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  1. Don’t all managers play their favourites, isn’t that what the job is all about, playing the players that they think are the ones best for a game? I’d be more worried about a manger that played players that other people thought were better - which is what you really mean, I suspect, that he didn’t play the players *you* thought he should do.
  2. So have both St Johnstone and Rangers now won more major trophies in the last 10 years than Aberdeen?
  3. Most almost certainly are, however we know from polling that a significant minority - a quarter to a third - would vote Yes in a referendum. At this point, all it looks like Labour has done is to get back some of the votes they lost to the Tories in 2017 which has pushed them ahead of the Tories. If Labour want to move forwards, they need to keep these voters on board and they also need to try and win back some of the much larger group of voters they’ve lost to the SNP since 2007.
  4. I think you’re right but it’s not that Rangers are a defensively set up team but rather that a big part of Rangers attacking shape involves both full backs getting forwards - a stock goal over the last couple ofyears has been a cross from Barasic and Tavernier on the far post. Unless you have the two anchors in midfield, that’s going to leave you completely exposed.
  5. She’s wrong. Republic of Ireland as an example. At the last election, SF had the highest vote share but underperformed in seats as they didn’t stand enough candidates. They had ones seat less than FF who did a deal with their erstwhile rivals FG to keep SF out.
  6. Long standing posters might be interested to know that one of the Independent councillors supporting the Tory administration in South Ayrshire is Bob Shields, once of this parish and part owner of the Tartan Army brand.
  7. First of all, it’s no a totally different argument. You’re moaning about a proportional electoral system which means that unless a party receives in excess of 50% of the vote they aren’t guaranteed to form an administration. You similarly don’t seem to like one which will give a party with less than 50% of the vote an overall majority, so I’m not really sure what you do want. If there’s a lesson here for the future, it’s not that it’s a waste of time voting for the SNP, it’s rather that if you’re a Labour voter that holds to the supposed progressive values of that party and then sees them in partnership with the Tories that maybe you should look for another party to vote for because you were lied to before the election. I doubt that the majority of these alliances will last very long anyway as I think the minority administrations will find it too difficult.
  8. So you’re totally happy with the Tories having 56% of the seats in Westminster from 43.6% of the vote?
  9. People need to remember that STV is a system that is designed so that no party has overall control and that coalitions and alliances are a natural part of that system. The largest party has no divine right to form an administration. Democracy is not denied. What is wrong in this case though is Sarwar trying to gaslight the public by claiming that they’re not doing deals when they’re doing exactly that. The other problem is that by going on constitutional lines they are helping no-one as that has zero bearing on the operation of local councils. All the parties and media have a share in the blame for trying to cast the local elections as some sort of big polling exercise on the constitution. I think Labour in particular have walked into a bear trap here.
  10. Going on for years you say, this SNP government have had seven weeks to sort out Nat Rail, tell that to the good people of Dunbar. Apparently a load of new drivers going through training - which had to be suspended because of Covid. How long do you think it will be until the train drivers will be complaining about a lack of overtime and going on strike because of that. Still, good to see the Tories so supportive of the right workers to withdraw their labour.
  11. Lee Johnson seems to be one of these managers that *some* people seem to think highly of despite there not being much evidence to support that.
  12. I'm not going to be hypocritical, while I wanted Aberdeen and Dundee Utd to win, I didn't want Celtic to win in 2003. I didn't wank myself off all over the internet when they lost though.
  13. Football is very often a game of fine margins and last night was one of those occasions. Didn’t think there was much between the teams. I don’t think Rangers played badly, more that they were matched by a team that was capable of closing down the flanks, which is where Rangers attacks tend to develop. Kent could’ve won it at the death but I thought the defender probably did enough to make it more difficult for him and put him off and it was a great save from Trapp, Frankfurt similarly could think themselves a bit unlucky as they had chances as well. Both goals were as a direct result of a defensive error. Penalties probably the fairest outcome, although I don’t think either team sat back and played for them which was good. Nine unsaveable penalties and one poor one. Sometime that’s football. Edit. Watched the game in the pub last night with a couple of mates, one of who is an Arsenal fan. All game he was going on about “why isn’t Ramsay on” and “get Ramsey on”. He was very apologetic at the end.
