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  1. BigFish

    New Labour Leader

    Surprising in a way, that it is very a sweeping out of Corbyn's gang but instead of reverting back to to the old faces from before this really is a new team. Unarguably stronger than their government counter-parts with the possible exception of Sunak, but even he after a good start has been blundering away so the jury is now out on him.
  2. Current TV contracts run until 2022 for the Prem and 2024 for UEFA I believe, so future contracts are a bit of a red herring. Whatever offering the clubs come up now is a bit tarnished, paricularly cramming it in or playing behind close doors. Sky want football on Sunday afternoons in front of a crowd over months, including Super Sunday. Anything else is a diminished product. The £750 million is gone, question is only about who picks up the tab.
  3. BigFish

    New Labour Leader

    By all accounts a significant number of what you call "Momentum" voted for SKS. It is only in your fantasy imagination where the boogeymen called Momentum live under your bed.
  4. BigFish

    New Labour Leader

    Except it isn't, is it RTB?
  5. BigFish

    New Labour Leader

    My only issue with him as leader is he is a touch on the boring side, maybe a touch too lawyerly. But in winning he will be able to free up a lot of the talent that Labour has that has been sidelined by Corbyn and his coterie. That said after a few years of the current incumbent the country might welcome boring but capable.
  6. BigFish

    New Labour Leader

    Pollard is no friend of the Labour Party, as this piece demonstrates. He and the Jewish Chronicle has had a lot of free publicity on the back of anti-semitism in the Labour Party and it sounds that he regrets this is now coming to an end. Unable to lay a glove on Starmer he instead resorts to a show reel of criticism of the outgoing regime. As it happened Burgon came a disappointing third in the deputy election and RLB was well beaten, not even taking the contest to a second round. Furthermore, in the NEC elections every candidate on the slate of the left, including the BAME rep, lost to Progress backed candidates. Starmer can also replace Abbott, RLB and Trickett on the NEC as these hold Leader nominee positions. Labour has moved on. So should the Jewish Chronicle, back to a barely read local paper for leafy North London suburbs.
  7. BigFish

    New Labour Leader

    Starmer is intelligent, thoughtful, principled, honest, self-made from a working class background and goes by his first given name. He is everything that the current Prime Minister is not. He is the anti-Johnson.
  8. BigFish

    The Brexit Thread

    .......and that is why the clock is ticking on this government already
  9. BigFish

    The Brexit Thread

    No, the point is the government could and should have funded the NHS to levels comparable to Germany. Instead the government made a political decision to fund the NHS at a lower level which is now having repercussions. A level indeed below the EU average.
  10. Sky isn't a charity, and football finance isn't based on sentiment. The Prem will have failed to fulfill a contract and will need to compensate Sky (and probably Sky so their consumers). Any future contracts will go to the highest bidder and Sky knows that football won't cut them any slack for a favour now.
  11. BigFish

    The Brexit Thread

    Perhaps the Tories underfunding of the NHS explains some of the challenges it now faces and why Germany can 7 times more people?
  12. BigFish

    The Brexit Thread

    Farage, Hannan & Gove are economists are they?? This comes from the murky world of Brexit, various right wing streams of libertarian ideology. To that list you can add Hunt and the Taxpayers Alliance and many of the leading Brexiteers in the Conservative party and even the cabinet. They really thought this possible, it is only events that has taken away their opportunity. As for being honest enough to campaign in an election for it, although they happily started propagandising for it, it is these ideas that have led to privitisation by stealth, underfunding, the removal of funding for nurse training, the axing of 17,000 beds and the running of a system with 100,000 vacancies. These ideas cause harm, whether they can be follwed through of not.
  13. BigFish

    The Brexit Thread

    Farage, Hannan, Gove, Institute of Economic Affairs.........just a quick list.
  14. BigFish

    The Brexit Thread

    If there is one thing this whole crisis shows that in times like this there is no substitute for collective action. Even the PM explicitly rejects Thatcher's no such thing as society amidst big state policies of nationalisation and social security. If anything the principles of the EU are likely to emerge stronger. At the same time many of the Brexiteers wilder fantasies, replacing the NHS with private insurance look dead for a generation. Finally, as Surfer says we only have to look to the US for the alternative. There will not be many takers for that model when this is finished.
  15. BigFish

    The Brexit Thread

    Life has certainly changed
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