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Southend Screamer!
at 23:37 24 Feb 2021

Bloody hell.

Surprised that no-one has responded by adding the 'he must have a foot like a traction engine' commentary to it.
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That is about as dominant a first 15mins as you’re going to see
at 19:38 23 Feb 2021

They look well up for it tonight - it had crossed my mind that maybe it's because they've been told Lambert is out the door soon...
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Nigel Farage has a new target - the Chinese
at 23:40 20 Feb 2021

Good shoehorning of 'communism' into the headline, I'm sure Hampstead would approve.

Farage vs the Chinese government is a going to be like watching a match where you want both teams to lose.
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Just saw a bloke in a town jacket in Clapham Junction
at 18:59 13 Feb 2021

Indeed, and I can confirm it wasn't me.

I did see another Town fan (wearing an ITFC hat) outside Waitrose in Wapping yesterday though.
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Starmers in for a bumpy time
at 00:21 9 Feb 2021

I assume he's talking about how the right of the party acted from 2015 to 2019?

Joking aside, it's a shocking lack of self awareness on this point.
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Ex Town players who became managers
at 17:46 8 Feb 2021

Keeping it local:

Jason Dozell managed Ipswich Wanderers
Mickey Stockwell and Carlos Edwards both managed Woodbridge.
Kevin Horlock now manages Needham Market.
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Ex Town players who became managers
at 17:41 8 Feb 2021

Thompson had previously managed in League Two with Boston and York so I think he can be classed as a proper manager.
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Change in vaccination strategy coming?
at 22:46 7 Feb 2021

Stevenage/Cambridge
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Change in vaccination strategy coming?
at 21:18 7 Feb 2021

Separate to this - does anyone know what's going on with the vaccination drive? Two members of my family are volunteering at vaccination centres, and both were very quiet today - one closed a couple of hours early due to the lack of people coming to get vaccinated (they are not in areas with terrible weather either). I'd have thought we'd be getting people through them as quickly as possible.
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An interesting but sad read on NK historically abducting Japanese nationals
at 19:31 7 Feb 2021

There also seems to be the view among people I speak to that China is not ready for democracy - they say it might work in the cities where people are generally well educated, but people in the countryside would be easily led by demagogues. The sad thing is that they point to what's happened in the US and UK in the last few years as 'proof' democracy would be dangerous...
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An interesting but sad read on NK historically abducting Japanese nationals
at 17:59 7 Feb 2021

My Korean ex had a similar view.

If reunification does ever happen, I think North Koreans will need protecting from the capitalist system for a few years. If it happens with no limits in place, I can foresee unscrupulous business folks buying up a lot of stuff - businesses and property - much like happened when the USSR collapsed. I'd hope they would impose some kind of restrictions on property transactions for a few years after any unification process.

Personally I don't think an uprising is going to happen. Unfortunately I also think it's unlikely in China - Chinese people I know who have been over here for more than a decade still can't tolerate any criticism of the government, who have done a very good job of making the population believe the government and the country is inseparable. I was arguing about the Xinjiang situation with a Chinese friend the other day and she claims having 1m people in camps is justifiable. I'm not sure if she actually believes it (sadly I think she might) or is just unwilling to admit the government is doing something horrendous.
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An interesting but sad read on NK historically abducting Japanese nationals
at 14:53 7 Feb 2021

What I find bizarre is how many of the Koreans in Japan voluntarily affiliate themselves with North Korea rather than South. The North Korean player at the 2010 World Cup who was
known for crying during the national anthem was born in Japan to parents with South Korean citizenship, but they identify as North Koreans.
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So government has decided that local elections should go ahead in May
at 12:47 6 Feb 2021

They could have delayed the election, but Trump's term would still have ended in January as it is determined by the constitution.

If there had been no elections, the presidency, vice-presidency and all seats in the House of Representatives would have been vacant. The only remaining national legislators would have been the Senators whose seats were not up for election in 2020, and whoever was president of the Senate would have become president.
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So government has decided that local elections should go ahead in May
at 23:05 5 Feb 2021

We could in theory do 100% postal vote elections. It has been done in a few situations in various places. Australia held a sort-of referendum entirely by mail and it had a turnout of 80% and apparently five states in the US have their elections almost entirely by mail-in ballots.

Also didn't realise but apparently in Switzerland everyone is mailed their ballot paper and either post it back or vote in person using it, with around 90% opting for the postal option.
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So government has decided that local elections should go ahead in May
at 19:50 5 Feb 2021

I don't think that's really a major issue during a crisis situation.

The main problem is that by-elections haven't been able to take place to fill vacant seats, or a small number of cases where councillors were elected to parliament in December 2019 and haven't been able to step down yet.
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Out of contract Players
at 15:38 4 Feb 2021

Bishop
Nydam
El Mizouni
Morris

If we're still in League One, it might be worth keeping Wilson Drinan and maybe Cotter as squad players if they're cheap.

Several of the others are youngsters who I haven't seen enough (or any) of to have an opinion. This includes White, Andoh, Gibbs, Hughes and the two Browns.
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Well well well. Flag and patriotrism eh?
at 22:20 2 Feb 2021

I think the issue was not so much with what the party offered differently as to who the leader was. I know people who voted Labour for the first time ever in 2017 (in spite of Corbyn) because the party had some very decent policies (renationalising the railways, free uni tuition etc).

A winning combination (IMO) is something like the 2017 manifesto plus a non-London based leader who is difficult to accuse of being unpatriotic. None of the candidates in the last leadership election really fitted that criteria.

I wonder whether there's a place for an English equivalent to the SNP - not the UKIP-esque English Democrats, but a left-wing civic nationalist party. Even if it doesn't do that well, it could act as a spoiler for the Conservatives by picking up the votes of the type of people that have started voting for the Tories since we started going down the culture war road, or people (and I'm thinking particularly rural people) who vote Tory mainly because they're brought up to hate Labour, despite supporting more Labour-type policies.
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New film The Dig out today with proper Suffolk accents!
at 15:22 30 Jan 2021

A market scene was filmed in Seymour Road.

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Tragic and avoidable
at 10:08 29 Jan 2021

I see from Private Eye that LBC called an actual fascist (a Patriotic Alternative supporter) and asked her to ring in when Keir Starmer was on.

Based on what happened in America and is happening here, talk radio as a concept does not seem to sit well with a healthy democracy, whether it's because such stations are largely about pushing a certain agenda, or because they help encourage the view that all opinions are equally valid...
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What's happened to Kier Starmer lately?
at 23:47 27 Jan 2021

We specifically need open list PR, so you can vote for the party you like, but also effectively vote against terrible candidates on their list.
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