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El Tombro

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  1. Gallagher has scored 4 goals in 10 appearances. He's not the easiest on the eye but he's scoring at a reasonable rate, especially when he still gets played out wide from time to time. I think struggling is definitely something that could be attributed to him for pretty much most of his time at the club, but not he's not doing badly at the moment.
  2. I don't normally feel flat on a match day. Even in the knowledge that Mowbray should have gone a long time go it doesn't really affect my enjoyment of watching Rovers, especially if we pick up a good result. This QPR game is different. For probably the first time in my adult life I feel like not watching it and doing something else instead. It's apathy. Everyone has different breaking points, but this is mine. The Coventry game epitomises Rovers under Mowbray; getting into good positions in a match or in the league, and then throwing the towel in through either poor game management or psychology. We will probably bumble along this season with the usual pattern of a good points haulage followed by a dismal one. There is no consistency. There is always a huge psychological struggle to beat a squad with inferior players. The supporters have nothing much to get excited about as far as management goes, and nobody is expecting it to change. The issue is that Mowbray hasn't nosedived us into oblivion like Coyle or Kean did, but rather that it's just getting old and stale now. All is not lost this season if we could get a replacement in to give us a boost into serious play-off contenders. It's going to be a colossal waste of time for the club if Mowbray is just allowed to sit there until his contract ends. The thought of having to neither listen to nor see Mowbray as our manager in seven months time gives me a lift. The thought having to endure a pointless seven months of him makes me feel completely flat and unmotivated to watch us. I'll end up watching us out of duty but I just don't want to. Almost like when I was a kid and we had to do family visits.
  3. Thanks for the compliment, Dreams. G4S employ on-site testing staff on a temporary basis. There would be nothing wrong in the government offering temporary jobs in the same manner and perhaps paying them a bit more whilst still having money left over for other resources. Instead the government seems to prefer handing out huge contracts to the same players: G4S; Deloitte; mates of ministers. It seems as though the fair tenders for contracts have gone completely out of the window, at least during this pandemic. I'm not strictly against outsourcing but there is too much cronyism going on and some of these companies are simply skimming the situation. "We'll be a better world because of this" my arse. With prisons, I suspect we are going the same way as the US if we aren't already. Some US prisons are privately run, meaning they need to turn a profit for shareholders. These companies receive a stipend for an incarcerated person, and they do not spend that amount on the prisoner. Ultimately, it's in these companies' interests to keep the number of incarcerated as high as possible. That leads to all sorts of alarm bells in my mind, but on top of that you have other companies getting in on the act such as Securis. Securis have introduced extortionate costs for internet data and telephone calls that families of the incarcerated must pay in order for them to be contacted. So it's also in these types of companies' interests to keep the numbers incarcerated as high as possible. They also have horrendous privacy policies to boot, meaning they can find other ways to exploit this odd market. We recently heard about privacy issues with track and trace, and the potential for certain medical data to be sold off to US companies under the NHS. It's all wrong. These services should be kept squeaky clean from greedy companies. Sadly, I think we're just starting out on that road.
  4. A total of one point against Huddersfield, Blackpool, and Coventry is quite dismal and bottom half material. The post-match LT headline suggests Mowbray says they (Rovers) shot themselves in the foot. Why is Mowbray here? What does he take responsibility for?
  5. Victorian times? In modern history the haulage industry only started to sow its problems in the last 25 years or so. Even you suggested this in one of your replies. Whilst outsourcing logistics is probably the core part of the issue, being a member of the EU superficially fixed this issue - until now when it all becomes clear that the government has to now address the haulage industry problems. I'm far from convinced that this particular government will address it, which is quite shameful given that they are supposed to support British workers. They are doing absolutely nothing for them, particularly when you consider their sole interest is fixing Christmas and not looking much beyond. Where are their initiatives? What are they doing to help British workers? The answer would appear to be nothing. What happened to control of our own destiny? It leaves us with unions. That's why they exist. When governments do nothing, that's what unions are there to do - to intervene for their workers. If you value Christmas so much, as you did in your original reply, then why are you ultimately showing so much disdain for them? Unite have proposed a council to resolve their grievances and, ultimately, make the haulage driving job a more appealing one (because it's frankly perturbing by all accounts), yet you mention none of this. As a "Labour supporter at heart", what alternative do you suggest for these workers other than a union that is attempting to increase their piss-poor pay and conditions? You tell us of the problems, which specifically revolve around the (few) leaders of the union and your suggestion that your Christmas is ruined, but you do not address the actual workers whatsoever in neither your many complaints nor your non-existent solutions for these workers.
