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  1. So from the other side of the world, it seems to me that: Leavers voted for Boris because a) they didn’t trust Corbyn to deliver a Brexit b) Brexit inside the customs union ‘isn’t a real Brexit'. While working-class leavers voted Conservative because they didn’t trust Corbyn to deliver the ‘right kind of Brexit', middle-class remainers have voted Conservative because they are terrified of socialism. Support for Labor policies (Broadband, public ownership of trains, ending austerity etc.) seemed strong. Corbyn went from a hero at the last election for forcing Conservatives into minority govt, now he's a villain. Did committing to the 2nd referendum sink Labor?
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    Cricket

    I remember watching the World Cup in 2015 thinking how lucky we were to have so many match winners with the bat and ball and how our selectors had managed to capture the spirit of the new style of ODI play, while laughing at England getting knocked out by Bangladesh. A lot has happened in the three years since. Having said that, I think the domestic BBL series is playing with the selectors heads (and I reckon Cricket Australia might have a say in which BBL players are 'released' for International duties). I'd hope that with a clean slate that put together a better squad. At least you'd hope so. Some of Australia's selections for this ODI series are bizarre to say the least.
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    Cricket

    Good first day for England. If they bat well tomorrow they have a chance to win the Test.
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    Cricket

    Should Australia have enforced the follow-on?
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    Cricket

    Well Australian beats England at the Gabba which is no surprise. I don't think England have won there since 1986 when Ian Botham went bananas. It seems Smith's innings was the main difference. The next test is Adelaide. Some observers think the pink ball at night will provide more 'English' conditions and will help Broad and Anderson. Of course, a swinging ball may also help Starc. I guess we'll see.
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    Cricket

    Well it's time for another Ashes thread. I predict that if Australia's fast bowlers stay healthy it will be a victory for the home side. If not, it will be a close fought series. Both teams seam to have fairly fragile batting line ups that are overly reliant on one or two batters. BTW for those of you who follow ladies cricket, Laura Jackson from Lancashire (and Cheshire before that) is a coach at my local team.
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    Brexit

    Not with Trump in the White House. An 'isolationist' US will make English less relevant throughout the world.
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    Cricket

    Just thought I'd pop in to deliver some genuine comisserations. I didn't watch the game but saw the highlights the next morning. With 19 off the last over you would feel reasonably confident of victory. I agree that Stoke's choice of deliveries was a bit puzzling, my English work colleague says that Stokes did have an excellent tournament with the ball.
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    Cricket

    Well this is entertaining. Australia should declare and give our bowlers a chance on this greentop before it dries out too much.
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    Cricket

    Well that was a surprise. After day one I presumed it would most likely be dull draw or maybe a narrow Australian victory on the last day. Here are some interesting comments: http://dennisdoescricket.com/england-have-jumped-the-shark/
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    Cricket

    Gee its a bit flat in here. Is having the Ashes on every two years dulling the excitement? I must say this is the least excited I've been for an English Ashes series since I began watching them in 1985.
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    Cricket

    I wouldn't want to bat last on that pitch. It's England's game to lose from here.
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    Cricket

    Yeah I don't like the look of this pitch either.
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    Cricket

    BTW in another example of how ridiculously small a world it is, an old girl friend of mine is now partners with Paul Winslow When I discovered that he was man behind the magnificent song 'Don't look back to Langer' I turned to my old friend and said 'we are in the presence of Royalty here!'
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    Cricket

    \ Amazing finish.
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