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The Official Blackburn Rovers vs Swansea City Match Thread
at 12:53 2 Mar 2020

I am not sure if you were present at the Fulham game but I was and struggle to relate to much in your post.

There was an element of dog in our midfield but that dog was similar to a spaniel that likes to chase thin air or it's own tail. The way Fulham were able to by-pass through and around our midfield was very similar to how we did this under Potter less than a year ago.

Our front 3 spent most of the match chasing balls pumped into the channels - I guess you could call it lively as they chased hard but rarely got on the end of the % play. I didn't see the back 4 of the oppo being pegged back, particularly Bryan who got forward a lot and helped run Naughton ragged.

But worst of all was the inability to switch the play. Every single goal kick was clearly practiced - loft it to the left wing and hope Bidwell or Ayew could knock it down into midfield. I think they won maybe 10% of those headers and could count on one hand the number of times the 2nd ball fell to a Swans player. Fulham would attach and either Joe or Ben would put in a last minute block / foil. Rinse and repeat for most of the match.

Yes Fulham pressed high and put their forwards tight on Joe and Ben to reduce the short outlet but there were several times we could have been braver and Woodman could have chipped a ball over their heads into Grimes / Fulton, or distributed quicker before Fulham could reset.

None of this pointed to a team that was "set up to win" as Cooper likes to suggest.

So I am not sure what this upward trajectory looks like.
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The Official Fulham FC vs Swansea Match Thread
at 15:42 27 Feb 2020

Being an exile it was nice to go to a live game - even if it was with a Fulham season ticket holder and meant I had to sit in the home end behind the goal. My thoughts on the match for what they are worth:

- no point in dwelling on it as nothing will be done but that was the worst officiating I have ever seen. I was about 20 yards from the "penalty" and saw their player wrap his legs round Roberts ankle and they both went down while the ball flew out of play about 20 feet above their heads.

- loved Ayew passion and frustration.

- Naughton was run ragged and his clearances were poor. Both he and Bidwell were terrible at closing down crosses all night.

- Rodon was an absolute Rolls Royce particularly 2nd half where he won 2/3 fantastic headers against Mitrovic. Just a shame he got dragged out wide to protect Bidwell for the goal.

- Cabango. I actually wanted to go and hug the poor lad he was in tears. Great to see the other lads rallying round him - it isn't his first mistake and it won't be his last. Great experience to play against someone of Mitro's ilk.

- Fulton I was impressed with, Gallagher was peripheral all night and Cooper obviously loves him as I would have hooked him 2nd half. Grimes gets stick and he certainly wasn't in the game much but defensively he did well.

My overriding emotion coming away from the game was depression. Watching a good Fulham side work the triangles to by-pass our midfield reminded me of the Swans of old. Instead I had to watch Woodman hoof it to the wing, followed by either Bidwell or Ayew 9 times out of 10 head it to a Fulham player and allowing them to go again.

Yes the officiating didn't help, but boy did we also try our best to give the game to Fulham - if it weren't for their lack of cutting edge there would have been no tense finale. It was, to me, classic turgid FA coached tactics of lump it to the channels and hope to feed off scraps.

On the plus side, walking back to the car along the Thames on a crisp night was lovely...
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The Official Luton Town vs Swansea City Match Thread
at 11:40 21 Dec 2019

Is away end sold out or is it pay on day?
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AJ V Ruiz 2
at 14:23 6 Dec 2019

10.30pm I believe.
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Who doing Luton town away
at 10:24 3 Dec 2019

I live in Harpenden darling so will be getting the train which is about a 5/10 minute journey :)
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The NHS
at 13:51 29 Nov 2019

I said it was a good read, not that it wasn't unbiased.
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The NHS
at 12:17 29 Nov 2019

For balance though Labour say they are referencing Dr Hill to support their claims about what would happen if the Tories "sold off" the NHS but this includes the following assumptions:

- all current US sourced drugs would go up from current NIICE sourced prices to full insurance-backed US prices;

- that we would source all our drugs from the US (we currently only source around 20% I believe)

Full Fact is a good read.
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The NHS
at 14:15 28 Nov 2019

https://fullfact.org/election-2019/is-the-nhs-up-for-sale/
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The NHS
at 13:27 28 Nov 2019

New Zealand and Australia probably also needed a trade deal with the US more than the US needed it too and guess what, no adverse drug pricing provisions in those.

