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The world is fooked
at 08:53 17 Jun 2019

Being realistic about it, Boris is going to be our next PM. The Tory party see him as, somehow, being someone who can win elections against the Labour party and have decided that this is clearly more important than resolving Brexit in a way that doesn’t destroy the country and indeed more important than what is best for the country in general. Concerns about his lack of competence and integrity have been pushed aside in the interests of preserving the Conservative Party and their grip on power. Standard, but depressing nonetheless.

More broadly, though, is there anything more indicative of how badly we’re fooked as a society than Boris and Trump coming to power? Neither man is remotely capable of the job they have been tasked with, both are where they are solely on the back of white male privilege and nothing more. They are the definition of the triumph of elitism over meritocracy.

Let’s start with Trump. The man is a thick bigot, the most fragile egotist imaginable. The Trump blimp triggered him so badly precisely because it was so accurate. He pitches himself as a successful businessman who knows how to get deals done, someone who is not part of the establishment and who has been a huge success. Bigly successful. And yet, if he’d simply put the vast wealth he inherited from his father into a savings account he would be wealthier than he is now. He has failed as a businessman many times over and any mitigating success has come solely because his vast inherited wealth has enabled him to try and try again. His one selling point is based on smoke and mirrors.

He has managed to ride a wave of mainly white working-class discontent through carefully managed populist rhetoric that is as dangerous as it is vacuous. His litany of misdemeanours would make him unemployable if he came from any other background, yet pure wealth and privilege has enabled him to bankroll his way to power. If his followers really feel that white males are being marginalised by liberalism, they need only look at the fact that Trump is in power as proof that this is not remotely the case.

As for Boris, the man is simply a nasty, power-hungry incompetent. Born to wealth and privilege, from very early on his character was marked by seeking power at all costs. Even at Eton and Oxford he was more concerned with gaining power and notoriety than actually excelling as a student, and he was willing to do whatever was needed to get there. Sounds familiar? As a journalist he was sacked for falsifying a quote, a journalistic offence so egregious that it would usually spell the end of a career. Yet Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has been given chance after chance, purely because of his name and privilege rather than his talent.

As an MP he has held one cabinet position and was an abject failure. Not only did he fail to achieve anything at all of note, numerous reports suggest that he was simply unfit for the role; frequently he was not well-briefed, not interested in detail, and seemingly uninterested when attending important meetings. That’s without even considering that he endangered the life of a UK citizen through his own lazy carelessness when talking about why she was in Iran. He still refuses to take any responsibility for that, despite it once again being such an horrendous error that it would cost most people their job, let alone somehow pave the way for them to hold an even more responsible job. All this before we even consider the overt racist remarks, the dog-whistling, the general question marks over his poor character and total lack of any principles (writing two articles backing both remain and leave, anyone?).

Sorry for the lengthy rant, but it really boils my piss that we have these snake oil salesman in positions of power. They are where they are not because of any talent they have, not because they are the best men for the job, not because they have a positive vision for their countries. They are where they are because of wealth and privilege, nothing more. Their sole focus in on maintaining their privilege and on preserving a system that rewards such privilege.

The worst of it is that they are doing so by exploiting unrest amongst the working classes, unrest caused by the kind of social and economic inequalities that they and their cronies are responsible for. And they know this, yet they point the finger at other disadvantaged groups and lay the blame at their door. It’s easy to do, it plays on a base instinct in people to blame the ‘other’ rather than someone that looks like them and speaks their language (in more ways than one). They are backed by the wealthy and powerful in the media who share their overriding agenda to preserve the dominance of wealthy elites, and this simply makes the power train an irresistible force with no immovable object available at our disposal to oppose it.

All thoroughly depressing, really.
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Trump is a classless prick #2654789245
at 08:51 16 Jun 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48651131

Using the deaths of three young people to further a feud? Retweeting the vile Katie Hopkins, whose tweet contains some blatant dog whistling? It shouldn't be acceptable behaviour for someone in his position. If we had any leader with any backbone in government they would take a vocal stand against his behaviour. To stay silent tacitly condones his behaviour.
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A microcosm of why Boris shouldn't be PM
at 08:28 15 Jun 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/15/boris-johnson-failed-to-prot

