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  1. As if the ridiculous pricing of the full international games isn't bad enough.... Who in their right mind at the SFA thinks it is reasonable to charge for an U16 game at the new Oriam national performance centre at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh. I had considered going along but is it really necessary for them to charge £5 (adults) and £2 (kids) for an U16 game like this? Surely it is an opportunity for fans, students, local residents and kids to pop along and see a fantastic new facility and watch the game. How much do the SFA really stand to make from charging for this? It just seems like lunacy and might be quite a small complaint in the grand scheme of things but this sort of nonsense is apparent at all levels of decision-making in the organisation.
  2. I think that's pretty much spot on. Opinions are stronger than ever and people are entrenched in their respective Yes/No camps. The idea of Scotland retaining EU membership seems like absolute fantasy to me. The complexity of the UK negotiating it's way out of the EU is complicated enough. To add in the Scotland/rUK negotiations and by that, also creating rUK/EU and Scotland/EU negotiations - it's quick to see that this would be mind boggling.There are far too many considerations for EU membership (contributions, CAP, CFP, rebate, currency, shengen, etc.) to assume that it would in any way be easy for Scotland to inherit UK membership - not to mention the drastic differences in the size of the UK vs the Scottish state. Brexit is/was a political tool for the SNP to try and push on support for Indy. It has worked marginally but not anywhere near enough so far. I can't see how we wouldn't effectively be negotiating from scratch with the EU which partly removes the pressing timeline tied to Brexit (2017/2018/2019). The real problem is that Brexit is a political tool for the SNP and it loses 90% of it's value once Brexit is officially concluded. This may then see indy support drop off (marginally or otherwise) once life outside of the EU becomes a reality. That doesn't necessary mean that the SNP should push the indyref button in advance of Brexit - as there's simply no point if there's not enough support. It looks to me that they simply don't know what direction they'll take which is probably why you have various SNP sources (Sturgeon, Salmond, McAskill) all giving varied views and timelines. They need to monitor what happens over the next 2 years before deciding on anything. My gut feeling is that nothing will happen before Brexit that will result in sufficient support for a successful Yes vote in an indyref2. That will probably lead to a situation of Brexit meaning that we're out of the EU and another Tory government in 2020. This would set the scene for SNP in 2021 elections but they have a big challenge to achieve competency in government over that period and sustain support. I also foresee a lot of unionist alliances at the 2017 council elections to act as agitators against the Scottish Government in funding negotiations and protesting against cuts from the SNP - albeit that those cuts will be coming originally from Westminster (but this detail will largely be missing). We're already seeing this with the 4 councils that have formed a breakaway from Cosla. I think that's a situation that is only going to get worse.
  3. I don't know how much the money invested in women's football has increased over the last 5/10/15 years but I would expect that the growth has been considerable. The amount of exposure the game gets and demand for respect/equality has certainly increased the visibility of the game and the Scottish women's team seem to have improved in line with that. If there has been considerable financial investment in the country then it probably shows that similar to the GB Olympic performance that if you invest in sport then it pays off. The continuity of a seemingly good manager has no doubt helped as well.
  4. Given that the region voted to Remain in the EU - I expect that by their logic they will also be imminently bringing forward a D&G referendum to remain in the EU. If not, then they should be highlighted for the sham that they are.
  5. Yep. That's what I heard.
  6. I've heard this mentioned before but never actually seen any detail on it. What is the actual law around this?
  7. Seems that Labour are just going for a cash grab now that the coup has failed. The 129,000+ members that have joined since January (mainly to support Corbyn I would guess) aren't being permitted to vote unless they pay an additional £25. Making it up as they go along! It's laughable. No doubt this will put off some of the £3 members who were enticed in by the low membership fee but it will also cash in on some of the fervent support Corbyn has for those willing to pay £25 to back their man. It'll swell the coffers at least but to what end. Corbyn is bound to get back in with even more support now and the Blairites will continue to refuse to support him.
  8. When does the leadership election / challenge or whatever labour are calling it take place?
  9. An absolute sham indeed. Just watching Eagle on the news talking about her smashes window and 'threats' and getting away concluding that the 'bullying has to stop - Jeremy has to go'. How the feck does someone get to attribute bullying to him in such a way and get away with it completely unchallenged and then have it as headline news. It bloody stinks.
  10. Secret ballot at NEC. Looking like more and more possible that Corbyn will be removed from his position.
  11. I think Sturgeon has a chance to work on Kez. She's younger and potentially impressionable and had already shown a chink in the armour when it comes to Indy. If Corbyn were to be toppled it could be the final straw.
  12. I think that fishing equated to about 1% of UK GDP? What would it be for Scotland?
  13. Not really high enough tbh. People are still in the knee-jerk reaction from Brexit. Tbe 59% from Sunday post is more interesting but do we know if it's actually from a polling company yet?
  14. I'm sure that in previous tournaments over the years that some of the Welsh firms 'lads' travel with England to get their international hoolie fix. Euro 2000 in Belgium/Holland specifically springs to mind.
  15. The polls are certainly showing the the wider-UK public have more baws for change than we saw from the Scottish public during the indy referendum. Where in 2014 we thought that people would see through the threats and we had the concept that people wouldn't like being preached to by the establishment/Westminster elite - the idea was that the proud Scottish people would have tipped to 'Yes' with being on the receiving end of such treatment. It simply didn't happen (in enough numbers anyway). Looking back though, the scare stories worked a treat on us. The NHS, pensions, big business, jobs.... Scotland cowered down where the UK now seems to be standing up against the same tactics in the Brexit campaign. There's no doubt more to come though. It'll go in to overdrive in this next 10 days. Ever more pressure from corporations and I'll be amazed if there is not some form of VOW for reformed relations with the UK/EU. It'll be interesting to see how it pans out. One thing I find quite interesting is what I've heard from older voter / pensioners. Many have looked at the failed attempt to win over pensioners in Indyref and pointed the finger of blame regarding a reluctance to change and selfishness around their pension fears, etc. I think this vote is going to blow that concept out of the water. I suspect that most of that demographic will vote for Brexit (change), despite the threats (pensions). IMO this will expose that the pensioner demographic are simply more pro-UK Union, having grown up in post-war Britain, with more of a sense of unity and Great Britain imperialism firmly in their mind. The combination of all of those factors will almost certainly create a hostility to immigration and all of that will lead them towards a Brexit vote.