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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

So Manchester forced into Tier 3...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

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Pete-MK says...
"To his credit, at least he's not resting on his laurels like Hilary did. But it's a tragic display of how broken the U.S. is that re-electing the man who's done so much damage to the country, both home & abroad, is still a possibility."

That's democracy for you, for good or ill...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

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Snaps says...
"Trumps is on record as saying, maybe half joking, that if he loses he will leave the USA.
I've asked this in a couple of places but can't get an answer."

Is this like all those people who threatened to leave the UK if the Conservatives won?

Still this 2011 article from Forbes may give you your answer as it doesn't mention anything about Obama being forced to live in the US:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2011/04/27/obamas-definitely-american-but-could-he-become-president-of-some-other-country/

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Snaps says...
"The prospect of him going to live in Putin's Russia and being pumped for all the information and briefings they say he never pays any attention to must freak those organisations out."

As he's apparently so thick, I would presume the Secret Service and intelligence organisations wouldn't have an issue with this.

On the other hand, it appears that the Biden campaign might (and I say might as not sure if you would count any of these sources as unbiased) have issued a memo saying that Trump is neck and neck in some swing states:

https://www.google.com/search?q=biden+campaign+memo+trump+winning&oq=biden+campaign+memo+trump+winning&aqs=chrome..69i57.9263j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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This item was edited on Sunday, 18th October 2020, 20:22

RE: Liverpool, reigning Premier League Champions, 2020/21 Thread

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sj says...
"A couple of awful VAR decisions robbed us of 3 points.
Firstly Pickford does a scissor tackle on Van Dijk's knee (that forces him off injured) that goes completely unpunished and then an offside given cancelling a late goal that nobody, blue pundits included can see or agree with.
You look at the line VAR drew and can see the defender's feet furthest away are pretty much on the line they drew.
Fuming."

Don't blame you really.

I think we were incredibly lucky as despite it being a great match, you were far better than us.

We were lucky with Pickford and how that last goal was judged to be offside I'll never know...


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RE: The Next Starfighter?

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"I enjoyed TRON legacy!!!! 😢"

I liked it as well, particularly as my son and I watched it on Christmas Eve in a screening where we were the only attendees.

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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

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alfie noakes says...
"All I see is a desperate, orchestrated attempt to re-float the sinking plague-ship of Trumps campaign."

You could be wrong, you could be right...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

It'll be interesting to watch this and see what, if anything, comes of it...

https://twitter.com/alexsalvinews/status/1316635009738973189

It could be complete horseshit (and quite possibly is), and probably too late to be a gamechanger in this election, but let's see.

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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"I suspect I need to have gone to Eaton or been a party donor."

It's Eton, as David Dimbleby knows...

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"But you know, private enterprise is a lot more efficient than public sector. Or is it just a lot more expensive?"

Depends.  Also depends on the numbers behind those percentages as may well be talking about different scales of numbers.

Private sector can be more efficient but can also be appalling in value for money due to a recognised flaw on HMG contract management - I once watched a Parliamentary Select Committee session on this subject when doing some on-line training in trying to gain an appreciation of the subject.

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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Email Matt Hancock or send him a tweet...

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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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Snaps says...
"This speaks for itself and I concur."

Vaguely amusing, but I guess he's not struggling too badly if he can afford to get that sign done...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

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admars says...
"I'm guessing you probably wouldn't report it to the police, in fear of that leading to a "business call"?"

Personally I probably wouldn't report it to the Police if as widespread as suggested, I'd just vote as normal - it's a secret ballot after all...

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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

And lo...here comes Andy Burnham with his personal view on Tier 3 restrictions:


And I find it astonishing that no one thought to confirm this news with Burnham or any other stakeholders once this decision was made...
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This item was edited on Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 19:59

RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

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bandicoot says...
"Sign me up for that anti-covid treatment  :D"

Personally I think I'd rather get COVID...

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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Apparently a mere £3 billion of government money has been spent on private contracts and only the government knows how, to whom and what on."

