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  1. Well, what a difference a few weeks makes!! York held a packed fans forum at Huntington Sports club last night... and it was awesome to feel the positivity in the room! Main points were: The Knights will play at Bootham Crescent for at least the next 2 seasons. Pre-season games at Bootham Crescent against London Broncos on 29th Jan, and Hull FC on 13th Feb. The Knights are working with the football club on various potential joint community ventures, ticket deals, club shop and possible office space at the ground. Season tickets are £140 adults, £125 concessions and FREE for under 16s. Match day prices are £15 adults, £10 concessions and FREE for under 16s. Dual reg partners with Featherstone. Ash Robson signed from Cas. York born lad with great potential. The Knights paid an undisclosed fee to secure his release, funded by Squad builder.
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  2. Isn't it strange that when I watch a game as a neutral the referee always has a better game than when I watch a game with a vested interest? I used to listen and shake my head at some of the comments I heard on the touchline at amatuer games. Does anyone really think that a young ref drives a hundred miles to officiate at a game with the intention of having a stinker? He calls a game as he sees it and then is either shunned or abused in the clubhouse only to drive back home with the abuse still ringing in his ears. He must replay in his head over and over the calls that he made, and yes he might realise he made a mistake in some of his calls. But, he was probably right in most. They are a bit of a special breed referees. I wish I had had the inner strength, courage and ability that even the "worst" of them have to show week in week out.
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  3. If this incarnation of the club still exists in a couple of years, maybe then the judgements will be kinder, but Bradfordians have been here before, several times now, hence the unavoidable cynicism about the processes involved and those whom the RFL regard as 'fit and proper' people to run the club. My own view remains that it's bordering on insanity to throw a new club into the Championship with less than a month to prepare, a 12 point deduction and minimum central funding and expect it to do anything other than fail. It's hardly the most appetising prospect to lay before the Bradford public and expect them to part with hard earned cash to watch. But the deed is done now and I hope, somehow, that it survives and perhaps eventually prospers. I want to be proved wrong.
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  4. I would simply go where my dear friends go who I've been around for so many years, as going to watch the ram's is more than just watching a rugby match,it's more like visiting family. Good friendships have been bonded through one cause, supporting the Dewsbury ram's whether in the guise of the ram's or Dewsbury RLFC, the journey we've made through good times & bad times has been a rollercoaster ride at times, along the journey we've had great times we've all enjoyed and all have fond memories of..however silly,the ridiculous slope at Horwich, the beautiful pies at chorley,my last conversation with Mr farrow senior at runcorn, threatened with death at the boulevard, Paul durnin's try at Rochdale, Andy cooper running out at Rochdale's old ground and twisting his ankle before kick off,Greg Pearce missing a last minute conversion at Oldham,the classic 3-2 victory vs hull kr & shutty got sent off,Nottingham at the velodrome, Mansfield and the first ever pub I saw with sawdust & a spitune, the mighty brawl at York,Neil holding breaking all our hearts at headingley, and our hearts been filled at gig lane,so many memories spent with so many good friends over the 43 years of supporting "OUR TEAM " Nothing will ever compare to friends,family & Dewsbury Ram's... Ever.
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  6. There is enough available evidence to establish beyond all reasonable doubt that the bloke was a thoroughly horrible individual.... that shouldn't cost him his life. There is evidence to suggest he was involved in serious top end violent criminal activity.... that shouldn't cost him.his life either. Facts of his death have yet to be fully established. But if he is stopped by the police and goes for his firearm, it's tough sh it baby..... these blokes don't miss and will have seconds to judge the risk to the life of others. It's right such incidents are referred to the IPCC.... but I do not feel the need to protest that the police have stopped and reacted by firing at a known violent armed criminal under the reported circumstances. Unless other facts reveal poor judgements/unlawful killing, I'm quite comfortable with this, which is polarised to my usual opinions of the uk police force
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  7. We are delighted that our hospitality for Capital Challenge has SOLD OUT for the first time in the event’s history. Speaking of the upcoming event, General Manager Jac Davies said: “Having our hospitality offering for Capital Challenge sold out with still a week and a half to go is a true reflection of the event’s quality and of how popular it has become in recent years. It’s a rather unique event in Rugby League and brings together a mix of those working in professional rugby with city investors. Wigan have proved to be a fantastic partner in this once again, and the game should make for a fantastic spectacle” Despite having sold out of all our hospitality tickets, an allocation of match tickets are still available for Capital Challenge via our ticketing partners at Eventbrit Please follow this link to book your Capital Challenge 2017 match ticket; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capital-challenge-2017-london-skolars-vs-wigan-warriors-tickets-30072522725?aff=eac2
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  8. No one has ever been ruled from Brussels. This is another lie of the anti Europeans. We are and always have been a sovereign nation state/. Every Brussels rule will have been agreed and bargained over by our government. Our country has thrived in the EU. Indeed these last 10 years whilst it hasn't been easy, we've done a lot better than most of the rest of Europe. Primarily of course because we're not in the Euro. Those of you who wanted out, well you've got what you wanted. The anti Europe brigade has for years been blaming everything that goes wrong on the EU. Our turn now. Get used to it.
