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PL Legacy
at 10:53 18 Nov 2019

Great post. Due to a number of reasons I don’t ever see us being a permanent fixture in the PL, so if we ever get back there I am fully on board with the idea of setting aside a rainy day fund for our training facilities and academy. The club should make a conscious effort to ringfence some funds each year to preserve that stays. It’s golddust for us.
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Countdown to the end of Democracy in the UK
at 09:37 24 Oct 2019

People talk about how there is no trust in BJ and therefore this is why Parliament has to scrutinise the deal in detail, as well as legislate to avoid No Deal through the Benn Act.

I would say that there is no trust ANYWHERE.

As a Leaver, I don't trust that the reason Parliament wants to scrutinise is to genuinely scrutinise. I agree with the principle of Parliamentary scrutiny but my instinct (and the stalling tactics I have seen since June 23rd 2016) is telling me that we have Remain leaning MPs who are doing everything to kick the can down the road and praying for a Second Referendum. They might not be, but just as Remainers have no trust in our Government, I have no trust at all in Parliamentarians.

I actually respect the Lib Dems and the SNP more - at least they are unequivocal in what they want! Don't agree with it clearly but at least it's out there.
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Harry and Megan alleged mental health issues
at 09:30 24 Oct 2019

Two Issues as I see it, obviously complete speculation!

1) Duty
I'm not sure Meghan has fully grasped the concept of duty and what that means if you are a member of the Royal Family. Once you are a British Royal, you simply lose all rights to a private life because the public expect you to be fully open. The Queen, as an example, would see her life as being a servant of the crown, the institutions, her subjects and God (she is highly religious). It has been muted that the Royals ere the original reality TV show - we get to ogle at everything they do but the pay off is that we tolerate their lives of extraordinary wealth and comfort. I genuinely don't think Meghan has grasped the difference between celebrity and duty.

Which brings me onto my next theory:

2) Narcissism
To me, Meghan is showing all the traits of a Narcissistic Personality. She absolutely has to be the centre of attention and if she isn't she cultivates a situation where she becomes it.

a) Going to Africa to raise awareness about disenfranchised women and then making it all about how unhappy she is;
b) Walking down the isle on her own breaking e single convention going, let alone in a royal context;
c) stating that she wants to change the role of a royal princess;
d) hugging people when they clearly are expecting to curtsey (again breaking with tradition);
e) throwing a tantrum when she doesn't get her own way (number of private staff who have been sacked??);
f) and this is the clincher for me - seemingly driving a wedge between Harry and William/Kate. What could be better for a Narcissist than being so important that she "makes" a Royal prince choose her over convention/duty.
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Welcome to Tory Heartland Wales!
at 09:18 16 Oct 2019

Amazing how you haven't included the European Elections in there of this year isn't it?
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Countdown to the end of Democracy in the UK
at 10:34 11 Oct 2019

Jumping in here but I'm pretty certain that there were two polls done on the day of the referendum itself which gave Remain a ten point lead and a six point lead.

Polling has been way out for a number of years now.

For what it's worth, I think the reason the Polls were so wrong on the day of the Referendum was that there was a much higher turn out than expected amongst people who never, ever bother to vote because they think it is meaningless. So I'd imagine the Pollsters didn't bother doing a sample amongst that demographic.

That day they thought their vote would mean something. So it will be tragedy if they were right all along. The one thing that the chronically disempowered have is the vote. Render that meaningless by withdrawing the losers consent, and they have no way of affecting the society around them.
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Countdown to the end of Democracy in the UK
at 16:46 10 Oct 2019

Both sides will claim it's a good deal *when* the deal is done too.

I don't know, I think the more everyone on all sides is ramping up the "there is no chance of this happening" talk, the more I get confident a deal will be done.

No deal will be bad for everyone involved, its the old MAD mindset again. Which is why No Deal should always have been kept on the table - will get you a deal.
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Crazy Championship
at 20:33 7 Oct 2019

Perfect summary.

I’ve never liked Stoke but they were very, very impressive on Saturday. They’ve got one of if not the best squad in the league.