When in office he had the power to do something and just couldn't be arsed (this is far from the only suggestion that he didn't really do much as Foreign Secretary either). As soon as he's out of the job he's writing a column calling for exactly the thing he could have done himself whilst in office. He's a publicist and a blagger, that's all he is. He's fit to agitate from the sidelines but is utterly unfit for any kind of responsibility.
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This is worrying
at 08:20 15 Jun 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/14/homophobic-and-transphobic-hate-cr

Hate crime is on the rise overall but this is an alarmingly sharp increase for the LGBT community.
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This sums Boris up really
at 08:42 10 Jun 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48577579

No creativity, no principles, just try to buy power at all costs by offering rich people a tax cut. Totally out of touch with reality to offer a £10bn tax cut to the most well off when there are millions living in poverty and public services are in crisis.
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More bad news for UK car manufacturing
at 08:14 6 Jun 2019

Ford's Bridgend plant is set to close, around 1500 job losdes: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/06/thursday-briefing-young-people-loc

Working class areas are getting hit badly by these thousands of jobs being lost in manufacturing, add in British Steel to the losses in the car industry and then associated losses that will happen as a result and it adds up to tens of thousands. Hard to see how those jobs will be replaced. Poor areas will get poorer.
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Pzyrbek has signed
at 11:20 5 Jun 2019

Not sure I've got all those letters in the right order. Just announced on social media.
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Behind the Curve
at 12:13 3 Jun 2019

I watched an interesting docu-film on Netflix last night with the above title. It was really quite fascinating and an interesting insight into how people become entrenched in fringe or extreme positions and end up becoming utterly impervious to reason or evidence.

Some of the Earthers even carried out their own experiments, which were legit, to prove that the Earth isn't moving and that it has no curvature. The experimentd, unsurprisingly, showed that the Earth is indeed moving at the rate that would be expected by conventional knowledge and that the Earth is curved. They ignored their own evidence and continued to believe that the Earth is flat anyway.

Do we have any Flat Earthers on this board? Most in the docu were American but there were a few Brits too.
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Trump admires dictators
at 07:11 25 May 2019

So now it seems he's doing his level best to become one himself: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48404923

Of course, the Saudis are known to be a pleasant regime that doesn't commit human rights abuses or slaughter civilians by the thousand in Yemen. Good guys the Saudis.
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Brexit not damaging the economy
at 11:21 22 May 2019

No siree, it's all just scaremongering. Oh....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48365241

From the article:

"British Steel's troubles have been linked to a slump in orders from European customers ‎due to uncertainty over the Brexit process.

The firm has also been struggling with the weakness of the pound since the EU referendum in June 2016".
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"Man of the PayPal"
at 11:43 21 May 2019

Gordon Brown's description of Nigel Farage. Superb.
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Vincent Kompany anyone?
at 09:17 19 May 2019

Available on a free.
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Further signings
at 11:40 16 May 2019

Moving away from politics, how many new signings do people think we need for next season? I'm going on the assumption that Norwood is signing, Bart or Gerks will be replaced, and the out of contract players are all leaving.

For me we would need another three signings still: another striker (a big lad perhaps) and two full backs. I feel like we're okay everywhere else if we retain the rest of the squad. We're perhaps lacking a bit out wide but I don't expect us to be lining up with wingers next season anyway so not too much of an issue for me.
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Dele Alli
at 22:00 30 Apr 2019

Is he actually a little bit crap? I'm struggling to think of too many stellar performances from him and tonight he was pony, his first touch is terrible at times. Compared to some of the Ajax lads he looked like a clogger.
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Social mobility in the UK
at 11:51 30 Apr 2019

Has stagnated. Given that one of the justifications for the 'fairness' of liberal capitalism is that it offers equality of opportunity, this is pretty damning really: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48103017

Time to take to the streets people, reclaim what's ours.
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Chalobah
at 17:30 27 Apr 2019

Already on holiday.....
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FFS
at 17:22 27 Apr 2019

Keane crocked again already.
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League 1
at 13:20 22 Apr 2019

Anyone else watching Pompey v Coventry? The standard looks pretty whack, and these are two of the better sides. The tempo is relatively high but nobody seems able to actually play football.
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Red button?
at 08:45 22 Apr 2019

Is today's game on Sky via the red button does anyone know?
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Facebook bans far right groups
at 12:10 18 Apr 2019

Better late than never, it's important to tackle extremism firmly.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47974579
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