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  9. Until someone at the organisation starts to display some real leadership and management skills, these incidents will continue. Far too much 'jobs for the boys' practice throughout the sport.
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  10. Why would the RFL tell the players, it's nothing to do with them, they are ex employees of a defunct company. The RFL don't know if the new owner (if there is one) wishes to re-employ them all or what the terms on offer will be.
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  11. I'm conscious that we seem to have folk who come on here, who for some strange reason can't be arrised with reading the previous 73 pages of this thread. And so have to waste valuable time composing from scratch their scathing post attacking the RFL and the Bulls for the clear favouritism that is being shown. Therefore, in a generous gesture for saving such future posters time, I thought I would cobble together a standard template for them to use. It is based on the 2,376 previous posts saying almost exactly the same thing: This is a [insert expletive] disgrace! Yet again the RFL are showing blatant favouritism to their pet [insert name of animal] club Bradford. Anyone suggesting that the RFL plan is probably the worst option for Bradford, saying they face a horrid season and almost certain relegation at the end of it, is clearly talking [insert suitable word meaning male gonads] and is [insert term suggesting either mental health issues or self-pleasuring] and can go [insert action that is anatomically impossible] and then stick their argument up their [insert orifice]. No one supported [name of club] when they were in difficulty in [insert year and century]. No-one offered to buy [name of ground]. No one from the RFL offered to help anyone else that was in the poop, least of all [insert name of club, area, region, county or planet]. Instead, we/they [delete as applicable] had to cut their cloth/live within their means/sack the tealady/run naked down the town hall steps [delete as applicable] and if that meant sleeping in a cardboard box in t'middle o'road, so be it. Bradford must be punished/relegated/wound up/shot [delete as applicable] and made to start again in Championship 1/Pennine League/Mongolia/Hell/Wakefield [delete as applicable]. That is what happened to every other club when this happened, and anyone who proves it was otherwise is a [insert abusive term], especially that Adeybull [inset seriously bad abusive term] who seems obsessed with spotting straw men (each to his own I guess...). The RFL rules state quite clearly that, in this situation, a club should be relegated/have all their points removed/have all their bits removed [delete as applicable], and again anyone who proves it was otherwise is a [insert term already used to describe Adeybull, with additional naughty adjective]. [Insert name of club, provided it is not your own] should be immediately promoted to the Championship to replace Bradford, regardless of whether they can afford it/they want it/they are prepared for it/their chairman has got a clue what league they are in anyway [delete as applicable]. Whatever income is lost to other clubs because of removing Bradford should be paid to the clubs by [insert name of anyone but yourself] and recovered by [insert description of medieval punishment, not involving removal of more that four parts of the anatomy and preferably not involving lingering death] inflicted on the Bradford fans. They were clearly all complicit and anyway, and are all moaning how [insert whinging term] their club has been treated and how Bradford should anyway be back in SL/allowed never have to pay any creditors/given extra points/given a new stadium/allowed to pee on everyone else/survive [delete as applicable]. Even if it is proven to me that none of them ever said any such thing. And most of those fans were stolen from Halifax/Batley/Keighley/Dewsbury/Brighouse/Tunbridge Wells/Mars [delete as applicable] so it serves them right anyway. The RFL is a [insert libelous desription that could get the forum sued] and should be shut down because of the corruption that goes on/blatant favouritism/excessive pie bills for the CEO/responsibility for global warming, world poverty, Trump and Brexit [delete as applicable]. It is a scandal, and I'm so angry I have just thrown my teddy out/kicked the dog/trashed my car/hacked the Pentagon and started WW3 [delete as applicable, including yourself for the last option] . I hope this helps, and saves some time?
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  12. Why have the RFL forced this ridiculous upgrade on us without consulting the fans? It's a disgrace!
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  13. Just a heads up. Me and Malcolm Allison travelled down the M 6 today to sign a very experienced player. He'll be registered tomorrow and announced Tuesday with a fair wind. We hope to have a further 3 signed this week but it might roll over into early next . Slowly but surely it's coming together .
