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Bilo last won the day on 20 August 2016

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  1. Watch a decade of Gary Megson inspired football for a million pounds or rim Dennis Wise to relive the 2015-2016 season?
  2. I heard that the games are likely to be played on neutral grounds to prevent fans gathering outside empty stadia as happened in France and Italy. Then again, I wouldn't be surprised to see home games being played at Belvoir Drive or Holmes Park.
  3. Bilo

    2020 deathlist

    I have a feeling that this thread could go a bit mental.
  4. It would work only on the basis of it having preliminary rounds like the FA Cup. Theoretically, Coalville Town could play Liverpool at Owen Street in the Third Round. Realistically, they'd need to win as many games as Liverpool would to win the cup just to get to Round Three. You'd probably need a structure like this: Preliminary: Scottish League Two, Welsh Premier League First Qualifying Round: Scottish League One, Northern Ireland Premier League Second Qualifying Round: Scottish Championship, League Two First Round: League One Second Round: Championship, SPL Third Round: Premier League
  5. Crawley Town vs Glenavon St Mirren vs Plymouth Southend United vs Airbus UK Absolutely daft from top to bottom. You'd need to have at least two, if not more, preliminary rounds just to avoid laughable mismatches like Manchester City vs Cardiff Metropolitan University.
  6. The only way it'd work imo - but I can't imagine cash-strapped Macclesfield taking too well to having to arrange transport to Northern Ireland on a Tuesday night for little reward.
  7. It'd be like a bigger and more unwieldy version of the EFL Trophy with the big clubs sending out the kids to play against weak sides in empty stadiums. Aberystwyth Town fans aren't going to turn out in numbers to see a Leicester City side containing Bartosz Kapustka and Faiq Bolkiah. It would only start to get interesting in the later rounds once it's essentially all Premier League and, perhaps, Celtic or Rangers on a run.
  8. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51774854 Great idea, David. Liverpool Reserves smashing 10 past Ballymena United in front of a man and his dog.
  9. I met the guy and voted for him in 2015. Very intelligent, affable and personable but a little bit weak on reflection.
  10. I can't disagree with any of this. The 2019 was a freak election for so many reasons, and you can't help but think that the Tory majority is built on weak foundations. There have been grossly unfair comparisons made between Michael Foot and Jeremy Corbyn, when the former was a towering intellect and barnstorming orator. If not for a bonkers manifesto, Militant tearing up the party and the Falklands, he'd have won the 1983 election by a mile. Thatcher's first term was largely disastrous after all. Corbyn was never going to win from Day One. The Tories put up their most ineffective leader in modern history with the worst manifesto and campaign, set against a backdrop of Brexit chaos, and still won in 2017. A competent Labour leader would have won it. I'd go so far as to say any of Cooper, Burnham or Kendall would have won a very comfortable majority on a par with Johnson's now. All this means that Johnson has led a very charmed existence. He was the face of a policy behind which nearly 45% of the population were galvanised, namely Brexit, the Remain vote split between umpteen parties and the worst opposition leader since George Lansbury in 1935. While Labour can't take Blyth Valley, Bolsover and Stoke for granted any more, a lesson learned in the hardest way possible, it seems more than plausible that these constituencies have lent the Tories their vote to 'get Brexit done' and keep out Corbyn rather than gone full-on blue. If Johnson and the Tories balls up Brexit, and his team doesn't exactly inspire confidence, they'll find it much more difficult to keep those votes than they found gaining them. Too many promises have been made that won't be kept, and the 'Remoaner' warnings can be glossed over as scaremongering until they start happening. It's at that point that being the face of Brexit becomes as big a handicap in 2024 as it was a boost in 2019. Similarly, being one of the people who tried to soften the blow and warned against a reckless hard Brexit could easily see them painted as a person to repair the damage. Ultimately, the electorate want strength and competence. While Johnson isn't exactly a paragon of the latter - it's hard to think of any major political role he's had that hasn't been awash with failure - he was consistent, strong and single-minded. His Cabinet was seen largely as the least