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  1. Who would you replace? Certainly not Barry Williams, would struggle to put him in ahead of brad hepi, Simon Knox or Stewart Rhodes too. Good player though and further evidence of the strength of our alumni.
  2. I really enjoyed putting that team together and was pleasantly surprised at how strong the final line up was
  3. Apologies to my favourite halfback combo of Steve Langton and Dean Carroll. Also to Garry Peacham. Others I have omitted include Gary Charlton, most of the 81-83 players as I just don't remember them well enough, Steve Brierley (trailblazer for local talent), Yanto, Garry Murdoch, Matt Lynch et al
  4. This is pretty much spot on what I was thinking. Would have Precky and Ledger on bench along with Andy Platt and James Roby
  5. Carlisle 1 Willie Richardson 2 Mark Doyle 3 Kevin Pape 4 Dean Bell 5 Joe Bardgett 6 Tane Manihera 7 Clayton Friend 8 Colin Buck Armstrong 9 Danny Russell 10 George Graham 11 Hitro Okesene 12 Simon Knox 13 Barry Williams 14 Steve Georgallis 15 Richard Henare 16 Malcolm Thomason 17 Stewart Rhodes
  6. I don't sing the national anthem or land of hope..., in the former case because it is a dirge about respecting a monarchy that I feel should be removed in the latter because it is colonial jingoistic nonsense. I love the tradition of abide with me and sing it at the cup final etc
  7. On the one hand you have community activists helping a demoralized group of bereaved and homeless people understand their rights and help them to achieve justice. On the other hand you have a shameless group of opportunistic Trots that are seeking to exploit the victims in the hope of fomenting revolution. The same people in the same situation, the only difference is perspective.
  8. Given the historical links between Labour and the SDLP it would be very difficult for them to form an alliance with the DUP. The tories would also find this more difficult if the UUP hadn't imploded. Talking to a party that are obviously touting themselves around as the source of stability for the union is sensible- after all at the time power sharing at Stormont was going well. Now it has collapsed and jumping into bed with them is indubitably a dreadful idea
  9. I will pay you the credit of assuming you are disingenuous rather than just dim, the last 7 years haven't seen the Tories needing to be propped up by the DUP to get budgets through or a strong likelihood of a return to direct rule (following a DUP corruption scandal). That's why this is different
  10. For the avoidance of further misunderstanding; Talking to people that can help bring an end to a conflict is surely a good thing, if you share common aims with them it facilitates that conversation. Being in favour of a United Ireland is an entirely sensible view as we should be out of Irish politics completely now. Putting the fragile peace process at risk by breaking the Good Friday agreement and putting the British government in a position where it HAS to favour one of the NI political parties means direct rule has become considerably more difficult if Stormont cannot be resumed, that to me is much more irresponsible
  11. As a party, they would immediately lose credibility if they took up their seats at Westminster, it is quite controversial that they take seats in stormont. If SF were to lose that credibility, their mandate would not transfer to the SDLP but to the micro groups allied to dissidents.
  12. There are numerous examples of DUP politicians past and present appearing on stage with loyalist thugs, plus there was their pro apartheid stance in the 1980's, these people are the local equivalent of the Tea Party with red hands instead of confederate flags. They are an embarrassment to these islands and I would happily see 're-unification postponed to keep them on that side of the Irish sea. The DUP obstructed the peace process for years before deciding that was a strategic mistake as they were losing votes to the UUP. Paisley realised that Martin McGuiness was a fine politician that had considerable local support and great charisma, better to work with him than be punished for bringing stormont down.
  13. On a wider note, Labour won back votes in its heartlands from UKIP that were expected to go straight to the Tories. Those votes would have been lost if a smooth pro-remain candidate such as Chuka Umunna had been standing. Similarly there would have been no increase in the youth vote or revival in Wales or Scotland. Whether Labour stick with Corbyn for 2022 if this government lasts that long is debatable, a more centrist candidate might be needed by then, but Labour would have been annihilated under pretty much any other leader. They put together a coherent popular and costed manifesto that put May on the back foot from day 2.
  14. Sinn Fein have a logical position that as Irish republicans they do not wish to be part of British institutions. They face huge opprobrium from dissidents within republicanism for going into government with the DUP, I would argue they have taken far more tangible risks for the peace process than the DUP.