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  14. Rugby League has arguably had worse administrators than the current bunch and has definitely been in worse positions over its history, however for me the worst offense of the current board is the fact that they have managed to strangle a lot of enthusiasm, excitement and confidence out of the game. Despite some of the failings Lewis had in his tenure, under his leadership there was plenty of positive vibes around the sport, whether it be around expansion, increasing the profile of the game in Wales, Ireland & Scotland, impressing Sports England enough to get a massive injection of funds, Second Division on TV weekly, etc. The sport had a plan (or at least seemed like it did) which helped draw sponsors like Gillette, Nestle, Valvoline, Nissan, Engage, the Co-Op, Northern Trains, Carnegie and so on. Key KPIs grew, from revenue, crowds, broadcast audiences, awareness, etc. Compare that to now... now despite arguably a massive broadcast deal, the largest professional footprint the game has ever had and well the signing of the most famous coach in the sport, the sport has gone backwards from a confidence and perception perspective. The 8/8/8s has failed to deliver the crowds and revenues it promised, dual registration has caused more problems than benefits, the Academy & Reserve Grade structures are shadows of themselves and we've had consecutive years of funding cuts from Sport England. Throw in retrenchments, especially of Development Officers, cutting of funding to the Celtic nations, international crowds being down YOY and the fact that we almost lost three clubs from big towns with reasonable RL history this year and things sound pretty awful. Now if the current board had strong leadership they might be able to stop the rot, highlight the positives (and there are some) and unite the game to get out of this position its in. Unfortunately however we've seen no evidence of that and that's why change needs to be made in my opinion.
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  15. Looks they're ready to move at last on the refurbishment of the municipally owned Stade Minimes-Arnaune. Tendering process under way I think with start date in April. Project to be completed by October 2018 – costing €10.6M. The two existing grandstands to be completely replaced with capacity increase of 80 % to 3469 (presently 1870). The existing club house to be replaced by a three level structure with sponsors lounges seating 150. At the opposite end a standing covered area of 700. Much needed new turnstiles and changing rooms included as well new floodlight installations. Giving a very compact central location facility of around 5,000.
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  16. And this is why many English are hated in Scotland. Just like when you didnt like the UK being put in ita place by the EU. Appalling sentiment.
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  17. This just trolling really. We have some good discussions on here, and there are lots of people with specialist knowledge and experience from whom we can learn a bit if we take the time to read. I don't recognise the behaviour described in the opening post and I would suggest we don't give it too much oxygen by reacting to it.
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  18. The sooner the rfl steps away from this kind of stuff the better. They cant win. They are getting bashed when they are not the employer. Funnily enough the only positive comment about the rfl i have read over this was from koukash.
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  19. Bullying and homophobia has no place in sport.Period!.
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  20. Maybe we can lend you one,there was plenty on the south stand Sunday against Wakefield 😉😉
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  21. If Bradford are able to throw a squad together in a fortnight, under a new as yet unnamed coach, overcome a twelve point deduction and survive in the Championship this season, as some (non-Bradford fans) are suggesting is perfectly feasible, it makes me wonder why all the other clubs bother with such nonsense as pre-season training. I mean, why bother, if it's all so easy anyway? And why didn't the RFL just chuck Toronto into League 1 last season instead of making them wait a year, when apparently it's now possible to set a whole club up from nothing in two weeks?
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  22. Yes, sorry, I wasn't very clear. It's as wackojacko said. The union game is on Sunday, at Colomiers. The Colomiers president is a sponsor/member of the table ovale at TO. It's 5 euros off your ticket if you have a ticket for the union match (and v.v), not free entry. And the council has now said the double-header is off, because of the state of the pitches, so the Broncos/Albi cup match will now be on the Sunday at Minimes, rather than part of a double header. The news on Minimes looks pretty positive at the moment - seems like finally it's actually going to happen. 2 new stands with a total of 3600 seats, big screen, clubhouse, all mod cons, expected to complete autumn 2018.
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  23. Until the day you turn up to watch a game and there's no ref. Just saying. We can't afford to lose refs - good, bad or indifferent! If they're bad, we need to help them improve, not drive them away.
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  24. I am staggered that they intend to continue as a full-time club. With only £150K of central funding, honouring ST's and Odsal to pay for there must be some very deep pockets here. Who is the REAL money behind this is what I would like to know.
