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  1. Pulling our current shit show of a government up for the absolute shit show they've precided over isn't depressing. Speaking and fighting for change with a proper plan and backing the people to do it isn't depressing. Blindly backing the most corrupt and inept government in our history is 100% depressing. This weird little conservative little Englander bullshit shit that's led us off a cliff edge is depressing. Imagine backing this lot then all of a sudden jumping into bed with Nigel bloody Farage and his dogmatic politics. Now that is depressing.
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  2. Loads of Bolton and Wigan in Germany yesterday, enjoyed the banter etc. Work Tues and Weds, back out Thursday morning. Thankfully the lads out there ain't as negative as some of the folks/press back home, sang our hearts out at the final whistle.
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  3. When you've been consistently wrong about everything for over a decade, told everyone how the new dawn is just around the corner ever couple of years, how anyone who disagrees is a slag or sinister slag, part of some elite cover up or stupid on here and then block them, then I think you've left yourself wide open for all the ridicule that comes your way, its not the way you intend to vote. Voting for Reform doesn't make someone stupid - there are ills in western democracies linked to the death of localistation and the global expansion which has benefitted certain parts of society and left many behind which I think people like Tice, Trump, Farage, Le Penn are exploiting; and like their historical counterparts it's using the working person's concerns for their own gain without actual policy or long term solutions - because when people are angry no one wants to hear it's a slow, boring, hard working slog to recovery; it's blame one issue (in this case immigration) for every issue, solve that and we're all sorted. Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance as someone much cleverer once wrote.
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  4. The fella is certainly giving a lot more leeway to the Tories for the current mess than any of the right wing press gave Labour for the financial crisis they weren't to blame for. That said, at the time I said it's the way things are, when you're in power the buck stops with you and you get the flak rightly or wrongly. I'd have some sympathy if public services weren't decimated over a decade; PPE was done without backhanders; £10bn just written off because it was to their mates; Michelle Mone; that Jockey bint on a wank trace system; some pub landlord; wine suitcases; parties; sex pests; promoting sex pests; big dog; wallpaper; austerity; cake ambushing; COVID tiers; Eat out to Help Out; Rwanda costing more than the moon; the fucking cluster fuck of Brexit; giving the DUP far more power than they were entitled to; Truss; A Russian in the HoL; Some random woman in the HoL; Hostile environment, Grenfell still not sorted; Barnard Castle; Record levels of immigration; a struggling NHS/Police/Military. I could go on but I am boring myself. Lots of these are things made worse or are directly due to this lot.
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  5. Nah, bollocks. Serbia deserved nothing from the game. Yes, they gave a good account of themselves and made things hard for us, but they created no chances of note whatsoever. We will certainly have to play much better than last night if we want to win this tournament, but, as always, there's a huge overreaction. We were not lucky in any way. We should've won the game 2-0,
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  6. See I sit on complete different sides on the Southgate and Evatt debate. I think in game tactics, yes there will be similarities. I think Southgate has them proud to be there and playing for England which is half the battle in a national team role. I also think he says all the right things and is quite humble and likeable. Hes shown he can adapt and drop his tried and tested. A Criticism that’s been volleyed at him numerous times. He’s the best England manager outside Sir Alf (and Big Sam) statistically. If he wins the Euros then he will be the best. It was interesting that the pool of managers he sits in with England are now all Sirs. I don’t think we have the best squad as others believe. I will say these lot are all committed to wearing the badge though and that comes from Southgate and his people
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  7. At least this labour party have a moral compass, seem to care about the people they represent, and have an honourable if slightly beige leader. They’re also a load of stuff I worry about them but it’s the lesser of 2 evils.
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  8. The easy thing for keyboard managers questioning southgate after serbia is they can never be wrong Shouldve done this, then this, but not that and then do this, that, the other We may have lost if he had done those things, but fortunately for them, we will never know All we know is that England won and all these experts dont work anywhere near the top end of football Maybe says a lot
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  9. Folk moaned about our performance but we won, Belgium had bags of chances but got jack shit at this stage it’s about getting out the groups
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  10. From Gelsenkirchin
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  11. Bolty’s just been backed into a corner by his own disappointments. He believed the Tories when they said they’d deliver Brexit, they didn’t. He believed his beloved Tories when they said they’d stop the boats. There are more than ever. He talks about the wartime generation of brave men who gave everything to defeat fascism, but won’t pick up anything more than a keyboard to defend the island he abandoned. Those men he idolises would consider him a traitor. It can’t be easy to be so impotent with rage yet so unwilling to do a single thing to change the problems you hate. Much easier to blame everyone from a distant land than actually lead by example. Its like watching a football hooligan giving it the “come on then” gestures, but stay safely behind an imaginary barrier than actually go and do anything brave. Bless.
