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  1. PurpleCanary

    The Brexit Thread

    Hmmmm. Who'd have thought the Royal Family story could get even more interesting.* We shall see. *No, this isn't Brexit-related.
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    Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest

    Yes, I wondered if you'd fall into the little trap I set, by saying Allcock had only 'filled in'. In fact he played 22 games in the 1964-65 season in central defence, and pretty much all of the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons, and part of the 1967-68 season.
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    Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest

    Before your time, young Nutty, but Terry Allcock filled in as a central defender when the sainted Watling was chairman...
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    Differential in perspective in PL

    I am getting the impression it won't be.
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    The Brexit Thread

    There was a feud betweeen two American women writers in which one of them, Mary McCarthy said of the other, Lillian Hellman, that ''Everything she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'.'' I wouldn't say that is quite true about Johnson. Not everything he says is false. Just too much is, too often...
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    The Brexit Thread

    To use my favourite legal term, that is total b*ll*cks.
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    The Brexit Thread

    Yes, BF. Indeed. My point entirely. To be clear, because these things can sometimes get a misleading life of their own, what you quoted looked as if it was from me but actually was from Crace, The Guardian sketch-writer, and I was saying how sad it was that was the way politics had gone: And Corbyn is probably also hamstrung by being more decent than Johnson (again, it would be hard not to be more decent than a serial liar) and having an old-fashioned view that policy and ideas matter more than personalities and cheap point-scoring. As evidenced by this observation made by The Guardian's sketch writer: 'Corbyn couldn’t even take advantage of the most open of goals. One questioner asked about personal trust. Here was the Labour leader's chance to ask Boris how many children he had, his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri and his broken promises to family and country. It would have been a slam-dunk moment that could have maybe changed the momentum of the election. But Corbyn blew it. The first half ended with an insincere handshake.'
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    The Brexit Thread

    The Labour position - negotiate a better exit deal (not hard, given how potentially damaging is Johnson's) and put that up against staying in a referendum - is perfectly sensible. But it doesn't make a good soundbite or bumper sticker, which is what politics has descended to. It is also vastly more honest that Johnson's clarion-call soundbite, which is selling a Brexit he voted against - twice - when May put it forward. In essence they are the same proposals. And Corbyn is probably also hamstrung by being more decent than Johnson (again, it would be hard not to be more decent than a serial liar) and having an old-fashioned view that policy and ideas matter more than personalities and cheap point-scoring. As evidenced by this observation made by The Guardian's sketch writer: Corbyn couldn’t even take advantage of the most open of goals. One questioner asked about personal trust. Here was the Labour leader's chance to ask Boris how many children he had, his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri and his broken promises to family and country. It would have been a slam-dunk moment that could have maybe changed the momentum of the election. But Corbyn blew it. The first half ended with an insincere handshake.
  9. PurpleCanary

    PSG Owners To buy Leeds

    It is not the same as shares traded on a stock market. Jim Smith is right that most fans' shares are worthless, or at least that they are not owned with a view to making money, although Jim cannot assume that all such shareholders would be happy to have their investment, however token, wilfully devalued. Equally he is right to make an exception for S&J's majority holding, and perhaps Foulger's. The former controls the club, and the latter might come into play as far as that is concerned, while it might also be expected by Foulger* to have some monetary value, for him or others. S&J passing the shares to Tom of itself would not devalue them. While they remain in the Smith family in some way their value essentially depends on their being the controlling stake, and how a would-be buyer would value the club, based on performance, assets, potential etc, rather than who specifically owns them. *As I understand it Foulger has sold or passed on most of his shares to family members or such like, but has kept the voting rights.
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    PSG Owners To buy Leeds

    A point I have made before, probably more than once, and probably every time Jim has put the idea forward... And that is leaving aside the fact that Jim's suggested figure of £5m would be not so much 'an absolute bargain' as an insult to the intelligence of shareholders.
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    PSG Owners To buy Leeds

    UK governments do business with the Saudis and other despicable regimes because of mega-money arms deals. 'This guy', as others have said, is in effect the Qatari government, and buying football clubs is by way of trying to launder the country's reputation rather than instigating a process of change for the better. So definitely not in this case, but then I would not want NCFC in effect owned by any country. Too many potential pitfalls.
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    PSG Owners To buy Leeds

    Compared to the Brexit thread this is politeness personified...
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    A club without ambition

    GPB, going by the accounts I assume this was a condition imposed by Axa, or certainly agreed by them, although strangely it was not mentioned in the previous set of accounts when the restructuring was first outlined, with 2022 as the assumed date. I cannot say for sure, but generally, after a period in which investors/lenders etc had been keen to get into football, by then this was a time when they wanted the h*ll out.
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    Delia is 78, MWJ's is 78

    I agree. I have no idea whether him as the successor is a good idea. But it very much also cuts the other way. There is no way of knowing that it will be a bad idea. There are any number of questions I would need to have the answer to in order to have an opinion either way. One certainly would be how much will he have learnt about running a football club by the time he takes over. Another would be whether there is an experienced director (Foulger?) still there. They are just for starters. But I would need to know just as much about any alternative successor.
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    The Brexit Thread

    Not going to be another referendum? There is at last one certainty about Brexit - that if Johnson wins with even a small majority then Brexit will happen by January 31 2020, and if there is another ref it will be years away. But if we end up with an anti-Tory/anti-Hard Brexit alliance then another ref in 2020 is a distinct possibility. If so I just hope myself and Bagster and all those other hundreds of thousands of expats who were eligible to vote in 2016 will still be able to vote again as we were then.
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