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  1. The more incidents like this occur, then the more I can see the German peoples patience running out with Merkel and the refugees. Police in Berlin arrest seven young immigrants after they set homeless man on fire http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/outrage-after-seven-young-refugees-9523175
  2. The Telegraph - Record exports of British goods rose by £2.1bn to £26.8bn in October, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is the highest level since records began in 1997, and was boosted by strong goods exports to non-EU countries, which jumped to a record £14.4bn. The increase also pushed up total exports of 'goods and services' to a record level of £46.4bn.
  3. This morning, some news channels like Euronews, CNN, Bloomberg etc positively commented on the report that the British Chamber of Commerce have announced that UK growth will be stronger than previously thought this year, post Brexit, with a growth rate of 2.1%, up from a previous prediction of 1.8%, but they thought that that momentum might slow over the next couple of years with growth of 1% next year, and growth 1.4% in 2018. However, on reporting the same story, the headline on the BBC News page is - 'UK's current GDP growth rate won't last, warns business body.'
  4. And it seems in the South east they are trying to destroy the junior game. (No names, no pack drill) Last week I bumped into a coach from one of the teams down here who runs a junior team . (Last season the RL ran U9, U11,U13 and U15 leagues, and so his team that was U14 - and about six others- played in an under 14's merit league.) In 2017 they will be U15's. He has just been told that its all change this season there will only be U10, U12, U14, and U16 junior leagues and that if his team wants to play they will have to play in the U16 league. That's ok he said, he and a few other U15 coaches will get together and run an U15 merit league for 2017 like last season. He says he was told that they 'will not be allowed' to run a friendly or merit league this coming season and it's U16's or nothing. He's now wondering how he will keep a squad of over 20 boys interested in RL when they won't 'be allowed' to play until 2018.
  5. I thought you meant these 'Men of the People'- "Richard Branson To Bankroll Secret Blairite Campaign." Group include Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour MP Chuka Umunna and celebrities such as Bob Geldof. The group also includes two other New Labour cabinet ministers, John Hutton and Douglas Alexander, as well as three Downing Street advisers to Mr Blair – Sally Morgan, Peter Hyman and Kate Garvey. It is backed by Sir Clive Cowdery, an insurance millionaire. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-news-richard-branson-virgin-group-eu-referendum-a7430396.html
  6. From The Telegraph - After being taken to task by Andrew Neil on his tv program about not having a shadow immigration minister since summer, the Shadow Home Secretary, one Diane Abbott has appointed ..... one Diane Abbott as the new Shadow Immigration Minister. It has not, it is fair to say, gone down well with her fellow Labour MPs. Abbott is not beloved of the vast majority of her colleagues, who see her as stratospherically arrogant, but with very little justification for such a degree of self-regard. Nevertheless, until the party’s current experiment with the hard Left burns itself out in a conflagration of bitterness, recrimination and catastrophic losses in the general election, Labour MPs recognise they are stuck with Comrade Corbyn and his 'Merrye Band' until Doomsday (“polling day” to you and me). In the meantime, therefore, the shape of party policy on the all-important issue of immigration lies in Abbott’s hands. One of her first pronouncements on the subject was that Labour shouldn’t attempt to “out-Ukip Ukip”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/
  7. Not sure whether this article from The Independent goes in Brexit Positive thread or Brexit Pegative thread, (or if it's intended for the April 1st edition) - Richard Branson's Virgin to bankroll secret Blairite campaign to stop Brexit. Richard Branson's Virgin Group is to help bankroll a campaign set up in secret by Tony Blair's former ministers and advisers to derail Brexit, The Independent can reveal. An email seen by The Independent highlights the scale of backing the group has already secured. It shows the campaign has been months in the planning and claims “substantial progress” has already been made, including the identification of “an excellent potential CEO”. The memo was written by Alan Milburn, who was one of Tony Blair’s closest cabinet allies. It reveals the group has heavy financial, political and corporate backing . High-profile MPs including former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour MP Chuka Umunna are believed to have had contact with the group, as have celebrities such as Bob Geldof. Freuds, a leading public relations agency that was founded by Matthew Freud, a close friend of Mr Blair is understood to have been commissioned to manage the strategy and marketing of the campaign. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-news-richard-branson-virgin-group-eu-referendum-a7430396.html
  8. I have heard a rumour - and I stress rumour - that there is a proposal document doing the rounds suggesting new East and West Leagues, where you have Premiership, League 1 and League 2 and merit leagues in both East and West, made up of all the teams currently in all the different CLS, London, Midlands, East, Wales, West and South West leagues. Don't know if its an 'official' proposal or something the clubs have put together.
