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  1. The Welling game might have been the last time the players were scheduled to be together, with contracts up after the game in some cases. Given the club's history I think I'd have wanted it paying before saying goodbye too! I must admit, I heard a different version of the rumour. But the bet one does sound more plausible considering who was involved back then.
  2. Maybe that's how the one I know ended up working for BoJo? I only know third hand but the person who told me knows them very well. I think they work for BoJo rather than the Tories though.
  3. It's funny you should say that, as I know someone from Halifax who apparently works on BoJo's political team, has done for years supposedly.
  4. But it was a UK decision. Does it really surprise you that our government would sacrifice an entire industry in order to secure something else they wanted? Our history is littered with such examples. The fishing industry will not get a free pass when it comes to securing a trade deal with the EU once we've left. Just as the agricultural sector is expected to be sacrificed to some extent in any future trade deal with the USA.
  5. Nice pivot. The regulations regards fishing were all agreed by the UK. The politicians of the day (Thatcher?) probably gave ground over fishing in order to gain an advantage in another area (the rebate?), that's how politics works the world over.
  6. The EU doesn't pay businesses to move from one member state to another, which is what you claimed a few posts earlier. Businesses have moved from the UK to eastern Europe because doing so makes their products cheaper to make. The wages in Poland at the time Indesit moved there were derisory compared to the UK. And wages are usually the biggest cost for manufacturers because it affects every part of the chain, from suppliers, logistics, production, sales, etc. - everything, both for Indesit and every other company that's involved. Cheaper staff = cheaper products = more profits. That's why they move, nothing more, nothing less. It's why most of Europe's manufacturing was lost to China, and before them south-east Asia. It's why the USA lost theirs to Mexico. Even with tariffs and the extra costs because of the added distance, it's cheaper for Apple to make the iPhone in China than it is to make it in Brighouse. It's why Brexiteer Dyson moved production to Malaysia. It's really that simple. The EU actually helps combat this because by its very nature, it is a protectionist bloc - protectionist for its own benefit. As a whole.
  7. Amazing, only half hour in but really enjoying it. Thanks for the link. Kinda confirms what many of us had heard rumours about back then, that players were getting paid partly via the brown paper bag method back in 97/98. Have to stop listening now but will watch the rest later.
  8. Because we sold off the energy companies, who funnel cash to shareholders and Directors rather than invest in the future. They look at the next 5 years rather than the next 50. We even let our native nuclear expertise lapse so we rely on other countries if we need to build new nuclear power stations, possibly the cleanest power solution on any sort of scale.
  9. There was an active boycott in fairness. I have no idea what's gone on there other than what I've just read from spending 10 mins over at the fans forum, but it looks a bit like another 97/98 Doncaster Rovers, where the management is completely detached from the supporters. If the players don't get paid soon, they'll be able to look for new clubs, which could see Macc playing kids for the remainder of the season.
  10. Silent fireworks get my vote. Unless I'm supposed to be getting my jollies off the sounds of gunfire rather than the pretty patterns in the sky. Perhaps that's just me
  11. The signs for the economy aren't that great but I suspect most of those signs are Brexit related and will clear within a couple of years of Brexit actually happening. This last week, Moody's credit ratings agency signalled that the UK was at risk of defaulting on its debt. I don't think anyone seriously believes that. When the country spends £800bn/year, debt interest is high at £50bn but clearly not unaffordable. The Tories are critical of Labour's plans to renationalise some services. Let's say Labour win power and go ahead with their plans to buy back the rail services. Say it costs £20bn to do so, that doesn't necessarily make it a £20bn gamble. They've borrow £20bn but also have an asset worth £20bn. If the worst happens, they can re-privatise, even with a small loss. The Tories waste much more cash without even going to the trouble of privatising. Look what they've handed out to CAPITA and ATOS in relation to benefits. It's cost them more to bring in and sustain Universal Credit than it was supposed to, on paper, save the country. Look at the last thing the Tories did privatise - the probation service. Now set to be re-nationalised at considerable cost because they've finally admitted it should never have happened. The real challenge will be bringing the debt down to reduce the money wasted on interest payments. But I don't see anyone even talking about that. Even under Cameron they only ever spoke about bringing the deficit down, not actually reducing debt. Under their plans, austerity would have had to be the policy until the end of time in order to pay off any debt. The last chancellor that actually paid off some of the country's debt was Gordon Brown, the man people think of as economically illiterate. Neither party has a monopoly on pissing about with the economy. It's safe to ignore any and all claims about the economy in the run up to the election. Truth is, whoever wins, they'll contrive to bugger it up.
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