All of these things need investigation to ensure they are value for money so I'm confident that a Parliamentary Select Committee will be looking at this in due course...

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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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sj says...
"They've had to do it unilaterally as Boris hasn't responded to any of Drakeford's requests.
Like the mayors in the North West are saying, what they thought were meaningful conversations and discussions petered out to just be told."

This is quite an odd juxtaposition as Drakeford wants a complete lockdown and is now threatening Police fines for anyone from the UK entering Wales.  Not sure if this includes people commuting to and from work, such as people who work in the NW of England, which is obviously in Tier 3 as of Monday.

Meanwhile, the mayors in the North West appear to be mixed in terms of agreeing with a 'circuit breaker' as per:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/furious-bolton-council-leader-demands-19102438

It appears that Andy Burnham and some others would like a short circuit break rather than Tier 3, so what exactly is the right approach?  And when do we lift it?

At least with the Tier 3 approach, whether you agree with it or not, there is room for local leaders to increase the restrictions in their areas if they feel it is justified.

Personally I'm pretty torn on this, despite being vulnerable (and now learning that I may be more vulnerable due to my blood group) and following the current rules as best I can.

I don't know what the right answer is and neither does anyone else.  All I do know is that HMG have to balance medical restrictions with the economy.  We're already well past 100% of GDP in terms of national debt, they can only be paid down if there is economic activity from within the private sector.

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RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Could you stop looking at everything through a party lens for just once? Some of us don't look lovingly all cooey eyed at any party, no matter what it promises to deliver us."

Oddly enough I'm not, I'm just asking whether you are.

I also object to the accusation of looking "lovingly all cooey eyed" as I would argue that is not what I've demonstrated over the years.  

I just really don't get the objections over chlorinated chicken, what on earth is the problem with something that the US with a population of over 300m people seem to have zero issue with?  Nancy Pelosi seems to think US food standards are high enough and I've not seen anything to suggest that the abhorrence for it here from people who haven't eaten it in the UK and may well have eaten it on holidays/visits to the US is reflected in the US.  So what is it?

I'm not wedded to the idea of offering chlorinated chicken if it doesn't comply with our food standards, but if it is deemed to be fine there then it should be allowed.  End of.

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RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Depends how much you trust your government I guess. Clearly you do."

Are you talking about HMG in general or is this another Conservative bashing attempt?  BTW, happy to bash Conservatives where warranted...

The whole point of having General Elections is to bring in the government of choice to the majority and if food standards become a big issue (which it really isn't at the moment) then that would become an election issue prior to the vote.

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RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"If it's scaremongering, why not vote for the ammendment to enshrine it into law? Because after Brexit it won't be protected by law.

Why would you not want this to be law?"

Because it's pointless law seeing as UK food standards will already be covered in legislation.

Bit like how everyone is banging on about the Home Office adding legislation for public order offences already covered in existing legislation.  

We don't need more law that can confuse matters, we need proper enforcement, whether that's Her Majesty's Constabulary or the Food Standards Agency...

You'll find the guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/food-standards-agency#:~:text=The%20Food%20Standards%20Agency%20(FSA,the%20standards%20are%20being%20met.

And the FSA has their own website here: https://www.food.gov.uk/

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This item was edited on Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 11:17

RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

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bandicoot says...
"I have never been on this thread, as I am not into American politics.

But watching Trump getting the virus, getting through the virus and looking good within a few days, was possibly a great acting skill, and avoided live debate,  LOL.

At least our PM 'Boris' looked hellish during the weeks he was off with the virus, and his hair was well out of place, a possible side effect, and was most believable."

You lucky sod.

As for Trump, he may well have tested positive and he may fit into the vulnerable category, but we all know that viruses work in different ways for different people.

Therefore it is entirely possible that he was infected but asymptomatic and the virus was eradicated through whatever his treatment was - or is allergic to orange tan (and I can't believe anyone hasn't asked this question...).


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This item was edited on Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 10:15

RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"they won't be able to do this and export food to our main trading block, the EU, because... see the first paragraph."

