer' Conservatism, they need to get nicer in the minds of the electorate in my opinion and for that they need policies they can stand behind without looking callous. What's interesting is that the media is focused entirely on campaigns, on facebook and twitter and on rallies and on TV appearances and debates and numbers and polls and PR this and PR that - I think they're missing the point - an awakened electorate, with a Brexit education and a new interest in politics wants policies they can support, not soundbites - that's the Jeremy Corbyn lesson, and that's what no one is talking about.
  14. General Election 2017

    If the Greens can get down to no seats, does that mean they'll start getting invited onto the BBC?