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  1. PurpleCanary

    President Trump

    This thread is the place to discuss anything to do with the above-mentioned. I am starting it because posters have been clogging up the Brexit thread with points for and against. Rightly or wrongly the Brexit thread started on the football section, but has justifiably stayed there because it is plainly relevant to posters. Trump will no doubt delight and appal over the next four years, in many ways. So post about it here, rather than taking the Brexit thread off track.
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    The Brexit Party

    Agreed. There is no good Brexit, but this is more economically damaging than May's, and that was bad enough. That said, there will be a general election soon, and it is possible that this Uber-Hard Brexit political declaration could get significantly softened by a Labour or anti-Tory coalition government. I am with Ricardo as far as a referendum is concerned. I doubt there are the votes for that, but Brexit has made fools of many predictions.
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    The Brexit Party

    No, but if MPs vote down this deal and Juncker still says there should be no extension then I can pretty much guarantee some countries will agree and use their veto. Whereas if Juncker says there should be an extension some might still veto.
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    The Brexit Party

    Perhaps I underestimated the chances of a veto, given what Juncker has just said! There is a possible get-out for him, if the deal gets voted down, but I must say I am surprised he has come out quite so bluntly, even though I knew the EU collectively was totally p#ssed off with the delay and MPs being unable to make up their minds. But even if Juncker is envisaging that his choice of words leaves room for a get-out to allow another extension, that is no guarantee all 27 will be in favour. He cannot control that, and it doesn't take much to imagine some leaders quoting his words right back at him as a very good reason for vetoing.
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    The Brexit Party

    Increased but not necessarily probable. If this deal gets voted down by MPs then today's events will have done nothing to change the default position, which is that sooner or later the UK will leave the EU, even if an extension is granted, or even a whole string of them, unless MPs vote for an alternative, whether that is Revoking Article 50 or accepting a deal the EU has already agreed or one it is willing to agree to. There could be a majority for Revoke (I think there would) with this set of MPs if that was set against solely No-Deal, but until now the anti-No-Deal vote has been split between those wanting to Remain and those wanting a deal, because that latter option has never been closed off.
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    The Brexit Party

    I think the chances of someone vetoing have increased. After all, there is no more the EU can offer that would make a difference, and there is no guarantee an election would change the parliamentary arithmetic enough to make a very different kind of deal - the UK staying in a CU for example - feasible. If it came to it, between those three current options, a guess would be this deal. Between No-Deal and Revoke, Revoke.
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    The Brexit Party

    If the DUP don't come on board then it will fail. If they agree then I imagine the vote would be very close; Too close to call. One factor that could swing the vote Johnson's way would be if the EU makes it plain that it is either this deal or a No-Deal. If there ever was a chance of the EU agreeing to another extension for more talks then the events of the last few days have definitely ended that. An extension now would only be for a general election.
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    The Brexit Party

    I don't know if this is the endgame or another hiccup, but of all the surreal aspects of Brexit this is the most revealing. Whether Brexit will happen or not could well depend not on the fundamental issue that should be decisive - is leaving the EU a Good Idea or a Bad Idea - but on whether enough pork-barrel concessions and bribes can be thrown the way of 10 MPs from a dog-in-the-manger fringe party.
  9. Neil was given much more time than some were allowing Farke, and that is without taking into account the likelihood that the latter would need time to adjust to English football and get his philosophy across. If Smith and Jones have a fault it is a generally good one, of not sacking managers at the first sign of trouble. Sometimes (as with Worthy) it can mean a failure is kept on too long, but there is the upside that would-be managers know they have some time to get it right.
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    The Brexit Party

    Hmm. Too early to be definitive, I would think.
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    The Brexit Party

    I am sorry but that kind of cynicism is out of place. The DUP has made it admirably clear today it is sticking solely on a principle and cannot be bought off with mere money. After all, have you forgotten how May offered a bribe of £1bn and the DUP rejected that out of hand, refusing on Northern Ireland's behalf to have the money spent there, no matter how beneficial it would have been?
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    The Brexit Party

    If the DUP scuppers a deal this will have implications for Johnson's election strategy. It will be harder for him to blame the EU when it will be so plainly those 10 MPs who were the problem. No doubt Johnson will still try the tactic, but it will lack the credibility it would otherwise have had.
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    The Brexit Party

    The mood music/signs seem very mixed as to whether a deal is likely. But the question is whether the DUP would vote for what seems to be in the possible offing. If the DUP is happy (a guess would be that they will not be) then the ERG will be happy, which goes a fair way to Johnson getting a majority. But far enough? Either way, this does not look to me like a BRINO.
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    Our summer business

    Nutty, I was following it in L'Equipe and other French sites and I think it was pretty substantiated. I don't think it cost us getting another central defender, for example, in the way that the failure to land Koulibaly from Napoli ( assuming it was him) in that mishandled window did. There we seemed to gamble everything on getting in a really high-class player, rather than settling for a bit of an upgrade, and when it fell through at the last minute we had no time to get in anyone at all, leaving us short. My impression (only an impression) here is that we were happy with the squad as it was, including the defenders, but saw a chance to get in a really promising attacking player as a kind of luxury purchase. If it worked, fine. If it didn't, a shame but no more than that.
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    The Brexit Party

    But not before I got Hillary Clinton to store the whole thread on her private email server, just in time, for the sake of posterity, and to provide fun group reading at our global-elite meetings and on long carbon-neutral train journeys to Stockholm and back, co-ordinating acitivist initiatives with Greta.
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    The Brexit Party

    Oh if only it was that simple!
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    What on earth does - Error code: 2F173/O - mean....

    CM, I could answer that question (in quite some detail...) but then this thread would also disappear!
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    football quiz - grounds

    Aston Villa Evocative image of the rows and rows of terraced houses.
  19. The Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar group of the German Oberliga. Kaiserslautern II to win at home against Mechtersheim. Kaiserslautern II, second, have a 4-1-1 and 14/6 home record. They have won their last five, with a 15/0 goal difference. Mechtersheim, bottom, are 0-0-6 and 4/16 away. They are not gettng beaten heavily but have lost nine of their last ten. The odds are 1/5. --- For BTTS I suggest Wales versus Croatia. Good luck to all!
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    TNC Talk Norwich City - For real?

    Yes, but what we need is someone with a history of successful detective work on this forum...
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    TNC Talk Norwich City - For real?

    Thanks for the warning!!!
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    Ownership questions

    There were some factual answers early on but it seems they may not have been the right factual answers...
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    Must go

    As I understand it the project (not sure whether it is long-term or perhaps more medium-term) is a kind of two steps forward, one step back progression, in which relegation is factored in as a distinct possibility, but in which, by husbanding our resources (ie PL TV money), we slowly develope the squad so that at some point we can get up and stay up, but without overcommitting ourselves financially.
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    Must go

    Oh please Jim.
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    Stadium Expansion Latest.

    Oh, I can think of one post from that time that is a serious challenger, Nutty! But Vince's cod-historical comparisons and analogies probably give his the edge...
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