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  1. I see the Brexit deal called A massive capitulation by Britain. A stunning victory for Ireland and the EU (paywall) Still eerily silent from the red-white-and-blue-Brexiteers;.... had a peek at the Sunday Times, Rod Liddle is frothing about a fantasy European superstate and Dominic Lawson (usually crowing/ranting about Brexit) nowhere to be seen at all. So hard to tell whether they think it's a capitulation or not.
  2. ...meanwhile Ayr United i think just won eight games in a row
  3. Apparently Kilmarnock's first home league win of season (5-1)
  4. Yes, though it could show how things are actually politically more fluid than seemed possible: all the bluster of the UK Govt about sticking it to the EU, about walking away from a deal, etc is exposed as just bluster; they were desperate for a deal and agreed to just about everything the EU wanted in order to even start trade talks. So it makes it much harder for a future UK government to say we're going to walk away from trade with the Jocks, we'll put up a hard border etc. Put another way, the most seismic geopolitical change of Brexit is maybe not feeling so scary, so the prospect of jumping off the cliff of independence is maybe not quite so scary either. Also, the clear enactment of EU solidarity with Ireland shows that there is no reason to feel the continental bloc could not be on our side, just because we are 'small and far away'
  5. There's an eery silence on this. Surely the deal means a default of a customs union, never mind implications for single market, freedom of movement...? Where are the howls of outrage frm the Mail and Express? Is it damage limitation? All we hear is Michael Gove now saying (in effect) the British electorate can vote for a harder Brexit at the next general election. This surely implies he's lost the battle, it's face saving dreaming of a better future next time, it's the kind of things Yesser putting a brave face on it could have said on 19th sept 2014: we accept the status quo for now but we can always vote differently in future.
  6. Sounds like the end of the road for hard Brexit. At the same time, this latest deal means actual leaving of EU more likely than ever. There is probably a majority acceptance that the EU referendum result (narrow leave) leads us to this. Surely a huge turning point. Theresa May must be strengthened, and probably Ruth Davidson (without having to actually do or risk anything personally). Meanwhile surely it's the end of Boris Johnson. He can never match the ideologues of the right, while, if you want a pragmatist centrist you have any number of Tory ex remainers ready to step forward and be part of the solution. Johnson and Gove are so 2016.
  7. So with the latest UK/Ireland/EU agreement, it looks as if we're almost back to June 2016, in the sense to the SNP arguing that if we can't stay in the EU then at least stay in the single market and customs union, as a solution short of pursuing independence. It finally establishes the principle of no hard border between UK and the EU, so removes the threat of hard border with an indy Scotland in Europe. Even if indy Soctland not in Europe, hard to see why Britain (who needs non EU friends like never before) would put up a hard border with its other land neighbour... while this may have always been likely outcome, it's much harder to bluff that it would be otherwise. It looks as if a hard brexit has been thwarted but an actual Brexit (leaving EU) looks more certain than ever. In a sense this could diffuse the tension between pro and anti brexit Yes supporters, and so in another sense almost take us back to June 2016 before that particular split...
  8. I'm trying to be positive about 'Scottish teams in Europe' but Celtic's run seems to be about as sapping of enthusiasm as imaginable
  9. ...and not far away, where the first international match was held
  10. I came across this one today
  11. Thanks. Actually I was trying to avoid getting entangled in what the system 'should be' but FWIW I agree there's a logical case for saying you should have to pay for iPlayer because you're helping fund BBC content. However by the same logic you should not have to pay for watching commercial TV - I'd happily watch only non BBC TV ifby doing so I could avoid the licence fee. In this case I think watching iPlayer legally without a licence is similar morally to listening to BBC radio - it's not parasitic but a matter of cross-subsidy paid for by people who want old-fashioned 20th Century telly. And yes the scenario I'm on about is someone turning up who has their own licence elsewhere and registered with iPlayer, letting you watch their laptop, in a property where you personally have no licence. I think it's hard to imagine there is anything legally in place to stop that happening - it's easier to imagine the download/watch rule applying (only) to a device. I suspect the TV licensing people are deliberately misleading us here - that's me presuming guilt in return.
  12. and finally... (!?)
  13. love it or loathe it?
  14. not necessarily 'great' but they could have been made for each other...
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