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  1. Friend of mine - who's a dirty Leeds fan - pointed out to me that Leeds have been top of what ever division they've been in at the turn of the year at the start of the last four decades. 1990 - top of Division 2, finished 1st. 2000 - top of Premiership, finished 4th 2010 - top of League 1, finished 2nd 2020 - top of Championship, finished ?
  2. Fair point. Surprised you're not advocating for Mount Carmel and the Joes. Everyone knows where the best schools in East Ayrshire are anyway 😉
  3. A very good and old friend of mine is the headmistress at Crosshouse Primary, she'll be delighted to hear that you you rate it.
  4. There was me looking for a relatively benign Christian comparison. TBF, nothing surprises me at all about any form of closed society. That said, I think that child sex abuse is prevalent across all strata of society - and in most cases is carried out by family members - it becomes "institutionalised" when particular organisations or societies feel they need to cover it up to protect the wider society allied to the closed nature of these societies meaning its easier for predators to get access.
  5. I think that day was probably the drunkest I'd seen Glasgow as a city. From what I recall most of the pubs in the city centre were full before lunchtime, with a five o'clock kick-off and most people not going to the game but watching it in the pub, carnage was guaranteed. Post-match we went to McNeills at Queens Park for a couple of pints as we normally do. Got the train back into Central about 8-30 or so. Walked up Hope Street and a full on, wild west style, bar fight came barrelling out of a pub just as we passed, including somewhat surreally an active participant on crutches. We weren't planning on going in but if we had, that would've changed our minds pronto. Went for a curry instead then went to Sports Cafe to be greeted by a police officer guarding the ladies toilets and forensics officers in white disposable suits as someone had been raped in there - or hadn't been raped as it eventually transpired.
  6. TBC, I'm responding to your post to add to it rather than countering anything in it. In these particular cases, you have a cohort of men who are - mainly but not exclusively - first or second generation immigrants from rural Pakistan. Their belief system towards women is - tbf - medieval, whether that's down to an interpretation of Islam itself or its something that stems from the values system of their community isn't clear. It also manifests itself in forced - as opposed to arranged - marriages and honour killings. That of course is not to suggest that all people from this community or who hold those beliefs are involved in child sex abuse. To draw a comparison. The Amish of Pennsylvania are Christians but have a particular belief system around certain interactions with the modern world, eg. they won't use motor cars and have certain restrictions over dress, which isn't shared by the vast bulk of Christians worldwide. In their case I'd suggest that several centuries ago their ancestors had a particular fundamentalist interpretation of the bible which formed the basis for a set of rules and a belief and values system which has been passed down over the generations within that community to the present day. Their belief and values system is benign in comparison and largely impact only themselves. These men - because the important thing, and the common factor with virtually all cases of child sexual abuse is that its men - target white girls in particular because they feel they are "lower" than girls from their own community and that they are "fair game", which is in itself racist. They also target girls who are in the care system because they are easy prey, they are vulnerable for all sorts of reasons, not least because they have their own personal issues but also because they don't have anyone looking out for them in a lot of cases.
  7. For those people interested in promoting any form of unilateral declaration of independence as a solution they might want to look into states that have done exactly that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unilateral_declaration_of_independence I think that in the last 50 years, with the sole exception of Catalonia - and we know what happened there - UDI either preceded or followed a war between the "parent" state and the seceding state.
  8. Well you didn't really answer the question unless the answer is "it'll be a constitutional crisis" . i suppose that I was hoping for more of an explanation of how to get it of that crisis and what the end state would be. The problem with these schemes is that they all seem basically be along the lines of "if Westminster won't play ball and allow a second referendum, we'll just have our own vote and then everything will be okay because, err...". The problem with that is there's a real life example of what happens when you take that approach and its Catalonia. Now I'm not suggesting hat the response of the UKG would be to send in the thugs to beat up voters or jail Nicola Sturgeon and Ken McIntosh - that wouldn't be cricket - but nor do I expect them to play fair. The end result I fear would be the same, the UKG would say "Jog on Jocks" and the International community would be "nothing to see here".
  9. And what if the UK Government refuses to negotiate, what then?
  10. I'm assuming he's the same guy that's in the clip. About three or four days before the wedding two years ago, I was in Windsor and thought I'd take a look at what was happening with the preparations. This muppet along with about four or five similarly minded chums already camped out on the street. There were also a couple of American versions as well. Up close, they are even odder than they appear on TV. The irony that on the other side of the road, police were clearing rough sleepers away while to crews from around the world were queuing up to interview this circus act wasn't lost on me.
  11. You always have to take what fans of former clubs say with a big pinch of salt when a player moves. Unless he's very good or very popular comments will usually have their fair share of negativity about them. If it's just a case of "he's shit" you probably shouldn't pay too much attention. If it's "he's shit..." and they go on to explain exactly why and that sounds plausible, pay more attention.
  12. So assuming no other solution could be found, you would advocate wholesale deportation of Muslims from the UK - including British born, women and children, purely because they are of a particular faith and 99.9% of who pose no risk to children. Doing this of course wouldn't stop sexual exploitation and rape of children as there would be plenty of white British men who would still do that - what's your solution there?
  13. Perhaps our Ottowa correspondent doesn't just play the pipes but fixes them as well
  14. So assuming that the SNP or combination of SNO and Greens win both a majority of seats and a majority of the popular vote, what happens next?
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