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  1. He’s just been told a bid has been accepted? What’s your point pal?
  2. What a damp squib. The UK predictably folded when it came to the crunch - the EU is very pleased with itself (from sources close to the negotiations). I agree with JP Morgan’s assessment: “The good news is that a disruptive and acrimonious ‘no deal’ has been avoided. The bad news for the UK, in our view, is that the EU appears to have secured a deal which allows it to retain nearly all the advantages it derives from the UK while giving it the ability to use regulatory structures to cherry pick among the sectors where the UK had previously enjoyed advantages in the trading relationship. That
  3. Trust Brexiters on here to misunderstand a PowerPoint slide designed for dummies to illustrate the simple fact that there is a trade-off between market access and sovereignty (given the UK's fondness for cherries and cake) and that the UK's redlines pushed it towards a standard goods-based FTA - the EU's FTA with South Korea and Canada being recent examples. Needless to say -and it really beggars belief it needs to be said, every FTA will differ in the precise details (Canada and South Korea do) depending on the circumstances at hand. Indeed the EU made it abundantly clear in its first of
  4. From the chair of Kick it Out - seeing as the organisation is all respectable and legitimate. Indeed his words are far more unequivocal and damning: https://twitter.com/SanjayKickItOut/status/1335536769467633664
  5. Happily take the point (don’t think we’ve won up there since our 6-0 in 2007), though I do think if Walcott had taken his chance (great hold up play and ball by Adams), it would have been game over. That’s why Walcott will always be a nearly man and Ings is such a miss. For once, we lost midfield as Wolves pressed and gave us a taste of our own medicine. Romeu, in particular, struggled against their athleticism. That in turn rubbed off onto our two CBs. Given our two attacking midfielders tuck in so much, I wouldn’t underestimate the loss of Redmond in that area of the pitch. Physical
  6. Please no. The last thing we need is 4000 of our ‘legendary’ support getting on the players backs. Seriously, though, I can’t see how they wouldn’t prioritise SO postcodes. Those living outside the area fall to some extent into the same category as away supporters -and by all accounts they’re not being let back in just yet.
  7. Completely dominant performance against a dirty, overrated side - Vestergaard, Romeu, JWP, Ings all excellent.
  8. Thought he grew into the game but overall he was pretty subdued. Walker-Peters performance certainly benefited him.
  9. Good resilient performance with more than enough quality to warrant a point. Thought Ings and Adams were excellent (everyone rightly focuses on Ings finishing but his close control is also right up there). Both carried our attack as Redmond and Walcott were relatively subdued. Can see a lack of consistency in our attacking ‘wide’ positions being an issue for the rest of the season (Walker-Peters papered over some of the cracks today). Very happy for Vestergaard who’s put in some solid performances. Today was particularly impressive as Chelsea (unlike Burnley) has pace to burn. One s
  10. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    Precisely. COVID-19 is a novel virus and there's plenty we still don't know about it. Indeed the more scientists learn about the virus, the more questions arise. We now know that it's not just a respiratory illness and it can ravage various major organs. We're also finding out that even people who are asymptomatic can suffer lung damage - whether this has long-term health consequences or not is by definition not fully understood. The usual suspects can't be helped -reducing a complex illness with a range of outcomes to the risk of dying is a case in point -never mind ignoring the externalities
  11. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    You're in even greater need of help and intervention pal if you think the only difference between the articles I post and something like politicalite are the formal qualifications of the respective authors.
  12. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    What kind of scepticism do you add to politicalite articles?
  13. Lincoln Project still playing a blinder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk6d4TgO2NY
  14. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    Yep I remember you did.
  15. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    Sobering reading for the lockdown hardmen who assume there's a fundamental trade-off between saving lives and promoting the economy. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/business/sweden-economy-coronavirus.html
  16. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    Comparing UK and Japan's lockdown is like comparing apples to oranges. You can only compare the impact of the lockdown to what would have happened if the UK hadn't locked down at the time it did. The big difference between the UK and Japan is that the rate and level of infection got out of control in the UK, making a harder lockdown far more necessary. By contrast, it was initially better contained in Japan (individual prefectures like Hokkaido -population 5.3 million- were declaring states of emergency in February) giving the government greater scope to adopt light-touch measures later o
  17. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    Cultural factors cut both ways - in some aspects, they reduce risk; in others, they increase risk. Japan’s certainly a polite society but it’s also one where you’re expected to turn up to work and show your face (figuratively). I know people there who have felt social pressure to take public transport and go into the office, even they could quite easily work from home. Widespread mask-wearing arguably plays a big role on which note... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/07/refusal-to-wear-mask-should-be-as-taboo-as-drink-driving-says-royal-society-chief
  18. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    This is a decent article which suggests some care homes were spared the worst precisely by defying government procedures. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/janice-turner-on-coronavirus-in-care-homes-and-the-end-of-lockdown-qv9pz9z8w In the meantime the cultist sheep have a new scapegoat.
  19. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    Precisely - the line tends to be peddled by halfwits who still think that all countries are likely to end up in a similar place. That is, the only difference between them will be when and how deaths and hospitalisations are spread across the health system.
  20. The Lincoln Project is playing a blinder and absolutely shitting all over Trump. Its videos are worth checking out. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpYCxV51bykhMY-wSUozQRg
  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVy_LWM091g Poor old Donald - being given a taste of his own medicine.
  22. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    In other news, I see David Spiegelhalter, the Cambridge statistician and former President of the RSS, now says that the majority of Covid deaths would not have occurred in coming year (perhaps 5-15%) - so the virus isn't simply killing off those that were on their way out anyway. Who would have thought it.
  23. shurlock

    Coronavirus

    I agree to an extent but I'd also say the Cummings story is a lightning rod for those wider issues - the story wouldn't nearly be as salient if the government's handling of the crisis had been competent. In practice, it juxtaposes the sacrifices that the public has had to make against a shower of a government that has broken its own rules while woefully mismanaging the crisis. A health crisis has transmuted into a political crisis and the first and only instinct of this government is to protect its own tawdry skin and reputation rather than the integrity of a vital health message and the li
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