The voting public will never see the NHS as anything other than sacrosanct (despite no other nations trying to emulate it...) hence why no party that wants to not be wiped from electoral history will entertain a bad deal with the US on this specific area.
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The NHS
at 11:37 28 Nov 2019

So just because the US want their cake and more you think the UK will just roll-over?

It only makes it a win / win for them if the UK say yeah, put up our prices and for longer and while you are at it wipe us out of electoral history.

Fantasy.
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The NHS
at 15:10 27 Nov 2019

If this were to happen the Tory party would cease to exist as a) many Tory MPs will simply abandon the party given such a toxic policy; and b) most of the population would never vote for them again.

Ergo, it won't happen - they are dim but not so dim as to make themselves permanently unelectable.
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Labour manifesto
at 13:28 27 Nov 2019

It was pretty excruciating watching him squirm on the WASPI funding question.

He didn't seem fully aware of the stats on what % of tax the top 5% of earners already pay.

And if he had just given an immediate straight answer on the AS issue he wouldn't have spent 10 minutes being trussed up like a sinewy turkey.
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Labour manifesto
at 13:25 27 Nov 2019

And of course for anyone in the unfortunate position of being a full-time carer for one's spouse.
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The NHS
at 13:16 27 Nov 2019

An incredibly lame attempt at glass-breaking to try and hide the anti-semitism row and the fact Labour are having to come clean about who is really going to get taxed to fund their fantasy pledges.
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Luton tickets
at 10:38 25 Nov 2019

Is it usually a week following that away tickets go on general sale and not through JA?
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Anyone voting Conservative must be mad ?
at 16:32 15 Nov 2019

I take it back, thanks for the interesting link. Pretty damning!
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Anyone voting Conservative must be mad ?
at 13:15 15 Nov 2019

Evidence for this please?

I can't believe billionaires and corporates helped come up with the "General Anti-Avoidance Rules" which gives HMRC serious powers to come down on legal activities carried out for the simple purpose of avoiding tax.
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Anyone voting Conservative must be mad ?
at 13:44 8 Nov 2019

But that's a circular argument no? Chicken and egg spring to mind.

No idea, no business, no workers. No wealth, no additional investment, no additional workers etc etc etc.

What people forget is yes billionaires exist as a by-product of their successful businesses but this trickles down and makes everyone "more wealthy" which for me as a conservative (note the lower case C) is the ideal.

Take Amazon - they are the devil in many eyes because they avoid tax and yes it makes Jeff Bezos a billionaire, but it does so by delivering value (cheaper products, more easily available) to millions of people. Those people are wealthier (the proper definition) for receiving that value. The same applies to Google, Walmart, Apple and so on - they make their key staff rich beyond most of our dreams, but the benefit is that over the last few decades we have all become wealthier - our needs and desires are met more easily and at lower cost.

You could certainly remove the incentives or prevent people like Jeff Bezos from creating wealth and that may make a 'more equal' society but it may not make a wealthier society.

Chose your poison - we can all be equal but live in mud huts, or we can all have flat screen TVs but a few distant strangers we'll never meet happen to be able to drive Ferraris.

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Anyone voting Conservative must be mad ?
at 17:02 7 Nov 2019

But what is a fair share? If the tax legislation is leaky enough to allow billionaires to carry out these activities then it needs to be tightened up. But the risk you run is "fair share" becomes an open account for the Government to come after you with punitive action and you end up with a situation where "fair share" just becomes "more".

Consider the unintended consequences - business owners who own companies that employ thousands of people, suddenly less able / incentivised to invest; not forgetting that a significant amount of philanthropy is carried out by these individuals.

You are also into the arguments about whether you consider the Government the best judge of how to spend other people's money / tax.

Just playing devils advocate.
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Anyone voting Conservative must be mad ?
at 13:40 7 Nov 2019

Get a grip.

Go and spend some time in the slums of India, in Cartel-run Mexico, or pretty much the whole of Africa and tell me the average person in the UK has it tough.

Yes it's all relative but the idea that land-value tax grabs and compulsory equity handouts will create some socialist-heaven society is bonkers. A pure race to the bottom.
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