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  1. England v Croatia

    Remember it only takes something like Beckham kicking out at Simeone to ruin the best laid plans. Although there are some questionable personalities still in the squad (Sterling among them), I think the unity of the group has been helped by England having moved beyond the era of the super-wealthy celebrity footballers like Ferdinand, Beckham, Lampard and Terry, etc. who commanded as many headlines in the news pages as they did in the sports pages. It's great to see England doing so well, but I think the media is whipping up expectations again, ready to bring the whole lot crashing down, just as they always have done.
  2. England v Sweden

    My father-in-law knows a good footballer when he sees one, has seen 100s pass through Real Madrid's team over the last few decades. He reckons Sterling is an embarrassment for England. He often says that England's skilful players are too quickly criticised and not allowed to make mistakes, but Sterling is just bad.
  3. Vitriolic Comments

    Okay, now try again, but this time use your big boy words.
  4. Vitriolic Comments

    I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.
  5. Vitriolic Comments

    This from the person who admitted conspiring with another by phone to abuse me on here... no sympathy from me Flea, you rub people up the wrong way and you reap the consequences.
  6. DB interview

  7. Radio tonight

    I was not blaming pensioners. I think this sums up the possibilities and opportunities of many of the country's youth today:  
  8. Radio tonight

    Actually, many pensioners didn't contribute at all, but why let facts into the argument, huh? Besides, one aspect of a multi-faceted debate about pensioner wealth and the opportunities available over a lifetime in previous decades versus lack of opportunities now.
  9. Radio tomorrow

    If you're expecting me to defend Goldman Sachs then you're wasting your breath. I hate the big accountancy and investment firms because they're the ones responsible for hoovering up wealth from the masses and for enabling the corruption of politicians the world over. You're right, they're not British, but they operate a virtual revolving door with the British government regards jobs for the boys that I often think of the as being British. Not sure what other scandals there are with them and the EU but I don't disbelieve you. Be nice to see some examples though.
  10. Radio tomorrow

    The problem with Greece and Italy is that they're full of Greeks and Italians. That's not me being racist (I'm the same race), just that they have cultural reasons for being in the ****. Greece lied about their economy over many years in order to be accepted into the Euro - with the help of British accountants I should add - and paid the price when their deceit was uncovered. Or rather their working population paid the price. Their economy is now performing better than the UK's by most metrics. The Italians are in hoc to organised crime. They're the Mexico of Europe. Their people lurch from one bad decision to another because basically they want anyone, anything, to save them. Spain is doing far better than the 80s when they joined the EU.
  11. Radio tomorrow

    I couldn't even be arsed to read all that in all honesty. But one thing that those who scream "DEMOCRACY WON" in relation to Brexit conveniently refuse to accept that living in a democracy also requires you to accept that people should perhaps be allowed to change their minds. It's not "DER DEMOCRACY, WE VOTED, SHUT UP, THE DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN, SUCK IT UP LOSERS."
  12. Radio tomorrow

    We've had this argument on here before Trev but you Brexiteers have blinkers when it comes to debating the EU. Nobody calls the shots at the EU except member states and elected members of the European Parliament. There are certain positions that are filled by those member states (whose governments are directed elected by us) and the European Parliament (whose members are directly elected by us). But the same is true in the UK. Did you elect the Queen? How about the Speaker of the House of Commons? Who elected the Lords? How about the CEO of Calderdale Council? Who the **** elected Bubba to run this forum? If you want to have an informed debate about the EU or even politics in general then I'm your man. But let's not present opinion as fact and expect people to fall in line.
  13. Radio tomorrow

    People fought and died to help create the ideals that went into forming the EU. The Human Rights stuff the Tories want to rip up and replace was a product of British politicians at the behest of British citizens who were sick and tired of fighting and dying for an elite ruling class that didn't give one iota of a **** about anyone else. Almost all legislation that has benefitted the normal working man over the last 30-40 years has come from the EU Parliament. People call it corrupt primarily because of the failure of its budget audits, but the only reason they don't pass is because member states - including the UK - refuse to keep the required records for the cash the EU returns for various reasons. Almost all investment in infrastructure and urban planning in the north of England since the 80s has benefitted from EU cash. Most of southern and easten Europe has benefitted similarly, with the result being that Europe has seen unprecedented levels of wealth. People will say - disingenuously - that China's and India's growth far outstrips that of the EU. Well, doh, they started from **** all so of course. When someone goes from living on less than $ a day to suddenly having $500 a month to live on, ofc the larger economy benefits from that. The same is true in the UK, hence the 'boom's of 'boom and bust'. Again with the gravy train. Yawn. I don't work for the EU and my livelihood is not dependent on the EU. My wife speaks four languages and has two masters degrees, she'll be ahead of you in the queue for most decent jobs, which incidentally will probably be outside the UK in any event.
  14. Radio tomorrow

    You're so full of **** sometimes. Like the UK isn't corrupt at every level.
  15. Radio tonight

    This "I worked hard for this" bollox that current pensioners come out with is exactly that, bollox. I'm not disputing that most of them worked incredibly hard to enjoy what they have, but I'd make three points. One, their good fortune came on the back of massive social changes following WW2 with improved healthcare and social provision (including much improved housing and availability of cheap housing). Wealth was genuinely - albeit slowly - transferred from the richest in society to allow normal people a better, brighter future. Two, houses used to be cheap. I mean, really cheap. Since the 70s, the rise in average house prices have outstripped the rise in average wages by something like 6% per month. Not every year, but every month. In 1997, average house prices were 3.6 times the average annual salary. In 2017, this was 7.5. The cost of buying your own home has doubled in just 20 years. Point three, most workers these days work hard. Often longer too, would you believe, and more people than ever before in the UK are living in households where both adults are working, and more people than ever before are living in households where one or more of the adults have more than one job. A little anecdote. My grandparents paid less than £100 for the house that my mother bought from them for around £15k at some point in the 90s. That same house recently changed hands for £122k. Just one example for sure, and my parents got a good deal from their parents, but that's an insane level of inflation. Cars are more prevalent nowadays because public transport is (a) often unreliable, useless and in some cases non-existent, and (b) almost as costly. Of all the household expenses people suffer these days, I'm pretty sure it's on record that only food is significantly cheaper than ever before. So, yeah, in many ways, most of the people who have recently become or are about to become pensioners have lived during a golden period in the UK. Free healthcare, free education at every level, cost of raising kids subsidised by the state, etc. Most (though by no means all) households needed just one wage earner. Their forebears were not so lucky and their descendants have not been so lucky.