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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: Today at 11:46:23 AM »
This is interesting

https://www.ft.com/content/2f343703-90c2-4bbc-bbe2-1199f685b9b4

Britain undermines its own case in Northern Ireland Maximalist demands obscure reasonable options for improving the Brexit deal THE EDITORIAL BOARD Add to myFT Loyalists hold a protest against the Northern Ireland protocol and the so-called Irish Sea border at Belfast Harbour earlier this month © Charles McQuillan/Getty Share on Twitter (opens new window) Share on Facebook (opens new window) Share on LinkedIn (opens new window) Share Save The editorial board JULY 25 2021 404 Print this page One can hardly blame the EU for a sense of irritation at the latest British effort to relitigate the Northern Ireland protocol of its Brexit deal. This is a mess created entirely by the prime minister. He advocated Brexit without any consideration for its consequences in the province, careless of the point that it was the common membership of the EU that made the Good Friday Agreement possible. He then scuppered a Brexit deal that would have maintained the integrity of the UK. As prime minister he betrayed the very Unionists whose cause he had championed and negotiated a deal that left Northern Ireland in the single market for goods — leaving trade between Britain and the province subject to customs and regulatory checks. Having denied the protocol would lead to a regulatory border between Britain and Northern Ireland, he now proclaims the rules he said did not exist are in fact too onerous to be borne. His latest gambit is to demand substantial renegotiation of the arrangement under the threat of activating a provision allowing the UK unilaterally to abandon certain key provisions of the protocol as they apply to checks on goods moving between Britain and Northern Ireland. Though this threat should be taken seriously, EU officials are understandably unwilling to reward what they see as bad faith by a government trying to relitigate a deal it wishes it had not signed. Brussels has rejected calls for renegotiation of the protocol, though it remains willing to discuss narrow issues to improve the implementation.
 It is understandable if the EU is not feeling terribly charitable towards Boris Johnson or the Democratic Unionist party, which is using the threat of instability to try to recoup lost political ground and unpick a deal they always opposed because its impact (as widely envisaged) will be to pull Northern Ireland’s businesses away from the UK and further into the EU’s orbit. Opinion: David Allen Green: the Northern Ireland Protocol And yet within the maximalist British demands there are some legitimate points. An overzealous EU interpretation of rules is out of proportion to the threat to the integrity of the single market from British goods arriving in Northern Ireland.

 The risk is theoretical rather than real, not least because there is as yet no significant regulatory divergence. Furthermore there are concerns of a future risk to medicine supplies (Northern Ireland is within the NHS) because of the different approval regimes. Likewise the British request for lighter treatment for goods that are destined to stay in Northern Ireland is worth consideration. There are several other issues that can be eased by a more risk-based approach to the protocol.  Brussels can defensibly argue that the UK can remove many problems by signing up to EU sanitary and phytosanitary rules. This conflicts with the UK’s desire for free trade deals, but choosing to prioritise that over a solution is, Brussels might argue, Boris Johnson’s choice.

And yet for all this there is a need to recognise a problem. So while the EU should rightly reject structural changes to its agreement, it does make sense to ask (as it already has in a few areas) whether it cannot be more imaginative in implementing regulations to draw the sting of the most heartfelt and visible grievances. The nation best placed to broker compromise is Ireland, which can only lose from renewed instability in the North. Having fought for the protocol, Dublin is understandably treading a careful line. But if your neighbour’s semi-detached house is on fire, at some point it ceases to be relevant whether or not they started the blaze.

But we're not on fire in that sense and it's interesting that the UFU and the fisheries industries are quiet as church mice on the NI protocol. They know it's a good thing for them but won't publically say if for fear of the loyalist backlash.

The perceived issues with the protocol are constitutional for loyalists who once again believe everything the DUP who led them down this path say.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 26, 2021, 12:45:49 PM »
Who are the Society of St Peter?

I see them down for a few underage hurling and football games.
Do you mean Warrenpoint? Cumann Naomh Peadar

That's probably who it is, but all of a sudden the English version is coming up on the Down fixtures website when it was the Irish version before.

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Suprising this misdemeanour warrants suspension from that shower but it's taken 5 years for it to happen ::)

DUP man suspended after accusing colleague
of UVF links

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/dup-councillors-suspension-followed-newtownards-21129231#ICID=Android_BelfastLiveNewsApp_AppShare

Odious Portavogie p***k.


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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 26, 2021, 11:21:21 AM »
Who are the Society of St Peter?

I see them down for a few underage hurling and football games.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 23, 2021, 03:34:38 PM »
Bozo's let it RIP policy taking effect

https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2021/0722/1236563-australia-and-new-zealand-pull-out-of-world-cup/
Nothing to do with them making such a mess of vaccinations then? You certainly can’t accuse Bojo of that.

ahem,
    Questions being asked as to why 12 to 18 yo's aren't being vaccinated and it seems Bozo and his mates didn't procure enough BioNTec which is deemed to be the best for this age group.

A lot of EU countries are either catching up or ahead of GB in terms of vaccinated people and will overtake them in getting teenagers vaccinated and back into schools.
They’ll pick up the antibodies handy enough if they catch covid.

