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Alf Bentley

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  1. Adrien Silva

    Maybe he was just following his manager's instructions. So, maybe he was a-Pueling? Indeed. If he'd brought Silva on as sub, at least, we might have Claude our way back into that match. I've never been convinced that a foreign manager was a good idea. Pueling our sovereignty was a bad move. Better leave it there. I'm no football punned-it.
  2. Capital punishment

    Thanks for saying in 2 lines what took me about 12 lines.
  3. Capital punishment

    Important as a potential miscarriage of justice is, I disagree with the idea that it is the only or main reason to oppose the death penalty. I oppose the death penalty in all circumstances because life is precious and killing people is the worst thing anyone can do. I cannot see any justification for the state, on our behalf, telling even the most brutal of murderers: "You have killed someone in cold blood, the foulest possible crime. To show you this is wrong, we're going to kill you in cold blood". The vile murder of Drummer Lee Rigby is the most obvious example. There cannot be any serious doubt as to the guilt of the culprits: multiple witnesses, culprits stayed at scene with bloody knives, and were videoed saying why they did it before fighting the police (can't remember whether there may have been CCTV footage, too?). Despite their 100% clear guilt, I'd oppose their execution. Murder, whether by individuals or the state, is very wrong, as I see it. I'm not a pacifist. Like most, I'd like to see as little violence as possible, but could imagine killing in self-defence, to protect a loved one or in a justified war (hopefully never going to happen). For me, capital punishment is just wrong. Should the state also employ professional rapists, I wonder, to act on our behalf by raping those who have been securely convicted of rape? No, that would be lowering ourselves into the gutter with the criminals and we aspire to higher values than them, surely? As regards punishment, which is the greater punishment, a quick death or decades, potentially a lifetime, with deprivation of liberty - and, in some cases, realisation by the criminals of the gravity of the offences that they have committed? OK, some will never care about what they have done. But imagine the torment of fully realising and feeling the guilt for having destroyed other people's lives and having to live with that for the rest of your life. I take the point about the cost of keeping someone in prison for life. But there are other ways of addressing that. In some cases, assets and property can be seized. And I wouldn't oppose the idea of making prisoners serving a life sentence work (in the prison) and pay most or all of their salary in compensation to victims and/or to fund their keep. In general, prison costs could be reduced by making less serious criminals do community service instead of being imprisoned (not killers, dangerous criminals or those with a high risk of absconding, obviously).
  4. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    les couilles, physiologically In the sense of "a load of old cobblers"? Maybe Putain! Quel bordel de merde, la politique! ("Oh, whore! What a brothel of shit politics is!)
  5. 80s Classics

