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  1. 30. David Luiz

    Cheers bud.
  2. 30. David Luiz

    Seems like a bit of a painic buy but at least my username is relevant again.
  3. Politics & Stuff

    Reducing immigration is not necessarily racism, yes, however it's the motives behind this that are often racist. I've heard many arguments about "foreigners coming over here and taking our benefits", despite the fact immigration generally makes a positive contribution to the economy. There's also many people that complain about walking down the street and not seeing a white face, or complaining about there being Polish food shops. What the hell does it matter?? And again, yes, there are sometimes social consequences when there is mass immigration concentrated in one particular are, although there are other ways this can be tackled instead of just reducing immigration into the country entirely. However even these negatives to immigration should not be seen as an excuse for extremism or racism. Farage is at very least a racist sympathiser given his defense of racist party members. He knows many of his supporters are racist and uses this to his advantage to send out his ideology by breeding hate. And whether or not Farage made the poster, he was still happy to present it. The City is generally full of wankers who caused one of the worst recessions in recent times (no thanks to the politicians who were supposed to be regulating them) so I can completely understand why many will want to give them the two fingers, but a referendum is not the place for a protest vote as the consequences last many lifetimes. The thing here though is that if The City is affected badly by this vote, it's not the stockbrokers and bankers who pay the consequences. When you have Tory government who only care about keeping the rich rich whilst shouting "long term economic plan", it will be the working class, the jobless and the disabled who pay the most for it, many of whom will have voted Leave. Anyone is better than Boris but Gove's cabinet record is abysmal and May's isn't much better - despite this she's probably still the best person for the job which says it all really. Even a small tariff will have big implications given the volume of imports and exports the UK trades. While countries like France have pro-EU leaders I can't see them being lenient in negotiations, they'll want to try stem the tide of Euroscepticism. There will be open doors but none as valuable as the EU in my opinion. I still highly doubt the EU will be willing to negotiate with us if we don't invoke Article 50, given they've said just as much. I can't see there ever being a "Northern Ireland council". There seemed to be a desire among most to maintain the status quo purely just to avoid any more trouble but since the referendum there's already been renewed calls for a united Ireland which will likely be even stronger if there is no common travel area. Either way it could lead to renewed trouble. Essentially a Scottish Pound yes. Scotland is actually lacking in immigration (something the Yes campaign should have made more of an issue about before the referendum), as it needs more people of a working age to balance out an ageing population, which is why it's probably more important for Scotland to stay in the EU. The economy should not be based on oil and I don't thin that was Salmond's plan either. Scotland would be 99.9% certain to get its geographical share of the North Sea, i.e. the bit that has all the oil in it, believe me I have done my research in this particular area! Any suggestion that Scotland would only get its population share of the sea that surrounds it is absolutely ludicrous (should we only get our population share of the highlands too...?). The SNP's calculations were based on the correct (geographical) share of oil, the thing they got wrong was overestimating the price of email. You're correct though that it still isn't a vote winner and any new campaign must make more of Scotland's other resources and exports. A lot depends on whether the EU is willing to be lenient with Scotland to try play down the whole Brexit situation. Spain and France's leaders have said no but unfortunately for them its up to the EU commission, not them.
  4. Politics & Stuff