And be lucky if they don't get long Covid?

There's no doubting they are going for herd immunity again now that Boris has vaccinated/killed off all the over 80's whereas NZ are holding off until they've vaccinated everyone from 12 up before reducing restrictions.




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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: July 23, 2021, 02:36:41 PM »
Bozo's let it RIP policy taking effect

https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2021/0722/1236563-australia-and-new-zealand-pull-out-of-world-cup/
Nothing to do with them making such a mess of vaccinations then? You certainly can’t accuse Bojo of that.

ahem,
    Questions being asked as to why 12 to 18 yo's aren't being vaccinated and it seems Bozo and his mates didn't procure enough BioNTec which is deemed to be the best for this age group.

A lot of EU countries are either catching up or ahead of GB in terms of vaccinated people and will overtake them in getting teenagers vaccinated and back into schools.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: July 23, 2021, 01:59:41 PM »
Excuse my ignorance but was Gaelfast not put in place to support GAA in Belfast? As an Antrim man I don’t mind it spreading its wings throughout the county but going into St. Pat’s Maghera? f**k that!

And the Down parts as well, but if you can make it to take Gaelfast coaches to North Antrim, they can also make it to the Ards peninsula.

Where Gaelfast went wrong was aligning it so rigidly to Antrim CB..

 ;D What do you down boys know?

(Joke - you're probably spot on to be fair)

I know a shítshow when I see one  ;D

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GAA Discussion / Re: Leinster U20 football championship 2021
« on: July 23, 2021, 11:28:11 AM »
TG4 and their coverage of U20 hurling and football has been fantastic.

These levels are in my mind a purer version of the games where ability overrides tactical strangling of the games which is inclined to happen at senior.



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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: July 23, 2021, 10:50:20 AM »
Excuse my ignorance but was Gaelfast not put in place to support GAA in Belfast? As an Antrim man I don’t mind it spreading its wings throughout the county but going into St. Pat’s Maghera? f**k that!

And the Down parts as well, but if you can make it to take Gaelfast coaches to North Antrim, they can also make it to the Ards peninsula.

Where Gaelfast went wrong was aligning it so rigidly to Antrim CB..


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: July 21, 2021, 04:59:51 PM »
Brexit is a failure. it was based on economic assumptions which failed to materialise.
the EU didn't give the UK free Single Market Access . There are no decent trade deals out there.

Taking the UK out of its economic hinterland is ridiculous.

Brexit was never about economic benefits, it was about immigration and the elephant in the room was closing down taxation loopholes for the well heeled.
Everything thereafter was pure bullshít.
In order to be sustainable, Brexit had to have economic benefits. Unionism in NI is the same. It has to benefit people. Neither do.
Brexit is doomed. So is Unionism

Tell that to the 15million people who voted for something they never fully understood but it was going to keep the immigrants out at whatever cost.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: July 21, 2021, 01:39:57 PM »
Brexit is a failure. it was based on economic assumptions which failed to materialise.
the EU didn't give the UK free Single Market Access . There are no decent trade deals out there.

Taking the UK out of its economic hinterland is ridiculous.

Brexit was never about economic benefits, it was about immigration and the elephant in the room was closing down taxation loopholes for the well heeled.
Everything thereafter was pure bullshít.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: July 21, 2021, 12:21:29 PM »
I can get the fact that there needs to be controls of 'goods' entering NI from Britain but I was looking at it from the likes of foods not materials like wood, steel and things like that.

The reason why I'm asking is that more and more companies are not delivering to the north and I'm taking, lets say, garden furniture, what's the difficulty in the paperwork or is it a handy excuse to not bother shipping here?

My take is that while it may not be that hard to get up to speed with the paperwork we are such a small market most just can't be ars*d.

This and the pricks in GB haven't fully resourced their end of the bargain. Probably didn't expect the EU to make them honour their side of the agreement, charlatans.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2021
« on: July 21, 2021, 11:33:41 AM »
Some great U20 hurling on TG4 the last few nights.

Clare were outplayed and overpowered by Limerick on Monday night. The Limerick machine looks to keep churning out brutes of men who can also hurl. Clare were missing a few of the lads who've played senior didn't help them. Limerick looked ominous.

Last night we'd Cork V Tipp up first with Tipp off to a flyer (again) only for Cork to come back into it in the second half. Cork had serious pace in their forwards and that seems to be the way they're going. The final will be an interesting matchup.

In Leinster Galway were making wee boys out of Kilkenny and had something like a 13 point lead at half time. Classy hurlers but Kilkenny never gave up and got the lead down to 4 but couldn't close it to anything less than that. Carlow ref was a tad kind to the Kilkenny lads at times.
Dublin in the final.




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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: July 20, 2021, 04:20:29 PM »
Jeff Bezos being sued by the makers of 70's Soft porn spoof Flesh Gordon for stealing their design;



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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: July 20, 2021, 03:55:23 PM »
is that not an infringement of human rights. I would imagine value cabs are in trouble

THink I don't want to see it as there's supposed to be three and I saw the last one...

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