  14. Pretty sure that when McCann sold up he effectively sold his shares to fans rather than to any single investor.
  15. Different set of circumstances but sort of linked. When Liverpool won the CL in 2005, they qualified as holders for the following year’s tournament. However, they’d finished outwith the top four. This meant that there would be five English clubs in the CL, a situation which EUFA hadn’t foresaw and there was a bit of going and froing and eventually they allowed that for that season only and changed the rules so that if a team qualified for the CL through winning it and they hadn’t also qualified through their domestic league, the lowest place domestic qualifier would drop down to the EL. In 2012 when Chelsea won the CL, they’d also finished outwith the top 4 and so Spurs dropped out, which kind of was the icing on the cake.
  16. Err, they didn’t vote for border checks, they were told there would be no border.
  17. The issue with Thatcher - despite her, or more accurately her party now - is that they’re political rivals, however there’s also the fact that rather than helping other women to advance, Thatcher is generally considered to be someone who pulled the ladder up after her. An independent Scotland will be a member of NATO, you might not like that but that’s certainly SNP policy and I suspect would be the view of the majority of the electorate. Trident is a different issue - I am personally opposed - but I wouldn’t like to predict what might happen in any future negotiations. It’s the only thing that I could see splitting those in favour of independence in the same way as the Brexit negotiations split the Brexiteers. It could be our NI protocol.
  18. All countries act in their best interests. That said, Obama has subsequently admitted that he made those statements as a favour to Cameron. Given the relationship between the current administrations in Washington and London, I don’t expect a repeat performance. similarly, I don’t expect Joe Biden to come out with a kilt on shouting Freedom before any vote. Afterwards is when having friends in power in Washington will help. The key thing in the immediate aftermath of a successful vote to turn that into reality, is for international recognition to put pressure to bring the UKG to the table to start negotiations. We’ll need friends wherever we can find them. FWIW, I think that when Sturgeon talks about how she admires someone like Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Merkel, etc., it’s less about the detail of their politics but more that they’re women who have risen to the top, and I think that gets reciprocated.
  19. Which international agreement do you want to breach, the one signed in 1998 or the one signed in 2020? It was obvious in 2016 that anything other than a soft-Brexit and retained membership of SM/CU would cause problems for the GFA. The reason for that was that the GFS was at its heart a compromise which allowed someone who lives in NI and who considered themselves as Irish to be able to live their day to day lives in as much the same way that someone who considered themselves British. The apparatus that underpinned that was the EU, specifically freedom of movement guaranteed all those rights in law on both sides of the border at that point the border came down. I can recall trying to explain that to people in England at the time and being met with either blank looks or it all being hand waved away. I see that Boris Johnson finally admitted the truth yesterday in an interview with Channel 4, that he signed the agreement because he thought that there would be a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach from the EU and everyone would live with the smuggling.
  20. Third most important politician in the most important country in the world so someone it’d be good to have on your side.
  21. That take on NI Unionism is pretty much way off the mark. Unionists in NI don’t trust the UKG one inch and that’s not just the current incumbents, for pretty much the last 150 years or so since - initially- Home Rule for Ireland started being touted Unionists have been distrustful of the UK government and parliament, that’s their default position. The DUP haven’t lost control in Stormont, they never had control in the first place. Post the Good Friday agreement, the law states that there has to be a Unionist/Nationalist coalition. For the past 20 years or so, Sinn Fein has had as much power in Stormont as the DUP has. The motivations for NI Unionists are very different from Scottish Unionists and are rooted in history and reflective of how the different constitutional arrangements came into place. This is a very simplistic definition of a complex mindset but the main motivation for Unionists in NI has been about security first and foremost, for their Scottish counterparts it’s is about the economy. That’s why the DUP and other hardliners have no problem with burning the house down economically if they have to. It would be a mistake to try and conflate the two.
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