bad option of the two owing to the frankly awful Labour front bench. Corbyn, by contrast, was known to be out of his depth. Unable to earn the faith of the PLP, effectively tackle antisemitism, articulate a clear message on Brexit and with a long history of car-crash interviews that saw him lose patience on too many occasions, there was little reason to hold faith for all but his dearest supporters. If Starmer plays it correctly, his Shadow Cabinet could look the better option. Priti Patel is a weak link, Rishi Sunak is already tainted with the label of a Cummings puppet, Cummings himself appears to make Alistair Campbell look like Pippi Longstocking, Dominic Raab is a low-key gaffe factory and Matt Hancock is little better. Once the honeymoon period is over and the cock-ups start to pile up, a decent Shadow Cabinet will expose them. It'd take a huge turnaround, a significant increase in Labour's vote share as well as a collapse in the Tory vote, but it seems remarkably pessimistic to rule it out.
  11. We need to jettison a lot of the Corbynista outriders to repair the damage. The Canary, Novara Media, Skwawkbox, Bastani and all the rest have massively turned on Starmer because they feel their relevance slipping away - a Starmer shadow cabinet will not be a hard-left one and the likelihood is that the NEC will be taken out of Corbynista hands too. The key now is to get the likes of Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper, Hilary Benn and David Lammy back into prominent positions. How Phillips managed to retain her large majority as a Remainer in a Leaver constituency is something from which the wider party needs to learn - probably because she criticises the architects of Brexit rather than the people who voted for it, which is something too many of the hard-left did.
  12. What Alf said. For all the threats of mandatory reselections from the hard-left, threats surrounding forcing out MPs critical of Saint Jeremy and of turning the party into a hard-left cult forever more, they didn't half make a balls of it. Essentially, the Momentum MPs have replaced outgoing MPs such as those who buggered off to Change UK or have retired, but these have been more than offset by the likes of Skinner and Pidcock losing their seats. The Tory purge of Remainer MPs was more quietly done but infinitely more effective. Are there any Remainer Tories in Parliament now? Meanwhile, all the powerful positions will go to moderates in the PLP. Abbott is going, Burgon has had such a cluster**** of a campaign that he's rendered himself unemployable from a front bench perspective, McDonnell will get binned by pretty much all of the candidates and you have to question the futures of Karie Murphy and Seumas Milne behind the scenes as well. Even Lansman has been turning against the worst excesses of the hard-left, so they're more or less reduced to impotent Change.org petitions calling for Starmer/Cooper/Benn to resign and heckling anyone they deem a Blairite at the Labour Party Conference. The saddest thing about the whole affair is that there were some good points made by Labour that were lost. The Overton Window, at least economically, has shifted leftward and May's horror show of a campaign in 2017 means that nobody will ever again be stupid enough to stand on a pro-austerity platform, but some of the issues such as a closer relationship with Europe, even stopping short of full-blown EU membership, have been taken out of the hands of good MPs like Yvette Cooper, Hilary Benn and Stella Creasy and are now associated with the largely inept Corbynista front bench.
  13. Thankfully not a chance of winning. I get the sense that the Corbynista surge has been dying in the party for about two years and the final nail in the coffin was the election. Lots of them have left the party - the membership went down to around 450k at one point- and the membership surge since the election has reportedly been built on members who left after the 2015 leadership election. The result, I hope, is a much more sensible and moderate membership who understands that you need to be in power to change things and that Barry from Barnsley doesn't give a shit about Palestine or neoliberalism. He just wants schools, hospitals and public services that function as well as a competent government who won't **** up the economy and cause a recession. I do see Labour shifting to the centre-left, which means that the Corbots who remain are likely to try to make a mess from within. Hopefully though, the shift in membership means that they'll be back to the fringes.
  14. Oh... Needn't have bothered getting dresses and painting the nursery pink for Eliza then.
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