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  Relying on this bored
Posted by: cornishbaggie - 10-22-2020, 05:53 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (40)

That's me done with work for a while, off into Hayle hospital for a hip replacement on Monday, so relying on this bored to keep me entertained for a while.

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  Field Sam
Posted by: HawkingsHalfpint - 10-22-2020, 05:36 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (5)

This could be our SAVE FERRIS.

With Rojminge out and Livermore showing all the skill and willing of a Jehovah's Witness on a Hell's Angel's doorstep, this could have been his chance.

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  Sam Field
Posted by: SW4Baggie - 10-22-2020, 02:28 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (18)

Out for a month with a knee injury... 

We may well have to consider Ajayi for that DMC role.

Meanwhile Saudi clubs chasing Hegazy but we’re not selling unless there’s a bloody big bid.

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  FAQ Peachy
Posted by: Fido - 10-22-2020, 12:56 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (4)

Just picked up some of that Two Hoots Barkham Blue this morning and have tucked in over lunch. Really nice and quite subtle for a blue.

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Posted by: Fulham Fallout - 10-22-2020, 09:00 AM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (30)

Are any of you going to cook pumpkins this year? If so, what are you going to cook?

I’m planning on cooking a few different soups;
Goulash style

I think I may make a pumpkin Indian curry also.

I will buy a few and store them in the garage until ready I’m ready to cook. 

Have you any plans for them this year?

I suspect with Halloween being a no go this year, there will be loads in sale at ridiculously cheap prices come November

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  A New Deal For The Young
Posted by: Protheroe - 10-22-2020, 08:34 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (32)

I've only been saying this since the financial crisis. Good to see that the zeitgeist is finally catching up...

David Aaronovitch

Not so very long ago I went into my local pharmacy, picked up my prescription and waited for the bill. I looked at the assistant and she looked at me. There was an awkward pause. Then she read my mind. “You don’t have to pay any more,” she told me. And I thought God, am I really that old? Followed by, why am I getting a subsidy I don’t need? Then, but isn’t it rather nice and don’t I kind of deserve it? It took me almost a full day to recover from the ambivalence.

And then this week a chap called Dennis Reed set it off again. Mr Reed is director of a pensioners’ group called Silver Voices. He had been involved in discussions with the BBC and was angry that the corporation was planning to go ahead and make most over-75s pay the licence fee. You may recall that this benefit, worth £157.50, was introduced by Labour in 2000 and funded by the government. Then in 2015 it was decided that the BBC would pick up the tab for it from this year onwards, at a possible annual cost of about £750 million. However, it was left to the BBC to decide whether the subsidy would continue and at what level.

The intention was, I believe, to force the BBC to make significant budget cuts to pay the fees of all over-75s. But the BBC demurred. Instead it is charging over-75s who are not on pension credit (ie who are not poorer pensioners), so that the cost is reduced to £250 million. It’s this that has incensed Mr Reed. He’s cross with the government and cross with the BBC for not resisting the government. And now, he says, he plans to ballot his members on whether they should boycott the licence fee.

I have a fair idea what would happen if Mr Reed succeeded in his campaign, at least as far as the BBC is concerned. To put it at its starkest, he is advocating a course of action in which an unneeded subsidy to pensioners would lead to job losses for a number of younger people. This is, of course, not his intention.

It’s no one’s intention, and yet it’s a pattern of generational redistribution that seems to have set in both in this country and elsewhere. Part of it is about state action, part of it is about private assets. In the decade following the great crash, median disposable incomes of retired households in Britain increased by 16 per cent, and those of non-retired households by just 3 per cent. Where retired households had been £70 a week worse off than working ones in 2001, by 2017 they were £20 better off. The Resolution Foundation found that one in five pensioner families had one or more person in employment, and that growth in private pension incomes and public benefits had been the most important factors in the growth of their income.

During the period of austerity the triple-lock pension guarantee meant that pensioners were shielded from the consequences of restricted spending, where families were not. To put it brutally, it has been an OK time to be a pensioner and a bad one to be a poor child. This week it was announced that the state pension increase in the spring will be the 2.5 per cent minimum decreed by the guarantee, in a year when inflation looks set to be 0.5 per cent at most.

Another trend has been to make so many pensioner benefits universal and to means test everyone else’s. Since, according to some estimates, we have a couple of million over-60s who possess more than £1 million in assets, this undiscriminating generosity seems a little perverse.

And it’s not just here. I’ve been reading a new book, The Upswing, by the celebrated American political scientist Robert Putnam. Early on in the book there’s one of the most extraordinary graphs I’ve seen recently. It has two lines: one is the value of government/state spending per person on the elderly and the other is spending on the poor. In the postwar period these lines almost track each other in a 45-degree rise, so that by the end of the 1960s monthly assistance to both was about $900 per month.

And then, abruptly, the lines begin to diverge. By 2001 the monthly figure for pensioners had risen to $1,483. For the poor it had dropped to $392. This is an extreme version of what has also happened in Britain.

