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B of E sticking £100bn into the economy
at 12:26 18 Jun 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53093127

Needed, but I look forward to certain posters suggesting that economic stimulus is not the role of the Bank of England and this sets a dangerous precedent.
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Those who were in a pickle over Kinnock
at 11:06 6 Jun 2020

Will be livid when they see this I'm sure: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-hampshire-52939446

Seeing some further details elsewhere that this took place at a holiday home with several attendees, none of whom live on the Isle of Wight.

One rule for us......
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The government are a bunch of sh!ts #274482882
at 23:38 16 May 2020

Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere but I've just been reading that one of the conditions of the government bailout of TFL is that the congestion charge is reintroduced from Monday and then increased by 30% from next month. So basically at a time that they are espousing that people should drive rather than use public transport they are making the use of cars prohibitive. Why you ask? Well officially the congestion charge being reintroduced comes from the Mayor's office and Sadiq Khan is up for reelection and the Tories would love to have him replaced with one of their own if possible. Politics over people once again.
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The guidance
at 08:34 11 May 2020

Within the space of about an hour this morning Domino Raab has gone from saying you can see your mum and dad separately outdoors, one in the morning and one on the afternoon, to saying you can see them both together as long as you stay 2m apart. It seems even the government doesn't understand its own guidance. What hope for Joe Public? This really is a shambles. Messaging needs to be clear and consistent.
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Best TWTD meltdowns
at 07:04 13 Apr 2020

Totally unrelated to a certain poster's behaviour last night, what are your most memorable TWTD meltdowns? Cruncher had a few belters.
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UK could be worst hit in Europe
at 13:12 12 Apr 2020

In terms of Covid-19 fatalities: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52261859

Hard to see this as scaremongering given successive days of 900+ fatalities and a higher daily fatality rate on our worst day than on the worst days in China, Italy and Spain. Bear in mind that we looked on in horror at what was happening in those countries just a few weeks ago.

Considering it started to hit here later than in the rest of mainland Europe, in theory giving us time to prepare and mitigate, that's pretty scandalous. The inquest will come in some months' time but I struggle to see how anyone can think this has been handled competently.
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Lockdown projects/activities
at 10:32 6 Apr 2020

Anyone got anything on the go in particular? I've been getting the garden ship shape, and planning on waxing our floorboards. I've also got a sourdough starter on the go, nearly a week in and after a couple of feeds it's looking pretty epic.
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Excellent from Marina Hyde......
at 07:46 21 Mar 2020

...... as usual: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/20/boris-johnson-covid-19-pri
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Interesting analysis of number of deaths projected
at 07:19 21 Mar 2020

Seems to suggest that some of the figures being quoted are inadvertently inflated. In Italy a lot of the deaths early on were people already in hospital and we don't know how many of them would have succumbed anyway.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51979654
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Perspective
at 09:44 4 Mar 2020

Not the good kind I'm afraid, not going to make us feel better. Just a couple of things that put into perspective how badly we've cocked this season up.

The first thing to note is that back in the autumn we comfortably beat Fleetwood at their place, where they have been much stronger this season than they have been away. It was 1-0 but we bossed it and with a half capable ref we'd have won by more. Last night they totally outplayed us. They have progressed, developed their shape and system over the season, and got more cohesive. What have we done since then? That's the bit that's hard to take. We gave ourselves a great platform to build from, but whilst most other sides have got better over the season we have gone backwards. That has to be on the manager, who spent months picking the team and system out of a hat and passing it off as a masterplan that would make us better in the run in. How's that working out for us?

Secondly, to get to 75 points now - and I think it'll probably take that to get into the play offs this season - we need to win 7 and draw 2 in our last 9 games. That's 100 points over the season kind of form. And we need that to have a slim chance of nicking 6th having been clear at the top in the autumn and having briefly been top again in January. By contrast, Fleetwood can now win 6 and lose 5 in their final 11 games and get to 76 points, which would pip us even if we went on a miracle run.

I'm genuinely staggered at how spectacularly we've managed to implode this season. It feels so self inflicted as well.

Lambert out.
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Surely he's got to go?
at 21:48 3 Mar 2020

Genuine Lambingo line up. That first half was new depths of bad, we didn't even muster a shot. Second half we looked like a non league side trying to lay a glove on a Prem team. All against Fleetwood and their 88 fans. My word. I hope this is us bottoming out.
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Watching Coventry v Sunderland
at 13:31 1 Mar 2020

My word, this league really is toss. It's utterly embarrassing that we don't look remotely capable of getting out of it.
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"The away form has been really, really good"
at 15:46 28 Feb 2020

Are you sure about that, Paul?

