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  1. No wonder we are all the experts favourites for relegation this season. It's a shame that we've fallen so far in such a short space of time, but providing we can keep most of the squad together we should be able to get at least play-offs in 2018/19


    Oh c'mon - we look this rubbish in pre-season every year! Particularly when there's a new manager.

  2. Corbyn is a career politician. Trump isn't. Corbyn is thoroughly conventional when compared to Trump. Corbyn is closer to Sanders (even if he is much less likeable and competent than Sanders).


    I don't think Sanders has ever come across as incompetent? Whereas Corbyn definitely does, hence why I'm bundling two clearly very different politicians in a similar camp. A lot of people, both sides of the Atlantic, don't seem that fussed by the question of whether either are competent enough to run the country. Corbyn may technically be a career politician (again, whatever that means) but his appeal seems to be in that he's considered a 'man with principles' (whatever that means) and the 'career' bit gets ignored. The illusion that we don't like 'career politicians' anymore so we're prepared to consider a buffoon (Trump) or a blundering nice-guy (Corbyn, just don't mention the iRA), could get both countries into a bit of a mess.


    As far as I can tell, a lot of this is based on perceived lack for trust for politicians/politics and the little rules we make up in our heads for why one person is 'ok' and another 'not'. As well as a lot of other things, of course. Risky experiment.

  3. It's not really about policies, it's about Corbyn being utterly inept. He can't run a press office, he's got no hope of running a government. He's never run anything. The policies are barely discernable from Miliband's manifesto but that apparently was just like voting Tory, weren't it, tho?


    Just remember your years of "Red Tory" snide guff on here and bear that in mind when you remember which Labour leader results in delivering the biggest Conservative majority in generations.


    This election could have been a Labour triumph. It won't be. "Fu ck off to the Tories then" they said with their little placards and comedy t-shirts. Guess what, they effing well will. Well done. Try owning it instead of grizzling about the media.


    But them rallies were good weren't they?


    Sadly, that's pretty much nailed it. Corbyn is the Trump equivalent - not in policies, but in competence. I guess his popularity is a rally against the 'career politician' whatever that means.


    Which makes politics pretty d*mn depressing at the moment.


    I've not decided which way I'm voting yet. Definitely not Tory (would rather die). But Corbyn is my MP and I'm pretty d*mn p*ssed off with him and his band of idiots. Brexit protest is an option, even if just for my own therapy.

  4. Jeremy Corbyn and his mates have suppressed an investigation into claims of Jew-baiting antics among Oxford student Labour party members. It seems the allegations of the active promotion of a campaign of harassment aimed specifically at Jewish students are not serious enough to warrant attention.




    Following a link from that article I came to this :



    'Last night, a statement from the Oxford University Jewish Society began to circulate on social media, claiming to give an insight into how this problem with Jews was actually manifesting itself.

    According to the statement, senior members of the Labour club liked to regale listeners with a song called “Rockets over Tel Aviv” and endorse Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians. They were in the habit of casually referring to Jewish students as “Zio”. They repeated tropes about the “Zionist lobby” and “high net worth Jewish individuals”. They stated all Jews should be required to denounce Zionism and the state of Israel, and that those who refused to do so should be shunned. And they had arranged for a group of students to harass a Jewish student and shout “filthy Zionist” at her.'


    Good god, what is it with people? What a bunch of a*seh*les.

  5. I don't feel sorry him at all, I'm afraid. Consider the subject-matter: thousands of people dying at weekends in our hospitals. The junior doctors themselves have a quite detailed and, to my mind, convincing rebuttal to this. But Corbyn's chronic inability to master a brief - especially if it's not one of his cherished and contrarian 'foreign policy' issues - is a disaster. It's a disaster above for for the people who look to the Labour party to protect them from the actions of cretinous toffs like Cameron and Hunt.


    Well, it was a moment of empathy for a man in an embarrassing position. But I accept that's my human weakness, and it would gain no thanks from the man himself. If he just laughed or something, he would have gained some control from the situation. But to just stand there and take it, looking a bit ruffled, was not good and made him looked a bullied man. Which is not a position of leadership.


