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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:30:44 PM »

There is a rumor going around that there is an exposé about Hernandez due to be released in the next few weeks.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 20, 2017, 04:27:22 AM »
The above post is not wrong

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 20, 2017, 01:45:38 AM »
Not sure if serious?

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 17, 2017, 07:20:08 AM »
"always" is a bit of a stretch for a country founded July 2nd 1776.
Yes it's July 2nd on purpose...

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 06, 2017, 04:13:30 PM »
What was the alternative option to Obama Care?

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 05, 2017, 02:19:53 AM »
Annual donation to Paddy power

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 05, 2017, 02:16:05 AM »
There is a reason it's called an amendment...

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: March 27, 2017, 02:54:44 AM »
And once again, it's all up in the air.

An EU parliamentary commission believes that Scotland Wales and the North could remain in the EU


In his report, 'Detoxifying the UK's Exit from the EU', political scientist Brendan O'Leary said there was "merit" in such an approach, but that it would be resisted by Westminster.

It said: "An exponent of constitutional flexibility argues that given the status of these dependencies, separate arrangements can also be made for other parts of the UK when England and Wales leave the EU.

"Northern Ireland and Scotland could remain within the EU, at least pending the resolution of their UK status via a border poll (Northern Ireland) or an independence referendum (Scotland).

"Their current status as parts of the UK union have been altered by the decision to leave the EU - a decision rejected by both countries - and as such it would be unfair to forcibly remove them from another union, i.e. the European one. This view may hold merit but has no traction with the Westminster government."

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: March 14, 2017, 06:05:50 PM »
Export Statistics for N.Ireland

Total sales by companies in Northern Ireland (NI) were estimated to be worth £66.7 billion in 2015

Sales within NI - £43.7 billion
Sales to Great Britain (GB) - £13.8 billion.
External sales (sales to markets outside NI) - £23.0 billion (34.4% of total sales).

Exports (sales outside the UK) - £9.1 billion.

Exports to the Republic of Ireland (RoI) - £3.4 billion.

Exports to the Rest of the EU (RoEU, excluding RoI) - £1.9 billion. 

Exports to the Rest of the World (RoW) - £3.8 billion.


I hate to point out the obvious but £98.4 Billion is the actual total of those numbers not £ 66.7 billion...

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: March 12, 2017, 05:56:34 PM »
Hard work to win that. I wanted no part of emre can after 15 minutes. Great goal but poor elsewhere. Woodburn has a lot of potential. Who was the lad wearing Mignolet's shirt on crosses? He did well. Mane was solid throughout showed a threat but the whole team was not consistent throughout. Lallana and countinho were not that great. Makes another good case for reinforcements this summer. Lucky to take the 3 points.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: March 12, 2017, 04:23:00 PM »
Now would be a good time to start

General discussion / Re: Stormont Assembly Elections 2017
« on: March 04, 2017, 03:22:11 PM »
Read this my opinion with no basis in fact whatsoever, as well as an abundance of non sequiturs and poor grammar,  and in spite of significant evidence to the contrary my ego wants you all to know that I think thatBritain does not want or regard Northern Unionists as their people.Dublin does not want or regard Northern nationalists as their people.Ulster unionism and Northern nationalism are redundant philosophies therefore I have taken the decision to stop posting nonsense on this board

Fixed that for you...

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: March 03, 2017, 11:29:59 PM »
I have to say I admire the size of the balls on Mike Pence using his private email server to conduct state business.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 28, 2017, 07:50:26 PM »

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The most striking thing about Ireland’s only land border is its absence. No posts or fences mark its circuitous 310-mile length. There is neither razor wire nor checkpoints.

When, a couple of years ago, I often took a rickety bus from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland, I would occasionally pass the time by trying to figure out if we had crossed the invisible line based on when my cellphone switched providers. I was seldom certain. The hedgerows and fields, the fog-capped hills, look the same on either side.

Now, in the wake of the Brexit referendum, the border has returned to Irish politics. When Britain leaves the European Union, which is expected to happen some time before the summer of 2019, the undulating border counties will become a European Union frontier, raising the prospect of dislocation, violence and political disintegration in Ireland — and in Britain.

On March 2, elections will be held for Northern Ireland’s Parliament, which is responsible for devolved issues like health and education. Ostensibly, the vote — the second in less than 10 months — was set off by a scandal over spending on renewable heating. But it is as much the product of the European Union referendum as local incompetence.

Nearly 56 percent of people in Northern Ireland voted in last June’s referendum for Britain to remain in the European Union. The government in Belfast was split: Sinn Fein, the erstwhile party of the Irish Republican Army, advocated remaining; their coalition partners, the evangelical-aligned Democratic Unionist Party, spent almost half a million pounds backing the Leave campaign.

Under Northern Ireland’s complex power-sharing system, the government cannot function if the two largest parties refuse to take part. But since the Brexit referendum, relations between the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein have deteriorated so badly that many doubt the two parties can return to their mandatory coalition after the March 2 vote. Even more troubling, Brexit undermines the fundamental premise on which the Northern Irish peace process rests: respect for diversity. Despite the wishes of its electorate, Northern Ireland will be leaving the European Union on the same terms as the rest of Britain.

