Methven Hornet

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  1. Methven Hornet

    Tommy Robinson

    That's possibly because you're looking at it from a right-wing perspective. I'm left of centre but definitely pro-Israel, as in believing that Israel has a right to exist. On the same basis, I'm also pro-Palestine. As stated above, the crucial part of the tweet is neocon. Many on the hard/extreme right support, or claim to support, Israel for their own nefarious reasons. They are not true friends.
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    Our new position in the EU

    That is why the whole "will of the people" over leaving the EU is on such dodgy ground. As an exercise in direct democracy, the 2016 referendum had very little legitimacy. After the 2011 Holyrood election, and after the 'phoney war' period when we were told we weren't going to get permission to hold a referendum, the people of Scotland were bombarded with information about what could be asked in a referendum, how it could be asked, how many options could be put forward (amongst other things). We had the Westminster government, the opposition, the Electoral Commission and all manner of academics telling us why the vote had to be carried out on their terms. And almost all of that advice was ignored when the EU referendum was called. Multi-option referenda - Nope, couldn't happen. Undemocratic. The result couldn't be relied upon as an indication of the people's will. 2014 was one simple question - independence, yes or no. 2016 was the worst kind of sophistry: we are asking whether you approve of this new basis of EU membership we've negotiated but, by the way, if you don't like it we're pulling out. In effect two questions sneakily inserted into a supposedly binary choice. By all democratic principles espoused by the experts above, the alternative to accepting Cameron's proposed agreement should have been the status quo, is remain with the existing membership terms. The question of whether to leave should have been put in a separate vote. The equivalent Scotland would have been Should Scotland remain in the UK with Devo-Max or leave? Written proposal: again we were told, even if that advice was redundant, that people had to know specifically what they were voting for. As pointed out in the quote above, the Scottish Government published a white paper that laid out what would happen in the event of a yes vote. Whatever people thought of that publication, it allowed people to question the feasibility of the intentions, and allowed opponents to attack the proposals. Where was the document that described the process for leaving the EU in such detail? If the white paper produced after Chequers had been produced prior to the referendum, at least the EU could have put us straight regarding specific proposals such as 'cherry-picking'. Accountability. The elected government of the day had no wish to leave the EU, had no plans to do so and effectively ran away from their responsibility. They left a reluctant replacement to clean up its mess, the abysmal results we are seeing now. Perhaps the principle that in a representative democracy referenda are only used to confer legitimacy on a government action should be adhered to in future.
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    Our new position in the EU

    Not necessarily. It is quite probable that remain would top the poll and that WTO would come in second place. In that scenario many soft leavers, fearing the chaos of a hard brexit, would opt for the safety of continued membership.
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    Our new position in the EU

    In the second round the winning option would have 50%+ of the people who voted in the second round. Those who didn't specify a second preference would be judged to have not voted.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Football has gone to a worthy home.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    But why not aim for technical excellence? Or are we saying that it's culturally beyond English/British players? I agree with all you say about Southgate, but having proved that thoughtful reform can bring results why not aim higher? When all is said and done, England have done tremendously well at this tournament and everyone involved deserves credit.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Anyway, I'm looking forward o today's final. I feel as though I should support Croatia as the representative of Europe's smaller nations - and the Croatians I've met at games have been really great people - but then France are our near neighbours and friends. I just hope the football is as good as it promises to be.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    I agree with that although, curiously, Croatia have never beaten Scotland. I was shocked at that when I checked although the couple of games I attended felt like defeats because they qualified at our expense. The cultural aspect is crucial, I think, when it comes to the development of skills and technique. It is so frustrating to hear the comment that footballers are born, not made, or the belief that established players shouldn't have to work to improve their footballing skills. I think this stems from the time when British football dominated (pre-war) and players just emerged, as if by magic, from tough, working-class communities. Football is just like any other activity where physical technique is required. You hear of top tennis players and golfers endlessly working to improve their skills, and I suspect that is the case in many other footballing cultures. England have done tremendously well in this competition, and the players deserve the praise that is being lavished on them by their more reasonable countrymen. But they and the upcoming talent should not rest on their laurels. They have to realise that they came up short, are still some distance from their ultimate goal and strive to improve further.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Bronze, I believe.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    And then absolutely hammered the best team in the world at the time (kinda). Frustrating!
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Don't remember that one (tbh I have blocked out much from that tournament 😀) but do, unfortunately, remember Andy Cameron's "Ally's Army". The lyrics "We're representing Britain, And we're gaunny do or die, England cannae dae it, 'Cos they didnae qualify!" must have seemed so inspired when they were written.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    I'm currently spending a few all-too-rare days in England at the moment (the Yorkshire coast to be precise) and it is wonderful to see the English identity being embraced so widely. St George's flags everywhere! And i can confirm that the few Muslim friends I have in England have embraced the team as their own. It all makes a welcome change from my younger days when England's participation was celebrated with the Union flag.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    I seem to think there was a fair bit of controversy surrounding the 1966 tournament but no one brings that up now. Other than the switch of England's game from Goodison to Wembley, and Russian linesmen, I'm struggling to remember what the problems were - which kind of proves your point.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    It is a very good anthem for all the reasons you state. The "coming home" bit grates with non-English football supporters, but then it's not really written for them, and there isn't a set of supporters that doesn't subscribe to some form of exceptionalism about their nation. As someone who is of dual nationality, I've even found myself singing along - before my non-English side tells me to STFU!
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    the way parents behave at youngsters games

    Fewer.