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  25. The scoreboard clock is operated separately from the official time-keeper's clock. The time-keeper sits directly above the tunnel and we're in the control room. Due to being short-staffed yesterday we sacrificed stopping and starting in the first half, but, due to the length of the stoppages in the second half and how close the game was in the closing stages, made the decision to try to stop-start in line with the ref and correct the time so that it was in line with the official time-keeper whenever we had the opportunity. But even then, it's still just a guide. The nature of the software we used for the scoreboard - a remote desktop operated via a wifi connection - means it is unsuitable for official use, so the best we can do is to try to keep as close to the official time-keeper's clock as we can. Once we have the full complement of volunteers back, and the league season starts, we'll try to keep the clock as accurate as possible.
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  26. I'm sorry if this upsets a few but the demise of the Bulls is an utter disaster for RL in this country, to be in danger of losing what has become an iconic brand in rugby league, even if if a new club is formed will have massive repercussions for the game. Apart from the obvious ownership issues, the finger of blame for what is turning into a financial, PR and emotional wreck points directly at Woods and Rimmer.
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  27. The problem is that it just distracts from the real issue. Clubs cant keep blaming the RFL when they go belly up. These are all private limited companies, the RFL facilitates and splits the central funds. They pay funds for things like coaching and Academy setups but ultimately the clubs are responsible for driving the bulk of the money required to make themselves work. I suggest no other governing body has to deal with as much nonsense as the rfl do.
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  28. This structure talk is baffling considering the Bulls' problems first came to light in March 2012 during the Golden Era of licensing.
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  29. As ive said many,many times before.. If all the tv/sky money was put into one big pot and devided fairly instead of backhanders too SL chairmen,sky try ,staggered funding in the championship and league one which has seen a REDUCTION in funding...then all of RL would be on a sounder footing...it could have been split like this SL clubs £1.825m,per season,which is what they get anyway. Champ clubs £500k each per season. League one clubs £250k each per season.. That comes to £31.9m of the £40m a year the tv deals are worth...which leaves the RFL a staggering £8.1m a year to use for developing the sport! You could play about with that £8.1m..give the SL clubs a extra £175k,giving them £2m a year,i understand we need to keep the SL clubs happy...but of course that'll leave the RFL just £6m a year.... Also if championship clubs knew,absolutely, how much they where getting every year for the next 5 years instead of this stupid staggered system,then they could laydown some long term strategies and earmark monies for junior development..its absolutely scandalous theres not a proper under 16s,under 18s ,under 20s/21s/reserves leagues across all the leagues..... Id actually say clubs could only get their full funding if they have junior teams! SL teams should have three , 16s,18s & 20s/reserves Champ teams two, 18s & 21s/reserves League one,at least one, a under 21s/ reserves with a under 18s being optional. The reason its u21s in the champ & league one is so they can pick up SL u20s that get cut.. Theres little wonder sport england funding has been cut when we don't even have proper junior development pathways in place for them to fund!!
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  30. And there's the rub. I lean to the left. I'm a labour party member. But I'm not and never have pretended all that has come out of the labour party is right. It isn't. But the blind obedience and cap doffing to the tories from some defies belief.....
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  31. Should be showing names now, same as the old system. Also, I've changed it so you can 'like' as many posts as you want now, not limited to 10 per day, to try to encourage people to be nicer to each other on here. Spread the joy.
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  32. Perez; "All the oppression (from the dark side ) that it’s (RL's) been under for the last hundred years, we’re wiping away in markets that don’t care about class difference." Go on son.
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  33. Its early days i know, but perhaps the RFL could learn a lesson or two from the people who run the Wolfpack.
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  34. Absolutely. Why are we having brands owned by large multinationals as sponsors when we COULD instead target small local businesses? I am with you on this one, comrade - the last thing this sport needs is positivity around sponsorship deals. How about Wakefield being sponsored by a dog grooming shop? Is that one "local" enough for you, or would you prefer something smaller?
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  35. Yep, we had a vote. We're doing it. The Leave lot made a whole lot about restoring the primacy of Parliament then May completely does her damnedest to ignore it. She doesn't even pretend to respect the convention that major policy decisions should be told to Parliament first. I'm in no way complaining about us leaving the political union of the EU, that's done, my side lost. I am not going to stop complaining about May gambling the nation's future simply so she can shore up future support for the Tory party.
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  36. So to paraphrase... Anyone who voted based on what the leaders of the Leave campaign was telling them was foolish. Glad we've sorted that out then, if a little late.