This is not just a democratic deficit. Economically, Northern Ireland, the poorest region in Britain, has become increasingly integrated with the Republic of Ireland. Cross-border trade, particularly in agriculture, has grown steadily. A single energy market was one of the first tangible fruits of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended 30 years of sectarian violence.

In the almost two decades since, Northern Ireland has quietly slipped from Britain’s national consciousness. The seemingly endless television reports of bombings and killings have been replaced by silence. The Conservatives, in particular, have little affection for what Winston Churchill called “the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone.”

Churchill’s distant successor, Prime Minister Theresa May, spent the second half of last year promising “no return to the borders of the past.” Now Ms. May says that the Irish border will be as “fluid” and “friction-free” as possible. What this means in practice is anyone’s guess: James Brokenshire, the secretary of state for Northern Ireland, is reputed to placate queries about the border by saying, “Ms. May is aware of your concerns.”

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Awareness alone will not, however, solve the border problem — or the broader problems. Some 300 roads cross this border, some winding from one jurisdiction to another multiple times in short stretches. Customs posts and border checks would be both vertiginously expensive and an attractive target for emboldened Irish republicans opposed to the peace process.

A solution could — in theory — be possible. Ireland is not part of the European free-travel zone set up by the Schengen Agreement and, as the British government has repeatedly pointed out, an island-wide common travel area predates the European project. Such an accommodation for Northern Ireland, however, would require Brussels’ imprimatur — something Ms. May seems unwilling to even ask for.

Northern Ireland’s economy, so precarious that it requires an annual transfer of around 10 billion pounds a year from Westminster, will be badly hit by a hard border. Under current arrangements, Northern Ireland will receive around 600 million euros annually from the European Union until 2020. After that? Nobody knows.

The tyranny-of-the-majority logic inherent in Brexit also risks destabilizing Northern Ireland’s demographic balance. When the newly partitioned state was founded in 1921, two-thirds of the population was Protestant. Today almost half the people in Northern Ireland are Roman Catholic.

Brexit was sold as a chance for Britain to recover former glories. It could yet precipitate the end of the last vestige of the empire: the United Kingdom itself.

Many moderate Irish nationalists have been content to support the union underpinned by the Good Friday Agreement. But will they be so acquiescent when faced with a hard border in Ireland, and a Little Englander political culture in Westminster? Even some liberal Northern Irish unionists balk at the hard-line rhetoric from London.

The Scots — who overwhelmingly voted to stay in the European Union — are pushing for a new referendum on independence from Britain. A poll on Irish unity is unlikely in the short term, but seems inevitable, too. All of which raises the question of whether the British government actually cares that much about the union anymore.

In July, shortly after becoming prime minister, Ms. May told reporters: “Not everybody knows this, but the full title of my party is the Conservative and Unionist Party, and that word ‘unionist’ is very important to me.” By October, she was denouncing “divisive nationalists” who demanded a Brexit arrangement that reflected the split vote across Britain. The prime minister even publicly snubbed an invitation to address the Irish Parliament in Dublin; the weak Irish government is arguably the only true friend Britain has left among the other 27 European Union member states.

The United Kingdom was always a pragmatic enterprise, a bargain between more-or-less willing participants for commercial and military gain. Imperial spoils held Welsh, Scottish, English and Northern Irish together for centuries. Those bonds are quickly deteriorating. The fracturing of British politics along national lines — the Conservatives hold just a single seat in Parliament from Scotland or Northern Ireland — only adds to the sense of a listing, disunited kingdom.

Ms. May says that Britain will “make a success” of Brexit. On the Irish border, such Pollyanna visions meet cold, hard reality. Without a radical change in course, the British prime minister might end up leading her country out of not one union, but two.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: February 28, 2017, 01:31:21 PM »
It's a hard slog being a Liverpool fan.

So there are murmurs (and some loud shouting - stallion) about Klopp. And I get the concerns, but I see this as a long term investment. Let's call a spade a spade, that squad is a few points ahead of where it should be based on the quality of the players, the keeper and the injuries, and the African cup of Nations.

You say Klopp is slow to change his formation/strategy, but do the team really have the collective strength to change? My hope is that a number of early summer deals are lined up. The truth is klopp's approach requires a hard working smart team with the ability to "carry" one or two flair players depending on opposition. Bluntly speaking we have a keeper and back line that wouldn't do a job at Palace. The midfield is 7/8 place and we are one striker away from greatness. I know that the Fowler/ rush/ Aldridge predator is no longer seen in the PL, but how many goals would they score a season with the kind of service Liverpool are completely unable to convert?

Klopp's reputation can attract the young and hungry players needed to play his way.  He gives youth a chance. That performance last night was heartless and rudderless and abject. Now I'd the time for the scouts to earn their money, and for FSG to put the money behind Klopp's name to convert some of those youngsters to Red Men. And I do think one big "name" would be worth every penny to lift fans, shirt sales, and the other players.
Oh, and take what you can for Can Coutinho and Sturridge.

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