  6. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Indeed it will be interesting. I read that Corbyn is supposed to be giving a big speech on Monday, adjusting Labour's policy on Brexit (possibly to approve A Customs Union, but not THE existing Customs Union or Single Market). Then May is scheduled to announce the policy agreed by the Tory cabinet on their recent Chequers get-together (widely leaked as being divergence in some areas, but continued convergence in others - liable to be seen as "cherrypicking" by the EU, I suspect). Will the Labour leadership be prepared to ask their troops to support an amendment tabled by Umunna, Soubry, Clarke & co, rather than their own? If they've any sense, they will, as to win any vote they need the support of at least a dozen Tory MPs - and Tory Remainers will be much happier supporting something drafted by Soubry, Clarke & Umunna than by the Labour front bench. If Labour does support the amendment, I suppose it will then be a question of (a) whether enough Tory Remainers feel this is the right time to make a stand; and (b) whether the Tory leadership is able to cajole or coerce enough into backing down: e.g. making it a 3-line-whip, threatening an election with the prospect of a Corbyn govt or merely suggesting that there'll be another opportunity later to vote on what is negotiated with Barnier.... I couldn't predict the outcome with any confidence. My guess would be that Labour WILL back the amendment and some Tory Remainers will rebel, but not enough to win the vote....not this time, anyway. Probably just the first of a series of such votes over coming months, though, I imagine.
  7. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    While you responded to some of my points, I don't believe that you did reply to a couple of important points - entirely your prerogative, of course. I agree that it's time to move on, but will state below what I presume from your non-answers to those points: Firstly, I presume you are maintaining your claim that Phillips' article was all about "academics in academia", which I disputed. You therefore presumably believe that when she wrote of "Brexit supporters" seeking to restore democratic control over British laws and policies, of "Remainers" despising democratic sovereignty, of "many Remainers" viewing "Brexit supporters" as racists, Nazis and stunted imbeciles, she was referring only to academics. Likewise, that when she referred to "the millions who voted for Brexit....resisting the abuse of cultural power" and "the battle over Brexit now being a fight to the death", she was again presumably referring only to academics? Agree to disagree, if so! Secondly, I presume you are maintaining your belief that her article was "a fair assessment" of the attitudes of Remainers (be they academics or others) - and that you therefore feel that the use of the same or equivalent language about Brexiteers is also a fair assessment. Here's the equivalent again, which I kept as close to the original as possible: "Remainers are deemed to be communists, traitors, scroungers, immigrant-lovers and, of course, naive, pampered snowflakes. These aren't just insults deployed to smear Remain supporters and shut down debate. Among many Brexiters, there's a deep belief they are true. Brexiters don't value democratic sovereignty. Many despise it. That's why they want to leave the EU. And why they are determined that the Brexit deal must not be subject to a vote in parliament". Right, time to move on, as you say. Here's hoping that the UK Parliament takes back control and votes through the forthcoming amendment in favour of the UK joining a Customs Union, eh? As a believer in the need for parliament to take back control, I'm sure you'll join me in partying long into the night if that happens...
  8. Stoke post match 1-1

    Yep. Gray wasn't great, but I'd mainly blame Puel for that today. It was the wrong match in which to play him in an unfamiliar position. He's not used to that central role, so playing him there against a defensively-oriented, physical side focused on closing players down was surely the wrong time for such an experiment? Surely Silva would have been a better choice in that role? He's good at manoeuvring in tight spaces and must have experience of coping with tight pressing, physical opponents? I wonder if Silva's carrying a knock or something? Strange that he didn't even come on as third sub.
  9. Stoke post match 1-1

    At last something we can agree on. I thought Albrighton was one of our few half-decent players today. With Maguire, Mahrez & the Diabaté cameo, one of the only ones worth a "6" rating today. He wasn't brilliant. Some rubbish crosses, but some decent ones, too. Worked his arse off, as always, combined well with others and regularly created positions for crosses.
  10. Kasper Schmeichel

    If Kasper's recent form continues for the rest of the season, I'd agree with you. Hopefully it won't. Hopefully the real Kasper will be back soon and is not "done" yet.
  11. Plaudits for our Atmosphere, let's keep it up

    Regular posters in the pensions thread include @Bellend Sebastian and @Izzy Muzzett, if you're looking for likely suspects.
  12. Kasper Schmeichel

    I was about to ask that... Unbelievable for him to do that today after the ridiculous goal he gifted to Man City the other week. (For anyone who didn't see today's effort, Kasper kicked it from the sideline to a Stoke player near the centre circle, giving him a free long-shot at an empty net....fortunately he just missed) I'm not going to get on his back as he's been a great servant over recent years - and will be again, I'm sure. Certainly in a bad patch at the moment - and needs to cut such reckless actions out.
  13. What’s your craft beer name?

    Weaver's Zesty Ferrett Slurper
  14. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    I've explained my view at length - and you've chosen not to answer my challenges, as is your right. No sulking, no over-reaction, no expectations of you, just the calm expression of my views.... Must go now!
  15. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Just time to post this magnificent demolition of Tory smears against "Corbyn the commie spy" by Andrew Neil: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2018/feb/21/bbcs-andrew-neil-challenges-minister-to-defend-corbyn-spy-smears-video And another by Prescott: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/furious-john-prescott-attacks-tory-12074008 Not sure politically if it's a good idea for Corbyn to sue for libel as it might be a distraction - but he certainly has a case, it seems. Sorry, this Rog post seems to have got inserted and I cannot get rid of it! Football time!