I make it one win in in ten league games and that was against virtually relegated Tranmere via a late winner.

There seems to be utter delusion at the club at the moment about what's been happening on the pitch these past 3-4 months.
[Post edited 28 Feb 15:46]
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The season is over, right?
at 14:28 25 Feb 2020

Or is it just me feeling that way? We have zero momentum and whatever length of time up to about 25 games that you choose to take our form over we simply aren't in top 6 form. I'm not seeing any evidence that's likely to change, especially with Jackson and Norwood both out for three big games.

We've left it too late to replace Lambert, it's been clear for quite a while now that he's a busted flush, but after giving him a new contract we couldn't very well bin him off straight away and I don't think anyone would be able to turn things round quickly enough to get us up now with relatively few games remaining.

All pretty depressing but this season feels much like last in terms of just waiting for our fate to be confirmed and seeing what transpires in the summer. Lambert has really cocked this season up despite having so much stacked in his favour. I just hope he's gone promptly so a new man has time to get his ducks in a row before preseason.
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Three quarters of the season gone
at 17:13 22 Feb 2020

First 11 games we picked up 27 points.

Next 11 games we picked up just 10 points.

Last 11 games we managed 15 points.

Without that flying start we'd be lower midtable, we've managed fewer points in half a season than we picked up in that first quarter of the season. Lambert has royally cocked this up. That run from November to the new year was shocking, essentially relegation form, and it was in large part down to him constantly making too many changes to the line up and system. It's still affecting us now as we've basically only had a settled side and line up for the last 11 games and we're playing sides who have had a settled side and system all season.
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Burton game - turning point or blip?
at 08:10 20 Feb 2020

Now the dust has settled after the weekend, just wondering what people's thoughts are? I've seen a few people suggest that it was or could be a turning point that sees us push on for the rest of the season. I am a bit skeptical of that for a few reasons.

Firstly, we similarly beat a poor Accrington side earlier in the year and our form continued to be patchy thereafter. Secondly, Burton came and played quite open which gave us a lot of space to hurt them. Not many sides will do that. Thirdly, Burton were weakened at the back and on a poor run. We know we've got enough quality to roll over the poorer sides in the division, that's not our issue.

On the other hand, we did look more balanced as a side overall. Earl gives us better balance in the back three for sure and Garbutt and Edwards give us much better width than their replacements. Judge played with more positional discipline than he has in a while which meant he got beyond the strikers and added a threat high up the pitch. Jackson and Keane actually looked capable of playing together, which they haven't done all that often when I've seen them, and linked up nicely at times. In their own different ways, they were unplayable.

For me it's very much a case of wait and see. It was a very good performance and I hope something has genuinely clicked. That said, there are some big caveats against the win as well. This weekend's game is massive. Oxford have themselves had a sticky run, albeit they won handsomely midweek, but they're a decent side and exactly the sort of team we've not done well enough against this season. Win this one and win it fairly well and it gives us a good platform for the run in. Anything else and it increasingly looks like a tough struggle to guarantee a play off slot.
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How toxic will it get...
at 10:29 15 Feb 2020

....when we inevitably meekly fall a goal behind today? I have a horrible feeling it could get nasty (by ITFC standards). I think a lot of people have turned over the past week.
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Since mid October....
at 09:46 12 Feb 2020

...... our form has been shocking. Rewind to before the Accrington game and we were on 27 points from 11 games, 4 points clear of 2nd and 6 points clear of 3rd with one or two games in hand on most.

Over the following 20 games we've picked up just 22 points. That's the kind of form that sees you just avoiding relegation. Over essentially half a season. And sides now have games in hand over us.

Our start was so good that even if we'd managed 1.5 points a game over that period, which is usually top half but not play off form, we'd still be top right now.

Lambert has cocked this right up.
[Post edited 12 Feb 9:54]
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The team
at 14:01 8 Feb 2020

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Embarrassing
at 16:54 1 Feb 2020

Not really much more to say than that. Any time a half decent League 1 side faces us we roll over and give them the game. Lambert doesn't have a clue as far as I can see. Norris over Holy? Good one. Lumping it to nobody every time we have kick off? Cracking stuff. We're a total shambles. The only reason we're not lower midtable is that we have a squad with much more ability than most at this level.
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