They’re 66/1 to go up, just saying!
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The Official Swansea City vs Stoke City Match Thread
at 16:50 5 Oct 2019

They’ve thoroughly deserved it
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The Official Swansea City vs Stoke City Match Thread
at 16:45 5 Oct 2019

As I said earlier, how they’re winless I’ve no idea.
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The Official Swansea City vs Stoke City Match Thread
at 16:29 5 Oct 2019

He’s come on to add a bit of composure and experience I guess
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The Official Swansea City vs Stoke City Match Thread
at 16:24 5 Oct 2019

Wheels have completely come off today sadly.
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The Official Swansea City vs Stoke City Match Thread
at 16:17 5 Oct 2019

We are being battered here.

I don’t like Stoke, never have, but how the deck are they bottom? They’ve got excellent players at this level.
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Wow! Luxembourg PM talking candidly as Johnson misses press conference
at 16:48 16 Sep 2019

You don't think that maybe, just maybe, the protestors were letting the Luxembourg PM say his piece and then just might have gone full volume again as soon as Johnson started speaking?

Just a mad hypothetical I know!
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Does Brexit die tonight?
at 15:19 9 Sep 2019

And Remainers were told that there would not be an EU Army.

Aside from the racist/thicko/xenophobe/little Englander/Gammon vibe, being told that I was "lied to" also gets my wick.

It's as if to say "Oh the people are so naïve that they had no idea they were being lied to. Bless them"

EVERYONE knows that in any election you take what you are told with a gigantic piece of salt and decide accordingly. I wasn't sitting there wide eyed nodding like an automaton whenever a member of the Leave campaign spoke, hand drifting toward putting a cross in the Leave box without thinking.
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Does Brexit die tonight?
at 13:07 3 Sep 2019

Yes he does, I’m sure believe in the primacy of Parliament. But his views on Brexit are clear to see. Any speaker should be whiter than white in terms of their views on particular issues. Once that goes they’ve lost their impartiality.

But what about the broad point of convention having been trampled on by all sides?
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Does Brexit die tonight?
at 12:56 3 Sep 2019

Lisa, seriously.

He’s obviously entirely “partial” on the Brexit debate.

Or to use another example then.

It’s completely against “convention” for MPs to take control of the order paper, but they’ve done that. So as I say, all bets are off now, we are in completely uncharted territory.
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Does Brexit die tonight?
at 12:50 3 Sep 2019

I completely agree. I do recoil at the way that politicians on all sides have behaved appallingly by playing fast and loose with our “conventions/unwritten constitution”. In normal times I would be on the streets like many people have been, but these are not normal times.

The truth is the gloves came off the moment that Parliament delegated this decision in a referendum, and (in a broad sense) has sought to do everything to frustrate that result since. To use one example, John Bercows role in normal times would be completely untenable. Some remainers have turned a blind eye to that so why should I, as a Leaver, in these entirely abnormal times, not turn a blind eye to the obvious timing of the suspension of Parliament.

Our conventions have been trampled on. It’s anything goes now.
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Does Brexit die tonight?
at 12:35 3 Sep 2019

Whatever happens, it has surely been shown beyond doubt now that the concept of “convention” in place of an actually written constitution is dead.
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Does Brexit die tonight?
at 11:59 3 Sep 2019

When this bill passes, which I expect it to, my understanding is that the EU theoretically can propose a different extension to the proposed January 31st, 2020 date currently in the bill.

The bill states that the PM has to accept that date, and that Parliament has two days to either accept or reject it (thereby putting any future extension date in the hands of Parliament as opposed to the PM). Given that we have a remain leaning parliament currently it's hard tp see how any proposed date would be rejected.

PM Johnson would then seek an election as he has stated, but now that it is looking as if the opposition parties may not get to the two-thirds of MPs required to trigger it, there will be no election at all. What then?

With a Govt that has to accept any date given and Parliament refusing to give him an opportunity to change the make up of the Commons, is this the day that Brexit dies?

Is it revoking A50 by the back door?
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Scottish Cup - This weekend BBC Site
at 13:57 2 Sep 2019

It a Scottish lower leagues (Scotiish Championship and below) League Cup, if that makes sense. It incorporates Scottish Premiership U23 sides, the top two from the Welsh Premier and Danske Bank Premier (NI) and seemingly now two sides from the National League.
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