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Good letter
at 00:07 10 Jul 2019

Sound familiar? If Germany struggles with this, what hope do we have with our much worse and less independent politics and media?



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Panorama? Or Tunnel Vision?
at 11:44 7 Jul 2019

Well, this confirms my worst fears for Wednesday's Panorama exposé on Labour antisemitism.

At a time when we need balance and perspective to get past the narrative and look at facts, instead we've got a journalist who is one of the chief architects of that narrative ... he's already been accused of doing a Panorama hatchet job against Corbyn in 2015 as well as being repeatedly accused of having a pro-Israel and islamophobic stance in other stories.

https://skwawkbox.org/2019/07/07/the-background-of-the-man-behind-the-panorama-h

That doesn't read well. And looks like the BBC will be doubling down on its generally pretty awful and non-factual reporting around this crisis.

The state of our politics and our media ...
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Hope springs eternal
at 10:36 6 Jul 2019

Not even two months after the soul-sucking drain of last season finally came to an end, I'm now excited to see how Lambert's team gets on in a largely meaningless friendly in Germany.

This is a sickness, right?

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Judge Judgement
at 11:06 5 Jul 2019

What do we think for this season? Left-sided wingerish, central attacking midfielder or the wandering role he had last season?

I loved his energy and involvement last season but really wasn't convinced by him in the free role. It didn't seem to help us find much structure or rhythm as a team IMO. And I think he himself ended up trying to do too much and losing his confidence and form.

If he could play a more left-sided role that would sort out that side of the pitch out AND give us better balance/more structure.

Either way, our season looks pretty dependent on making the best use of him.
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Are we feeling it yet?
at 20:56 4 Jul 2019

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There's a surprise
at 20:27 2 Jul 2019

A party politician who is himself closer to racism and anti-semitism tries to make political capital out of the Holocaust:

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The other side of the story ...
at 15:25 2 Jul 2019

I'll not make a further comment on this thread but thought it would be useful to at least link to this which highlights the other view of the Labour Antisemitism crisis.

Watch it, skim it, ignore it, savage it, downvote it. But remember that almost all the contributors are Jewish. Even if they're very rarely referred to as Jewish when they're mentioned in the media or being attacked as anti-semites by the self-styled spokespeople of the "Jewish community".





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How bizarre
at 11:05 26 Jun 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/26/denmarks-youngest-prime-minister-l

Countries who've had a long experience of social democracy, have a high standard of living and consistently come out at the top of any happiness index want even MORE of it!!?

That's insane. They should surely be taking a leaf out of our book and embracing the free market, growing inequality and right-wing populism.


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No sh!t Sherlock.
at 14:43 15 Jun 2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48637484

It wouldn't even have to be a particularly sophisticated or debatable economic model to know this would be the end result.
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Conservatives can never add up
at 08:00 9 Jun 2019

Gove: "My economic plan is driven by the need to increase investment, productivity and wages across the country, with a special focus on helping those areas and regions where productivity is lower."

Solution: Lower VAT ...

Already with the lowest corporate and income tax combination in Western Europe, how is the UK going to increase investment and help disadvantaged areas and regions by collecting even less tax? Magic beans?

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Ipswich signings you were most wrong about
at 19:33 1 Jun 2019

I've been wrong about many of them as it's the triumph of hope over experience where I often hope they can be the missing piece.

But probably Priskin for me. He'd been a star performer and prolific goalscorer in the six months before but almost none of that transferred to us.

Another player that I was wrong about but in the other direction was Marcus Stewart. Clearly a good player at Huddersfield but I thought it might have been the wrong move at first and for too much money. He went on to prove me massively and joyously wrong.
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It's coming again, boys and girls
at 15:34 29 May 2019

Be interesting to see if the hard-core Brexiteers care more about the UK than Brexit itself. They seem to be doing a fantastic job of opening a path forward for Indyref2.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-48435198

I suspect this time around there will be a bit more understanding for the desire to leave Westminster's toxic sphere.
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Rigor Mortis on his way?
at 13:42 13 May 2019

We need bodies through the door and some stiffer competition. This guy is dead good and can fill a hole at left back.

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Interesting ...
at 10:16 7 May 2019

And maybe the start of putting a few myths to bed.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48147378

In my personal experience and seeing how society has struggled to adapt and filter social media, it's adults who seem to have the biggest problem. Not the kids who have grown up with it.
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Positive from yesterday
at 11:43 28 Apr 2019

Obviously there's the other side of this which is negative but I thought our younger players were our best players.

Downes and Bishop looked good when they were involved but there was little team structure going forward or anything up front to work with.

Then when Dozzell came on he showed in a few quick and accurate passes what we'd been missing before then. Contrast that with Chalobah's first time stabby lobs and lumps up the pitch that just gave the ball away.

Getting a structure and some solidity on the pitch (which will mean someone who can lead the line, Judge settling into a role and our defence taking charge of situations) would have made a big difference. Putting Skuse in as a sweeper helped with the defensive side of that so that was at least an interesting development.
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Happy for Didzy
at 19:10 27 Apr 2019

A player of his ability deserves a season in the Premiership sun.

Less said about the game the better
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Anyone know him?
at 10:13 13 Apr 2019

And is he a Town fan? Great story anyway.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/47747129
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Josh Dasilva
at 23:02 10 Apr 2019

Very impressive, especially for a 20-year old.

We were a little random in midfield and didn't seem to pressure Brentford in any organised way so that might have made him look better. But he didn't really put a foot wrong in that deeper midfield role.
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Traitors? Enemies of democracy?
at 14:19 9 Apr 2019

Or are Brexiteers going to keep turning a blind eye to the people who block Brexit?

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47864701
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So Andrea Leadsom thinks a no deal is better than cancelling Brexit
at 13:24 7 Apr 2019

For her, yes.

But what about the country?
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