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  12. No well done. You won. Your party has won since 2010. Brexit won in 2016. Johnson who you championed won in 2019. I have no idea what you said re Truss but I can imagine. Your politics have won the last 14 years. Every single time. Glorious victory after glorious victory. You must be overjoyed at how it’s all gone.
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  13. Should be an easy team selection Thursday for me Trent dropped Bellingham plays next to rice Foden 10 Gordon on the left
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  14. Every Tory comic and apologist will have dissected the private and professional lives of every Labour Party candidate. The best they could come up with is Angela Rayner didn't owe any CGT on a house sale.
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  15. Starmer being dull is basically the only reason I’m voting for Labour and not the Lib Dems who I voted for last time and in the locals. I can’t stand the idea of another ‘character’ in number 10. It makes me feel nauseous thinking about Johnson clowning around and Truss ripping the guts out. I actually liked Sunak when he got the job and thought he’d be good and felt politics would return to normal centre right and centre left debates. But he’s been so incredibly weak and the Tory party like Labour were under Corbyn are infested with extremists miles away from their centre right tradition. Sunak is just far far too weak to deal with them. So his party is just not serious. Starmer has been utterly ruthless with his sometimes to the point of pain. But it’s his promise of government staying in the background and quietly getting on with it that wins my vote. It can’t honestly be any worse.
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  16. Seems over half the population shoves shit up their nose these days then wonder why gangs are an issue. Fucking hypocrites the lot of them.
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  17. He fucked up big time Evatt
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  18. And before anyone posts the article naming the Wanderers fan, leave it until charges are proved eh?
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  19. I'd have expected Phats and Small to have asked what was wrong with him.
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  20. Meant to be clear and obvious. If you need a bloody snickometer it's not clear and obvious. Nobody even noticed and Nobody would've complained after. The ball literally glanced his finger after he was shoved into an unnatural position. He made no conscious effort to control the ball with his hand. It's utter bullshit.
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  21. Thought not. That's why I think Starmer is a good bet at the moment. We just need someone boring, competent and with a decent track record of managing things.
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  22. Nice mention for Tommy Banks.
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  23. Winning most matches, winning group stages, winning quarter finals and winning a semi final is apparently not winning although I have to admit it felt like winning at the time. Folk forget that England under Southgate have a better win percentage against World top ten opposition than Germany, Italy, Holland, Croatia and Portugal in the same period. Not bad for a loser.
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  24. It's really not. It just needs funding properly. And it needs to be directed by a cross party board rather than having to change tack every 5 years. We might need to put up taxes to pay for it mind. And I'm not sure why this is such a scary thought for people. Bloody hell - Virgin Media put my bill up twice a year. I'm not sure why we are so queasy about asking the same for world class health care. Incidentally - the profitable bits have all been privatised now. They've creamed most of the easy stuff off and are making a fortune off it. The NHS have been left with the complicated/expensive and time consuming parts. That's why if you need a one hour eye scan you'll be sent off to a private company - but if someone needs care for sepsis following a UTI and has dementia they will end up in an NHS hospital. Strangely - the private sector don't seem to be interested in those patients.
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  25. 4 finals, 4 wins District x2 Regional National
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  26. So Farage in line with his intent to teach the kids about our history has taken on the Neville Chamberlain role.
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  27. Looks like they made the wrong call!
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  29. It's clear from this post that you're a fucking moon man.
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  30. It's clear from that interview Sharon did that, he's blamed the poor performance at the end of the season on Coleman and she's turned around and told him he needs a better no2. Is Coleman a great keeper? No. Is he good enough for League One? Yes. Is he responsible for our terrible performance after the new year? definitely not.
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  31. They really are.This was ours today. I reckon when he chews on his last bone and reflects on his life he may well choose today as his day of days. A walk on a lovely beach first thing where he found and claimed a ball ,then a 3k hike to another beach possibly the nicest he has ever seen were he played fetch with new ball . On the way there he got stuck into a dead rabbit and on the way back a dead gull. He has had his tea and is camping at the side of a loch. All with his best mates
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  32. I think he's got the squad cycle between tournaments all wrong. We've not filtered the likes of Eze, Gallagher, Palmer, Gordon in to the squad as part of a cohesive system/way of playing. Alexander-Arnold in the holding midfield role says it all really. We have the feel of a league side who made a load of signing on the last day of the deadline and then have a game two days later and play like strangers. I also think Southgate has got in to the type of manager who drowns his players in tactics and stifles them. We'll get through now we've got 4 points but I see no grounds for optimism once in the knockout stage. Obviously hope I get proved wrong.