I remember why policy changed in the way it did. As a 12-year-old in the 1960s my comprehensive school in Holloway encouraged us to run errands for poor pensioners. One old man, living alone in a dank basement, was of the Great War generation. I can remember everything about that room, its smell, about his tattered clothes and about him. It couldn’t go on.
But now, with the gigantic exception of the problem of social care, pensioner poverty is not our greatest concern. And it’s possible to argue that resources many pensioners don’t need could be better applied to helping younger people, but that the voting habits across the democracies mean that older voters turn out more assiduously to defend their gains.
Might this help to explain this week’s study, carried on our front page, showing a dissatisfaction on the part of the young with democracy itself? According to the mega-survey of five million people, those in their twenties and thirties had markedly less faith in democratic institutions than their forebears had at the same age. This falling off was particularly noticeable in the Anglophone countries.

You can theorise about why this has happened and throw in social media, the decline of deference and many other factors, but the link between material improvement and political satisfaction is a pretty well-tested one. In other words, we could be seeing a kind of slow Weimar Republic, in which a loss of prospects gradually detaches the young from a commitment to liberal democracy. If mainstream politicians don’t pay attention to this, a door will be left open for a smart populist who can harness young people’s grievances.

And that’s all before the pandemic. Out there, the jobs market for graduates and school leavers is murderous and the employment situation for millions who are clinging on to often poorly paid jobs is precarious. Even when we bounce back after the pandemic, the situations of millions of young people will have been altered for the worse. Here in Britain, as if that wasn’t bad enough, their elders have managed to saddle them with Brexit, often championed by semi-domiciled billionaires who will never feel the effects of what they have wrought.
Older people of Britain, we have a task ahead. The country needs a plan to rescue our young from disillusion and despair. No, more than a plan. It needs to change its priorities. And that means us giving up some of what we have, in taxes and loss of benefits, not attaching ourselves limpet-like to our freebies.

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Posted by: Fulham Fallout - 10-22-2020, 05:36 AM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (42)

With restrictions being tightened across the country and the trial of supporters allowed in to grounds postponed, do they really believe this will have any impact whatsoever?  

<shakes head in disbelief>


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  Favourite track by..... Vol 178
Posted by: fbaggy - 10-22-2020, 04:54 AM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (19)

Amy Winehouse

Love is a Losing Game

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  Our evolving team...
Posted by: Hopalong - 10-21-2020, 11:30 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (3)

Slav took one for the Club at Saints....which laid the foundation for a relatively smooth transition to the Burnley line-up and beyond.  Sly.  

I think 9 of the best team we are able to field are now in place - I'm giving Diang the benefit of the doubt after his last two performances.  He'd better turn up at Brighton or I reckon it's 3 strikes and out for a while.  It's Gibbs for me at left back so that would make 10, leaving just the right back slot to fill.  It would be interesting to see Semi in that role for both his defensive capabilities and pace in covering Ivanovic.   



RB???       Ivanovic    Hegazy    ??? Gibbs for me

               Kroc-vinovic    Gallagher

Periera               Grant            Diangana   

If Diang's current form continues, I would move Grant to the left (from where he has scored most of his goals) and put Robinson in the middle.  



           Ajayi       Ivanovic    Hegazy    

   Kroc-vinovic  Gallagher  Livermore   Gibbs
  Periera          Robinson/Grant     Diangana/Grant  

Beyond the above there are very few players in the squad who are up to the job, so we need to pray we don't get many injuries.  Psalm 23.  

Bench options: (from)    Rolleyes

Button - who knows?
Peltier (has actually had a yr in the Prem) 
Townsend (good enough?)
Furlong (good enough?)
O'Shea - will possibly replace Ivanovic/Hegazy in a couple of years
Bartley (really like Kyle but...good enough?)
Kipre  (should possibly have been sent on loan to a top-end Chump club, someone like Swansea)
Field - (big season for Sam, needs to really push Livermore for a place)
Harper (age on his side maybe should have been sent on loan, needs to find himself and his position - what is he?)
Sawyers (big challenge for Romaine this season - can he hack it?)   
Robson-Kanu (won't see him til December - will have useful cameos)
Phillips - still think Matty has something to offer - length of contract is a concern!
Edwards ( should have been sent on loan - Cov?) 
Austin - think he's comfy on his contract til June - can't see him making any impact but you never know
Bond - think he's done well when called on but really don't understand why someone of his age is happy as a No 3.  


In the grand scheme of things (whatever that is) not overly bothered (but will be gutted when it happens)  if we go down as we are making progress (I think, lol).  

We have a chance and  I really do believe that we have a fantastic bunch of lads (look at Livermore when we got promoted...it meant so much to the wider club.   If anything we are too nice but I'm ok with that,  I'm proud of them anyway.  As Slav said the other day they gave their all and that's all we ask.  


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  Ivan Toney
Posted by: Ciro - 10-21-2020, 07:22 PM - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (7)

Looks the real deal. Another 2 again already tonight. Brentford do well with their business model and recruitment. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

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