    You can use the "fairer immigration system" shtick all you like, no one is buying it. The purpose of a leave vote was to reduce immigration and Farage played that card to win as many votes as possible. Just because you know some racist people doesn't mean that you have the final say on who is racist in this world and who is not. Farage played the immigrant card in this referendum, as he always has done to try win votes. The Syrian refugee poster he revealed was absolutely disgusting (you ignored that point - conveniently) and something reminiscent of 1930s Europe. He has defended both members and supporters of his party who have came out with racist remarks, time and time again. He is a racist. Shouting "some of my best friends are foreigners!" does not change a thing. Quite why spitting on someone is seen as the barometer for racism I'm not sure. A lot of the initial turmoil will recover eventually. Markets react incredibly sensitively to expectations and so obviously everything went to shit on Friday when no one had any clue as to what was going to happen. However it will take a while before certainty is restored and so markets will continue to be below their pre-Brexit levels for some time. It is also worth mentioning the lasting damage this could do to the financial services sector as the EU along with many bus8ness is almost certain to move its operations. I was no fan of the scaremongering from the remain camp. Some of it was true however a load of toffs from the Tory party telling everyone the sky will fall in if this, this and that happens has got to be one of the worst political campaigns in living memory. I know what it's like to be on the opposite side of all that scaremongering so I will be one of the first to condemn it (unfortunately people north of the border seemed to lap it up much more easily). The more intelligent people in leave (I know you aren't all racists) may have ideas of this being an outward looking vote (although it is still surely better to have a market on your doorstep rather than one with those halfway across the world). However given the way the leave campaign was fought and those who voted leave, the UK attempting to globalise itself now would likely go down like a cup of cold sick with many leave voters, as would the UK and EU retaining free movement of people between each other. Eurosceptic flowing throughout Europe is the exact reason the political elite in Brussels are likely to treat us very harshly! They will want to make an example of us to try stem the tide of further countries leaving. And Switzerland is a completely void example. It is a tax haven and so has many of the world's rich pumping their money into it for that reason, it is nothing like the UK. Regardless of turnout (all that does is suggest many young people are not turned on politically - nothing new really), an overwhelming majority of young people who take any sort of interest in current affairs and/or politics voted to remain. If we we were to fanny about picking at rules one by one the EU would despise us for wasting their time. Goodbye friendly trade. They are a victim though, regardless of visas their free movement with Spain will not be the same. The same goes for Northern Ireland (something that is criminally barely being spoken of at a national level). This result actually has the potential to be dangerous in Northern Ireland. You have the DUP union jack waving simpletons who only voted to leave because "Rule Brittania", as there is genuinely no way a leave vote could possibly help Northern Ireland. Meanwhile republicans are now calling for a border poll and we have the possibility of border controls coming back. Is that the 1980s calling back? Personally I'm in favour of a new currency if it does happen however many talks will be needed with the EU before anyone has a scooby what the terms of re-entry or staying will be. Salmond has done an awful lot for the SNP and the Yes cause over the years, however his stumbling block two years ago was indeed currency and reliance on oil. While oil is a significant part of the Scottish economy there is much more to it than that and not enough was made of this during the campaign. Salmond knows his economics and I don't for a second think he was planning on basing the entire economy on oil however the No camp played that card and it won. Sturgeon will hopefully have learned from his mistakes and is also a much more appealing personality to the masses than the love-or-hate figure Salmond is.
  5. Politics & Stuff

    ^^^ little Englander found Firstly, Nigel Farage is at very least a racist sympathiser. He revealed a poster featuring a line of Syrian refugees, something akin to Nazi propaganda. He has defended those in his party who are openly racist and blames immigrants for all the UK's problems. Stating he has a German wife is akin to the "some of my best friends are black" defence. Quite what relevance it is that he used to be a stockbroker I'm not sure. Secondly, while I agree that the people have had their say and given we live in a democracy the result must stand, this doesn't change the fact that a significant proportion of leave voters were racist morons blaming immigrants for all their problems. Neither does it change that the baby boomers voted in their droves to leave, leaving everyone else to sort out this shit storm when they inevitably pop their cloggs in 5 to 10 years time. Thirdly, whoever takes over as Prime Minister has no chance in hell of taking EU laws back "one by one". Article 50 must be invoked before anything happens in that regard, that much is clear. Meanwhile, trade deals are far harder to negotiate than leave voters care to admit, and quite why The Commonwealth is cited so often remains a mystery unless you still dream of the British Empire restoring the "glory days". Fourthly, Gibraltar are the real victims here. They voted overwhelmingly to remain because they knew the problems this would create with the Spanish border (the same goes for the Northern Ireland situation). I feel sorry for them both and hope that neither country has to have border controls between their respective EU neighbours. Lastly, it's nice to see you want us (Scotland) to be an independent country so much - there's another thing we agree on! By the way, Ms Nicola Sturgeon was not First Minister during the last referendum campaign and so had little say in whether England got a vote, however the reason it didn't happen is because it is a ludicrous suggestion, much like any suggestion that other EU countries should have had a say in this referendum. However we were fair enough to give British nationals and EU nationals living in Scotland a vote, unlike the UK Government not allowing EU nationals living in the UK to vote in this referendum. Also, Scotland does not scrounge off either the UK or the EU. Scotland is a net contributer to the UK and would be one of the richest countries in the EU if it were an independent country within it. There is far more to the Scottish economy than oil. Scotland is now more likely than ever to leave the UK as it wants to be an outward looking country within the EU, however I will feel sorry for the some of the more reasonable people in England and Wales who will be left surrounded by Daily Mail readers when the inevitable happens.
  6. Tactics/Formations thread

    Implementing a formation because it works in a computer game? Thank Christ you're not the manager.
  7. Juan Mata

    He's the best no. 10 at the club by a distance so I'd rather he stayed but he's too good to be sitting on the bench every week. If the best way to secure regular playing time is by moving club then good luck to him. Shame he never got a good run of games playing behind the striker this season to show us what we all know he can do.