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  33. 3k hike to this today . Can't get to it by car. Did Islay first then Barra then worked our way north through south/north uist then Harris/Lewis. Ferry to Skye Saturday evening then home Sunday. 14 nights but thats not enough I could spend months here.
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  34. You're alright with people robbing stuff directly from normal working folk? I can understand the idea of turning a blindeye to people shop-lifting essentials from supermarkets and massive corporations, but stealing stuff from delivery vans or straight off people's doorsteps is another level.
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  35. It's a forum. That is the point. Folk don't have to agree, but this "slap down" mentality of any criticism is every bit as extreme as the over the top comments that become personal. You are right that we may have lost with a different approach, we may also have been better with a greater victory- no one knows. What we do know is that it was an uninspiring performance, but I'm of the view that Bolty detailed- winners frequently are slow starters who improve- and we should simply get behind the team at the next game. Then all discuss it with our various views afterwards.
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  36. He's a superb player who respects everybody else's contribution, including all the backroom staff, his interviews are brilliant and he comes over as someone who's been brought up perfectly. To be possibly the best player in the team and not let mis-judged passes and mistakes affect your performances is a gift, he's got the lot. I hope he has a very long playing career, he can be a real jewel for England.
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  37. This England side isn't close to the greatest in my lifetime (I'm 46). Had England done our usual trick of being pretty abysmal in major tournaments then Southgate would be getting less sticky than he currently does. It's precisely BECAUSE he's raised expectations that people get upset when we don't win every tournament. Whatever way you spin it - GS is by far the best manager have England have had in my lifetime. Maybe not the most charismatic - or the one who plays the sexiest football - but the one who has brought the most success. All this 'we should have won something with this squad' bollocks. There's not been a single tournament where we've been the best team on paper. And add to that the small matter of the other 23 teams that all want to win it either. Southgate hasn't been perfect - but to suggest he's done anything less than an very good job is bonkers in my opinion. Like all tournaments - jury is out again. But let's see how he gets on this time.
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  38. VAR is fucking shite. Micro analysing everything. Looking for reasons to dissallow goals. That was not a deliberate hand ball. That type of contact happens all the time over the pitch during the course of a game.
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  39. Exactly. Politics should be boring, its all about the boring details that get stuff actually done in the best interests of the country. Not soundbites, three word slogans or anything else based on bullshit They took the public for fools and have been found out. The gullible will do the same with reform.
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  40. No. He is a grifter.
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  41. They do, my lad did 2 years of it. I'm assuming they didn't teach it at your school because they hadn't happened yet.
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  42. Don’t care how many times I’ve posted this, and I never felt lucky at the time as I wanted to go every week, but I guess I’m pretty fortunate that my one game at Burnden was the Battle of Burnden game. And also pretty fortunate(!) that my godparents got burgled on Christmas Eve ‘96 so the Wolves ticket was my replacement Christmas present!
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  43. Singing about wars generations ago is fucking crass especially when in their country.
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  44. The Tory plan all along. Managed decline until people feel there’s no choice but to privatise
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  45. John Sheridan was probably the hardest of the whole lot. He'd start a row in an empty room. Total pisspot and fucking nails with it
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  46. Ultimately, Southgate is the manager who’s got closer than any (since 1966) to doing what Mounts says he’s paid to do - win trophies. Facts speak for themselves. A load of envious gammons don’t like him because he’s a decent bloke who gives a shit about things like mental health, racism, discrimination. All that lefty wokism. For me, his weakness is in-game tactics. I was at Wembley for the Euros final and saw it first hand. But hopefully he’s learned from it. I’m happy to give him one more shot. I’ll back him and the team. If he doesn’t achieve it this tournament, it’ll be best for all for him to move on.
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  47. This is pretty clear. The fact is unlike other parties in Europe Reform have no actual policies and outside of Farage no actual politicians. Tice and Habib are absolute light weights. Even the cornerstone of their campaign 'net zero immigration' is just another headline, there is no plan on how to do it. Habib did say let them drown in the channel , which Farage said was not an option. Raise the income tax threshold to £20k so everyone has more money. But no plan or costings to support it. I do not think people thinking of voting Reform are stupid, but they are being blinded by the headline. Cost of living, NHS, Sewage , trains there is no real solution there and no structure in the party to even think of running the country. Tice has said they are unable to check which candidates have liked crazy shit on social media because they do not have the resource. So we just ignore it and carry on. The biggest con is the 'men of the people' act, there main 3 , Farage, Tice and Habib are as establishment as you get from the day they entered school and then work and later politics backed by millionaires with similar backgrounds.
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