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  1. To be fair to Dyche the premier league is littered in players who looked like journeymen before their time at Burnley (Ings, Keane, Rodriguez, Austin, Trippier etc). I'm not sure I would bet against him. Really the majority of the credit for Burnley's recovery goes to Dyche. He has been sensational.
  2. Definitely a new low in supporting Rovers, and all the more bitter as it seemed we had made the best moves since Venkys came in retaining Mowbray and a lot of apparently good signings for this level. Topped off by Burnley having one of their best ever results. How much worse can it get? Anything seems possible. Venkys just have to go.
  3. With PAYE income it is straightforward, but with earnings from any other area it is a total nightmare. They essentially rely on self reporting of income backed up with occasional use of auditors Therere isn't a simple way for government to check what is and isn't income outside of PAYE. For example - if you borrowed £200 from your gran, how does the government know that is a loan rather than income? The only way they know it is a loan, short of sending the auditors round, is that you do not declare it as income. It all largely works because by and large people are honest and decent. Though of course there are plenty who aren't.
  4. I have to say this sort of thinking is very selfish, sad and narrow minded. If everyone tried to circumvent the tax system the whole thing would fall apart, it relies on good faith to function. Without that good faith we would have no public services or society. That some scrotes exploit loop holes in the system for their own benefit is wrong, and they deserve to be thought of and treated as utter tossers, including Ferguson.
  5. I think McCarthy was signed specifically to play with Bellamy. Hughes was quoted as saying so at some point. They would have been a cracking partnership.
  6. Bellamy to me was a similar player to Henry, if not quite as good. Extremely quick, very skillful, a strong passer, and could score from anywhere. If his temperament was better he could have been a top European player. Its a real shame he won so little in his career, but he only has himself to blame. Best striker after shearer for me. On his day utterly unplayable - that performance against Boro was ridiculous.
  7. Dack sounds like a quality signing. I look forward to watching him. As others have said I can't see how Mulgrew will stay. He's a full international. He can't play in League One.
  8. While he/the Tories done f all to implement it the "Northern Powerhouse" idea from Osbourne is the right direction. A lot of the reason London hoovers up the investment is that other cities and regions are too fragmented in their governance to effectively lobby for cash, or produce integrated plans for investment. Larger regional investment bodies will be able to deliver more effective investment projects. Andy Burnham and the other northern mayors need to lobby in unison for cash, and propose integrated plans across the region.
  9. The whole immigration thing is farcical. It looks very likely we will stay in the customs union now, and that means we will not actually have any improved control over immigration compared to when we were in the EU, plus we will still contribute to the EU budget. What an absolute mess. No one on either side of the debate is going to get anywhere near what they want.
  10. I don't think they would take a risk on blocking UK banks/billing address as plenty of custom will be from expats who live abroad but will pay via UK bank accounts with a UK billing address.
  11. Well the US were doing something about it until they defunded family planning clinics.
  12. I think keeping a sense of proportion is crucial. In Northern Ireland during the Troubles hundreds of people were killed every year, and both sides were well armed and organised on a war footing. This is a long long way from that. These remain incidents, in my opinion, to be handled by the police.
  13. I sympathise with your point of view, but to limit the internet in the way Tiering suggest would entail effective locking down the technology easily available to people and accepting a massive productivity impact on individuals and businesses. I can't see that happening. The internet is the most radically decentralised network ever created. Any effective regulation of it is doomed to failure. May will have some success in getting Google and Facebook to moderate content, but she we will get nowhere in terms of blanket denial of access.
  14. If I understand it correctly it is virtually impossible to counter a VPN without a total register of all IP addresses. For example - say the government made Wikipedia illegal. They could ask all ISPs to block wikipedia. But the ISPs would not know you were connecting to wikipedia if you are on VPN as the only address the ISP would see is the VPN IP address, not the end website (wikipedia) IP address. Even if they did manage to work a way around that, immediately - due to demand - someone would quickly mirror wikipedia at a new IP address not blocked by the ISPs. Then the government would need to find that new address and block it. Continue ad infinitum. The only effective way to lock it all down would be to somehow register, track and audit all IP addresses as we do - for example - with number plates and cars. The government does not have the resources to do that, and cannot do that for overseas sites, and it would be a huge productivity drain for all businesses and individuals to constantly register websites with the government and sign off on content. In my opinion the government, if it could, would have closed down Torrents, Hate Speech sites, extreme pornography etc years ago. It isn't a lack of will to do it. It's just that it isn't technologically feasible. I recognise you are more technically able than myself, so look forward to being corrected, but that is as I understand it above.
  15. I can't see how they can do anything about the VPN issue. The Chinese government can't do anything effective to stop citizens using VPN, so I think the EFL/club is not going to have much hope.