I'm pretty confident that our food standards are higher than those of the EU.

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RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"The amendment meant that if you wanted to trade food with the UK, your food has to meet UK standards."

I think that's debatable because why on earth would you have UK food standards but allow others to import at lower standards?  That sounds to me like politicking and scaremongering, as is the case with many Bill amendments.  Now, if there was a move to remove or reduce UK standards then I would agree with you.

And you clearly can't be talking about US food standards as only the other day Nancy Pelosi was raising concerns about UK food standards being lower than US food standards...

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RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

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alfie noakes says...
"Sorry, am I missing something here?

Keeping high food standards is protectionism because it stops foreign countries selling us low-quality produce thus undercutting UK farming?"

Clearly, because I simply asked the question based on the quotes provided by Luke Pollard and Tim Farron.

I'm not suggesting either, I need to understand what is being argued before I can respond.

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This item was edited on Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 15:33

RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Can a Leaver please explain to me how this is a good idea?

"MPs have rejected the latest attempt to require imported food to meet domestic legal standards from 1 January"
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54506185"

Depends on if it was pure politicking or based on real concerns.

A few quotes that seemingly tell more of the story contained within that article:

However, Conservative MPs Sir Roger Gale and George Freeman said they would vote for the amendment to remain in the bill, saying it was in line with their party's 2019 manifesto pledge to maintain welfare standards.

Neil Parish, the Conservative chairman of the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, told the Commons that Brexit meant UK agriculture could move in a "much more environmental direction", including planting more trees and cutting the use of nitrates.

The country should be a "beacon" of high animal welfare and countryside-protection standards, he added.

But Conservative MP John Lamont supported the government, saying the amendments were "not in the interests" of food producers or standards and would be "bad for trade".

Party colleague Anthony Mangnall said there had been a "huge amount of fear-mongering" over the importation of chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef, and that "has to stop".

In the Commons, Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Tim Farron said the controversy over chlorinated chicken was not "about the quality of food" but the "integrity of our farming industry".

For Labour, shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard said this was a "crucial moment for British agriculture", adding that high standards could all be "thrown away".

He urged the government to "show some leadership" and "back British farmers".

The bill must include guarantees that UK farmers would not be "undercut" in post-Brexit trade deals, Mr Pollard said.

So...is it about food standards or protectionism?

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RE: #PremierLeagueIsCorrupt - pay per view football

I don't get why they're doing this.

The good thing is that they've proven they can deliver extra matches during lockdown so this should be the way forward.

I don't mind paying a bit extra but their pricing structure needs review.  I think there will be plenty of people who still want to go to see the match live and get that matchday experience, but stadiums only have so many seats - think of all those home and particularly away supporters who can't get a ticket.

Not to mention armchair supporters like myself who would love a digital season ticket (well, this season anyway)...

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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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Snaps says...
"World beating please.
Let's stay on message."

Beats banging on about 1966...

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RE: [VIDEO] Everton 2020/21 Season...

Don't know where else to put this, but it's a great story and has an Everton connection...

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/oct/07/surviving-death-learning-scouse-incredible-jacob-viera-fabrice-muamba-klabu?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other


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This item was edited on Friday, 9th October 2020, 06:06

RE: Lefty Do good lawyers

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Jitendar Canth says...
"I’d rather the courts reflect the law and justice than the fickle whims of society. That ways lies miscarriage of justice."

I think we can agree on that.

For me it's about ensuring that those who are accused of breaking the law are proven beyond reasonable doubt to be guilty and that their sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime.  It's this latter, I think, where the Judiciary are letting themselves down in some cases - you only have to look at the outcome of the Andrew Harper case to see this, although as with everything in law it's about interpretation and argument.

I don't believe in detention without charge.  Remember the Blair government's attempt to increase to 42 days for terror offences?  The original intention was 90 days, leading to his first bloody nose in the form of a Parliamentary defeat in 2005.  That's wrong in my book.  You want to detain someone, you charge them.  Leaving them in limbo is not justice in my book.

I don't believe in the death penalty either.

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