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  1. I can never decide on what will happen with Mahrez. One point I'm hearing stories saying Mahrez will definitely stay until the Summer or Christmas (implying afterwards he'll be out) and other times I'm seeing him retweet 'please stay mahrez' tweets. From what I've heard about him personally he sounds outrageously modest for his talents and achievements. I wouldn't bet against him staying. But on the other hand I wouldn't bet against someone tempting away the incredible long term prospect Gray. I think Shakey has to give them both time.
  2. If Shakey starts using the wing backs formation more with a target man in the middle then he may get more time, although I can't see him overtaking Slimani's role in that formation. But then we'd only use that formation as plan B to the usual Shinji and Vardy. So we'd be asking him to be a stand in to a plan B formation, and second place sub in the plan A formation. He's been quite vocal about his ambitions, ones it does not look like we'll be able to fulfill. If we force him to stay he may eventually become disruptive in the dressing room.
  3. I was a rather too fanatical fan at times but now another wing back would be incredible to have. And I did hate how he became a punch bag for misguided frustration. I mean, he has his faults but the degree of anger seemed off.
  4. Some statistics are subordinate to others, though. Let's take unemployment. People are employed to sell goods and services. Goods are now more expensive. And people are buying fewer goods. When you hear both goods are more expressive and people are buying fewer goods and our trading partners favour us less, how will that affect employment? Does it bode well for growth? Exports are also interesting. There downsides and upsides to a weaker pound. Our goods are cheaper to buy, but if we manufacture them using goods from the EU they're more expensive. The fact exports are doing well indicates we've managed this balance well. For now. But when we leave the Single Market and trade tariffs are added to the price of our goods which we may sell to the 520m people in the Single Market? And are we a manufacturing economy or a service and banking economy? Perhaps that too was because of Greece and Portugal's failure to analyse economic indicators and manage their economy and economic deals successfully rather than the idea they were 'due' a recession, the invisible hand getting a bit slappy every so often.
  5. Let's ignore higher prices, let's ignore lower spending, let's ignore a weaker pound, let's ignore a rise in reported racism, let's ignore overseas territories troubles, let's ignore leaving nurses, let's ignore lost banking contracts, let's ignore leaving tech firms, let's ignore companies failing to replace eu workers, let's ignore the incoming effects of tariffs on prices. Let's talk about trade! Because that was going to be great after we shake off the shackles of the Single Market! Let's talk about the small, insignificant markets of China and the US. Let's talk to the limp-wristed lefty loonies newspapers, The Times and The Financial Times. The hard, destructive Brexit of leaving the EU and also the Single Market may be hard and destructive.
  6. It wasn't nature. It wasn't the fact we were 'due' a recession. It was because our banking sector invested heavily in sub-prime mortgages. It was because we deregulated them and failed to stop them. It was our fault. It was the fault of policy. Much like our rise in prices and fall in spending is due to policy.
  7. Because you don't want something to cause something else does not mean something does not cause something else. Recession are not like waves in the ocean. They are not the result of nature. Recessions are because of poor economic management and decisions. Major was not guilt free. Ted Heath was not guilt free. We have chosen not only to leave the EU, but the Single Market and EEA. This has massively effected the pound and confidence. This has resulted in higher prices. Higher prices and and lack of confidence has resulted in lower spending.
  8. Imagine if Shakey had subbed Gray for Morgan, though, and Athletico had seen the obvious weakness and rushed straight for the kill and ended the game right there and then. We'd all be complaining Shakey had destroyed the glimmer of a chance we had left. It was hardly an obvious and risk-free decision and not something I feel was an obvious mistake.
  9. Schlupp jumped ship, gained a first team place and has now landed above us in the league. More motivation to beat the arse!
  10. Arsenal are on a high but we've been rested and will be eager to prove what we couldn't against Athletico. Unsure if it's the right match but I really want him to make a success of the wing backs formation. He'dthen have achieved something Ranieri could not: a successful plan b, something especially exciting if a fit Slimani could feature in it prominently.
  11. Oh, I've heard a third theory for the election, as claimed by Dennis Skinner: the Tory election fraud investigation will remove 40 MPs thereby obliterating her majority. So there are three theories I've heard so far: She needs fresh Tory MPs to fight the hard Brexit Tory MPs she can't convince She knows that prices will continue to rise, and spending will continue to fall, and negotiations will turn sour She knows the Tory election fraud will wipe out her existing majority And there's hers... about needing a mandate she already claims she has, and needing to defeat an opposition she's already been defeating with ease so far.
  12. I'd normally be against it. But if you want to show solidarity with Liverpool and Everton for good reasons then fair enough.
  13. Or she saw that prices are on the up, and retail spending is on the down, and thought she's get mandate now before the going gets rougher.
  14. This election is going to bite May on the arse. Even with the massive majority she is bound to achieve, especially looking at local election results for the last year. She'll get loads of new Tory MPs. Fantastic. And she'll be able to use this MPs against the naughty ones in her own party. But the thing is: she needs these new MPs because she can't persuade her existing MPs for the plans she's yet to tell them. So these new young eager Tory MPs come on board. They've been supping on the Thatcherite soup of extreme self-interest since birth. And their self-interest - like all MPs - says one thing: who shall I be loyal to in order to progress my own career? Who do they align themselves with? The powerful Tory faction that has forced May to call a snap election while the going is good? Or the woman who can't persuade the MPs she already has?
  15. I agree, but when retail spending is down (see above), it spells the magical word beginning with r. I'm unsure if our FDI will as good as if those two pistons continue propel us towards our current path. Sometimes pessimism is bad. But sometimes that pessimism is less pessimism but smelling danger. If you refuse to smell danger then you may well make a mistake. And that mistake has leaving the Single Market and leaving the EEA written all over it.