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Sky News on the that 'world class' testing regime
at 12:27 9 Jul 2020

Yeah, it's awful up here without all those deaths you're enjoying down south ;)
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When will Rishi Sunak get pushed out?
at 12:03 9 Jul 2020

The Tories have been pushing a narrative that the economic tools we've used in the UK are 'world leading' & unique etc., when there really isn't much evidence to that effect.

The German and French schemes for example allow employers to choose to part-furlough workers and have them keep working part-time hours, so much more flexible which meant that the cost has been lower and more convenient for businesses & workers.
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When will Rishi Sunak get pushed out?
at 10:11 9 Jul 2020

Brave post! :)
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When will Rishi Sunak get pushed out?
at 10:05 9 Jul 2020

Sunak obviously has a decent head for figures and is able to communicate well on finance/economics, but I'd be a bit wary of a politician who's only shown competence in one area - tories were generally pleased when Theresa May became PM, and look how that turned out.

I'd add that he also hasn't done an awful lot to suggest he has a good grasp of how as chancellor his decisions could contribute to addressing broader societal challenges.

Having said that, demonstrating a fairly narrow competence in one area puts him streets ahead of the current PM.

Also worth noting that he supported Brexit, which means he can't be that smart.
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Cancel culture
at 12:28 8 Jul 2020

'Freedom of speech' doesn't mean that individuals have the right to demand a platform is given to them by private organisations to espouse their views.

What it does mean is that if you want to criticise someone's viewpoint, make clear that they don't represent you, or ask that they not be supported by an organisation, you can do that.

It always amazes how people who say they care about 'freedom of speech' normally don't know what it means.
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Is England the most corrupt nation on Earth? Monbiot thinks it is Britain...
at 10:18 7 Jul 2020

Yes, I think the extent to which we're indifferent to corruption in this country is fairly unique - most of the time we'd rather look the other way, tut and say, well, politicians will be politicians, probably worse somewhere else etc.
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Is England the most corrupt nation on Earth? Monbiot thinks it is Britain...
at 09:56 7 Jul 2020

Sure, that's not really what Saviano was talking about though.

"...The City of London is the money-laundering centre of the world’s drug trade, according to an internationally acclaimed crime expert. Another expert in Mafia criminology has come forward and stated the UK is now the most corrupt country in the world and firmly pins the blame on The City of London. In addition, every notable financial expert now agrees that due to incredibly lax financial laws facilitated by the British government, the London property market is heavily influenced by laundered money from all over the world involving hidden tax havens, most of which are British."

https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/city-london-centre-global-crime-scene/
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Is England the most corrupt nation on Earth? Monbiot thinks it is Britain...
at 09:40 7 Jul 2020

In the interview Monbiot just reports that Roberto Saviano called Britain the most corrupt nation on Earth, in reference to our attitude to tax havens and flows of international capital. That is something quite different to Jenrick's grubbiness though.

Here's the article on Saviano's argument so it can be appraised on it's merits:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roberto-saviano-britain-corrupt-
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Is England the most corrupt nation on Earth? Monbiot thinks it is Britain...
at 09:27 7 Jul 2020

The £250 million contract for facemasks paid to a firm of currency traders registered in Mauritius with links to one of Liz Truss's advisors is certainly going to be an interesting one.



No idea where that ranks us globally, but there can be no doubt that Trump still has us trailing in his wake.
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So Boris thinks that not enough care homes followed the guidance.
at 08:32 7 Jul 2020

I do love Alok Sharma's strategy for dealing with questions, he's been the surprise hit of the pandemic.

'I actually think that I'll just decide what the question should be myself and talk about that for a bit.'


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The upcoming Brexit disaster
at 16:29 6 Jul 2020

Yes, was wondering that.

You used to get people on these sorts of threads saying come on you sore losers, get behind the country like us, we knew what we voted for and anyway we only voted for Brexit because the likes of you lot don't take our views seriously.
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The upcoming Brexit disaster
at 16:15 6 Jul 2020

It's been a massive failure of our media that so many people are still nowhere near realising how utterly, utterly pointless and stupid the whole thing is.
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Nolan....
at 15:57 6 Jul 2020

Yeah - Nolan, Donacien and Nsiala were on par with the type of player that we used to pick up for free like Horlock, Gleeson, Santos, Diallo, Best, Bru, Tabb etc. etc. when we had more astute managers.
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England Cricket team for Wednesday
at 15:07 6 Jul 2020

I'd have gone with:

Dom Sibley
Rory Burns
Zak Crawley
Dan Lawrence
Ollie Pope
Ben Stokes
Jos Buttler
Jofra Archer
Stuart Broad
Jack Leach
James Anderson


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The upcoming Brexit disaster
at 14:37 6 Jul 2020

Given that there was a ridiculous range of views on what Brexit actually entailed amongst Brexit supporters, the fact that most of the key players involved in the Brexit campaign were simply using it as an opportunity to raise their own profile, and the complete disregard any of them had for the practicalities of actually delivering Brexit, it's absolutely right that remainers should be held responsible for not stepping up to deliver Brexit on their behalf.
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The upcoming Brexit disaster
at 13:49 6 Jul 2020

is actually the fault of the people who said it would be a disaster.


https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2020/07/06/leave-alliance-blaming-the-brexit-mess-on-r
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Full list of players released so far from Premier League and Championship clubs.
at 08:17 6 Jul 2020

Spell number three in the offing for Jordan Graham? Could we pull it off or is he out of our league now?
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Trump or Biden?
at 09:30 4 Jul 2020

Of course it would be disastrous for America if he won, but with those tactics a catastrophe on a far greater scale could unfold if he loses.

Assuming the online radicalisation campaign continues, it's pretty chilling to wonder what his supporters will do, and what he will encourage them to do, if he loses.
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Trump or Biden?
at 09:10 4 Jul 2020

It seems extraordinary that USA is in a position where they either get Trump again, or elect a man who will be turning 82 as his term ends.
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David Starkey - there wouldn't be so many damn blacks...
at 14:00 3 Jul 2020

I'm not aware of anyone wanting him silenced - he can say what he wants as far as I'm concerned, and people are welcome to call him racist, intelligent, stupid, pompous or whatever in response.

But given that he's obviously racist, if I were in charge of a university, television station, newspaper or whatever, I wouldn't want to a) give him a platform, b) give his tepid ideas a veneer of authority or c) associate my brand with his racism.

And if any organisation continues to do so, I'm sure we'd all enthusiastically support everyone's right to express themselves freely on the matter of that decision.
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