  9. On the BBC News this morning - UK unemployment fell by 37,000 to 1.6 million in the three months to September, hitting an 11-year low. The jobless rate fell to 4.8% in the same period. The number of people in work went up by 49,000 in October, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The number of self-employed people increased by 213,000 to 4.79 million - 15.1% of all people in work. Average weekly earnings grew by 2.3% in the year to October including bonuses and by 2.4% excluding bonuses. The Bank of England and several prominent economists had forecast that unemployment was set to rise this quarter amid uncertainty over the Brexit vote.
  10. Google commits to £1bn UK investment plan and creation of 3000 jobs - a decision made after Brexit. UK inflation rate falls to 0.9% in October, proving economists wrong again. Both items on BBC news website.
  11. Just been watching the news about the US election. I've been channel hopping, getting different perspectives from different news groups. On the BBC, one of their reporters said something along the lines of "Lets hope that Donald Trump meant it when a few days ago he said when he becomes president, the UK won't be at the back of the line (a la Obama) when it comes to trade deals with the USA". On ITV, couple of minutes later, their reporter said "We'll have to wait and see if we are still going to be at the back of the line for US trade deals, as president elect Trump has noticeably not made any comments on UK-US trade deals." Now I don't know which one was 'fibbing', but I am really getting fed up about news organisations only reporting the news (or telling lies, or half truths) that suits their own political agendas. I am sure they have been doing it since the year dot, but it has become so obvious in recent years.
  12. Always wondered about this 'rumour', did a quick Google and came up with this off a message board on 'UK Indymedia'. Its almost 10 years old, so you would have thought if true, something would have come out by now - There were teams of squaddies they used that we used to call The Runners. They used them at night against the Hit Squads attacking NCB targets. They came out of nowhere and were young and fit, the b&st&rds would chase you all night long. If they caught anyone they didn't make arrests, just absolutely beat the snot out of you. Fitzwilliam Hit Squad But all I'm saying is that squaddies were not involved in policing the miners strikes. I've heard of the 'runners' before but always felt they were simply young coppers. I'm willing to believe you but unless you could point me in the direction of testimony from ex squaddies etc, I would put that down to an urban myth. The truth would have come out before now. Paul I was very much involved in the strike, both as a picket and as a member of the Hit Squads. The Runners were notorious among those of us who used to go out at night, but fortunately I never got chased by them personally. Friends of mine certainly did though, and reckoned they were squaddies, based on their fitness, attitude, language, etc. Of course, they could have been mistaken. I've seen personally coppers in old ill-fitting uniforms, but that doesn't necessarily mean they were soldiers. I've also heard the tales about how a mate of a mate saw his (squaddie) brother there, etc. Nothing conclusive that I've seen with my own eyes, and it's true that there were no shortage of cops anyway. That said, I don't think you can dismiss this story simply on the basis that if it were true it 'would have come out by now', that isn't necessarily the case at all. Tommy
  13. Scottish parliament voting intention (constituency): as of 22nd October SNP: 51% CON: 21% LAB: 18%... LDEM: 7% ​Tories in front of Labour up in Scotland as well
  14. Recommend the four part series 'Inside the Commons' from BBC2. Just finished this week but available on I-player. Filmed over the course of a year with unparalleled access to the House of Commons. Interesting and an eye opener as it follows mp's, civil servants and 'ordinary' people who work there. What struck me was how little power individual mp's have unless part of the cabinet/shadow cabinet and how unfit for purpose the house of parliament building is.
  15. Just on the news - The UK economy has grow faster than expected in the three months after the Brexit vote, official figures have indicated. The economy expanded by 0.5% in the July-to-September period, according to the Office for National Statistics. That was slower than the 0.7% rate in the previous quarter, but stronger than analysts' estimates of about 0.3%. "There is little evidence of a pronounced effect of Brexit in the immediate aftermath of the vote," the ONS said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37786467