    But regardless of Corbyn, clips like that don't do politics any favours. And in the other one, Cameron is a prat of the highest order.

  6. It may have been rehearsed Lou, but the set up came from a Labour MP shouting at Cameron about what his mum would do. When Labour is reduced to being the straight man for Tory jokes you know it's been a bad day.


    Aside from that, Corbyn was woeful today - as bad as I've ever seen him. He managed to ask one question that was completely unintelligible, and Cameron simply brushed off his questions about weekend NHS deaths by producing his own figures which Corbyn was unable to challenge.




    I don't disagree with your analysis on Corbyn. But Cameron doing 'patronising' always makes him look like a slimy condescending pr*ck, and while the other "who are you?" clip is a genuinely funny response, watching a whole room laughing at one man standing up, is pretty unedifying.


    Yup, that's where we've got to - I'm now feeling sorry for Corbyn. Not good.

  7. In the main, I agree with CBF observations. Different media benefits different campaign objectives, so no right or wrong answers. TV generally good for softer brand building, audience dependent. Digital great for more specific call to actions and tracking. But most well managed campaigns will be delivering integrated but varied assets across a range of media (and press still has a role in that media mix, dependent on objectives). TV costs more, and you need higher spend to get any impact, whereas with digital (and bear in mind that's a very broad catch-all term) you can achieve on a smaller budget, but unlikely to change brand perceptions on a larger scale. But to achieve that, you should be looking wider than just advertising anyway. I'm no media buyer, and a great media buying agency collaborating with the ad agency is worth their weight in gold. They will consider media mix based on what you need to achieve/who you want to reach/what your creative solution is. The difference these days is there are more options than say ten years ago - which is great, but more complex.

  8. Very good. Can't believe Pap turns on Lou though


    He doesn't really! There are just a few core topics we disagree on, and Pap attempts (but fails) to draw me into a full on barney.


    Shurlock pretty much nailed it really... (Except the bit about me standing up). ;)

  9. You won't hear anything from Corbyn or the hard-line Corbynists about using nuclear material to murder opponents in London. Or if you do it'll be the usual moral whataboutery asking how the American drone attack on Jihadi John is any different.


    Putin is a hero to him and them.


    I've never entirely understood the far-left's love in with Russian politics, and not read up on it enough. Aside from the fact it's an all round fascinating country.


    Is it because of the romance of communism? Or is it because of their general anti-West stance? Or are there deeper historical ties? Can anyone give me a quick history lesson?

  10. is this suddenly a beauty competition?..........Some of the best players we've had over the years have been as ugly as ***


    Blame Benji, he started it! I just thought if we're going to have a dumb thread like this at least have some expert female opinion in it. But of course, we like all our players for their skills and 'personality' rather than looks :) Go Matt Targett!

  11. The UKs natural politics is Blairite. The Tories only manage to stick down deep roots in government because Labour periodicially blow a brain fart and make themselves unelectable, as they are doing now.


    Cameron has tried to position the Tories only slightly right of Blairite (nobody serious can claim they are anywhere near Thatcherite), but is failing dismally to convince people they care about them.


    I don't know if I necessarily agree it's naturally more Blairite (I'd say more centre-right) but Blair was able to position left/socialist policies in a way that was palatable to the public. When you put aside his failure in Iraq, he got an enormous amount done alongside Brown. The trouble wth Cameron (who has said he was influenced by Blair) + Osborne, is they don't have the same gravitas or ability to persuade, and I think the public after years of positive Labour policies eg NHS investment, got used to less individualistic policies. Therefore they don't have the same respect, and there is a level of mistrust towards them and their party on a wider scale. For what they are - centre right - they should be doing better than they have - the success they have had is based on Labour failures. If Blair came back tomorrow, while the detractors would be baying for blood, I'm not so sure the mass (non protesting) public wouldn't vote for him again.


    Obviously, this is my gut feel rather than evidence based, so feel free to pick apart!

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