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  37. Sorry I've trimmed your post, but I've kept your main points. "I thought May's speech was excellent". Get away! You didn't! Well, you could knock me down with a rugby union tackle! "She made it clear that we are exiting the single market, which is obvious to those of us with a brain in full working order given that EU leaders have consistently made it clear that we cannot remain a member of the single market without also retaining free movement of people." The Leave mob didn't say that, though. That was one of the big lies! See the earlier posts by gj and Griff "She said she was open to some negotiation over the customs union, which is fair enough." She has to be open to negotiation over just about everything, doesn't she? Including all those things she doesn't really want to negotiate about because she hopes the Europeans will just cave in and let her have her way. "And the pound had its biggest one day rise since 2008!" Yes! From its lowest point in ages! Whoopee! I'm so excited.
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  38. The only reason I can think of not re-hiring Rohan Smith is that was too expensive. That said it will right royally pisss off the fans. Like me. I am right royally pisssed off.
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  39. No one in Bradford will want it to fail, but asking people to rejoice at a press release is pushing it a bit. We've been here before, remember. Actions not words are what's needed now. This is the key passage for me in that press release: “We are under no illusion of the enormity of the task that is ahead of us and that it is our job to win the trust of supporters and deliver a club that they are proud of." If they do that, then we rejoice.
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  40. Very flattering to be labelled delusional by yourself in particular. If the referendum was on the single market, these Leavers seem awfully confused - why didn't someone inform them that a Leave vote was a vote to leave the single market?: "Absolutely nobody is talking about threatening our place in the Single Market" - Daniel Hannan MEP "Only a madman would actually leave the [single] market" - Owen Paterson MP, Vote Leave backer "Wouldn't it be terrible if we were really like Norway and Switzerland? Really? They're rich. They're happy. They're self-governing." - Nigel Farage, UKIP Leader "Increasingly, the Norway option looks the best for the UK" - Arron Banks, Leave.EU founder They all seem to be under the impression here that a Leave vote is completely independent to voting whether or not to leave the single market. So either I have made the same silly mistake as some of the most prominent Leave campaigners out there, or you're re-writing history after the fact in order to suit what you personally want out of Brexit. Interest rates probably won't go up for a couple years still. The target for inflation is 2% anyway, though clearly you would want this to be demand-pull inflation rather than cost-push. However, the Monetary Policy Committee have a bit of flexibility and don't have to justify their actions (or lack of) to the Chancellor until it hits 3%. Even here, since 2013 the MPC has had a bit more scope to make trade-offs considering wider economic context i.e. growth and employment. As a result, they'll probably act differently to if this inflation was demand-pull inflation, given the predicted impact of Brexit on growth and employment and also the need to counteract any further contractionary fiscal policy, i.e. cuts to spending in order to plug the budget shortfall.
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  41. Yes. That is it. The Republican party has been thwarted from introducing universal health care. Are you aware that ACA was a hideous fudge in large part to get it passed?
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  42. I didn't even know Joe Cobb was gay, then again, I don't care either.
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  43. I wish people would remember that the RFL are not detectives. I was reading sonethibg the other day about the Football League's fit and proper rules used to involve you not having been involved in administration process of two clubs in a five year process. One incident wasnt enough to ban you from football, and maybe that is right. It doesnt always follow that a failure equals somebody not being fit and proper.
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  47. Ok I've nothing to prove to anyone about my anti racist and left wing credentials and I have a healthy dislike of the police, but armed drug dealers are not working class heroes, they're #### who prey on the working class, no tears or outrage here.
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  48. Not putting his business in a blind trust, not releasing his tax returns, not answering questions at all on Russia (even to deny them), shouting about it being a wall not a fence, paid lackeys to applaud in a press conference, acted like he was off his #### on coke. Piers Morgan thought he was brilliant.
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  49. They wear Red Amber and Black - they could borrow our new k ...... oh!
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  50. The PC brigade are milking this for all they can. Also they are ignoring all the evidence that this scumbag deserved what he got! This Scumbag was a violent dangerous drug pusher, who has a history of violent drug related crimes and is a well known criminal. But rather ignore this and call him a local hero and blame the police for it all. The Police have a very tough job to do and are often victims of shootings themselves like the PC that was murdered in Bradford. Why should the Police not shoot a known violent Criminal, that has a gun in in his possession, in a pre planned Police Operation? Its very possible that we could have been talking about the death of another policeman. But the PC Brigade would rather have that than see the death of somebody who was a plague on the local community. As usual, the racist card is pulled to try and defend somebody, who is completely different to the one shot dead. Its a shame and a disgrace that people think its OK for the Police to be shooting targets and not to defend themselves from these scumbags. But the death of a Policeman/woman is not that important compared to the death of a well known violent criminal is it.
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