  6. Some of the union bigwigs benefit very nicely from being just that. There is enough evidence to suggest that there is a big element of exploitation on their part for their own gains. However, that is a separate issue to fighting a cause for the workers who will fulfil your Christmas dreams in poor working conditions. You're trying a cleansweep of a union which, perhaps in spite of one or two of its leaders, remembers that it has workers to fight for. The issue is more than disliking McCluskey et. al. Take away the unions from an industry that frankly needs them and they have absolutely nothing other than the mercy of their employers.
  7. Given that you're the one that brought this blame game, people are responding with fair arguments why you're wrong. If you can't deal with it, don't bring your blame game to the table.
  8. There is virtually nobody supporting their conditions, and the government are hardly supporting them by just trying to put things back as they were before COVID-19 and Brexit. There was a Question Time episode a few weeks back with somebody who was a trucker (or maybe it was his dad) who explained how their situation had declined in terms of both pay and demand. You only have to listen to that - a real account of somebody on the ground - to realise what it's like. I wouldn't be as interested in having a normal "corporate" Christmas ensuring all of my Amazon deliveries arrive than I would be about the people that have to fulfil that - the haulage drivers. They deserve a bit of support and, to be frank, a bit of extra pay for doing a job. Nobody is really fighting their corner because the government is just trying to plug the whole with a bit of cardboard; bringing in drivers temporarily from the EU. After that, then what?
  9. It is disgraceful for any politician to use such terms. Starmer should expel her. Sadly, I think it's more complicated than that, but then Starmer is going to have to grow a pair at some point and send a clear message to the electorate about what he and his party stand for and, specifically, do not accept. That being said, I'd be cautious to link Rayner's insult to the death of an MP. Of course, it's possible that those words might have encouraged somebody to get angry and kill somebody but it's also possible that they didn't. Only the person that killed Amess will know. Even if I thought Tories were scum, which I don't, I certainly wouldn't say it. My suspicion is that Rayner said it to test Starmer's mettle. As with Jo Cox, I never heard of David Amess before, but it's truly sad - RIP.
  10. As you suggest, the seeds of the problems for the haulage industry were sown in the mid-90s when companies began to outsource their delivery needs to logistics companies whom, in short, demand more and pay less for their drivers. In terms of "where has the trade union been for the last 30 years", the haulage drivers from the EU that have been around probably papered over the cracks in the industry. Now that many gone back to their native countries recently, likely due to a combination of COVID-19 and Brexit, the demand for haulage drivers is high whilst the supply is low. I don't think it is unfair to say that the situation has come to a head and has drawn attention to the value of the haulage industry to consumers, something many of us probably didn't previously consider. The situation is that you either need to pay more for workers in-demand, or the demands on those workers have increased to the point where they deserve the correct pay to match. One of the two. I wonder if the previous influx of haulage drivers from the EU played a part in reduced wages and higher demands. I'm personally aware of skilled workers coming to the UK from the EU and prepared to take lower wages which employers took full advantage of. I would assume pro-Brexit people would support Unite's movement because it is possible that being an EU member degraded the industry somewhat, and Unite might just be forcing something to get its workers back into fairer conditions. Shouldn't these workers be paid what they deserve? Why should they be asked not to strike so that the rest of the country can have yet another indulgent Christmas that they really could survive (and perhaps benefit) without? I would argue that the time to get this message across for haulage drivers has never been better. Their grievances not only deserve to be heard but also addressed. Unite have proposed an industry-wide council to address the aforementioned issues with pay and conditions, similar to what most other European countries do. If a post-Brexit Britain is going to do what it said on the tin and improve conditions for workers, what better place for it to shine than with the issue sat right in front of us?
  11. G4S are receiving a contract worth £100m per year to run COVID-19 test sites. They were sub-contracting this work to lots of smaller companies abroad that they themselves set up for this particular contract, solely for the purpose of avoiding paying more tax. In other words, they are receiving a huge contract from the taxpayer that most other companies could only dream about, and avoiding paying the normal amount of tax that most other companies would pay. After G4S were rumbled their on-site workers were ultimately forced to take a wage cut of 5% pay cut. I assume this was to offset the tax rules that G4S are now going to abide by. So profits are being kept at the same level for shareholders by making the ground workers (whom do a risky job to say the least) pay for it. These workers have now gone from £10 per hour to £9.50 per hour. That's fair! The behaviour of G4S isn't anything new as far as how many big private companies operate but it feels as though we waste millions, possibly even billions, by dishing out contracts like this because we accept it as normal to pay over the odds in order to satisfy shareholders of private companies. It's the government's position to outsource, after which I understand that private companies do need to make a profit out of it, but it always appears to me that it benefits a very few rich people rather than the have-nots who are expendable, and the figures that I've seen reported for various government contracts and the resulting profits for private companies are truly obscene. Does outsourcing really give us (taxpayers) value for money? Or could the government actually save millions and even billions by making efforts to do this themselves?
  12. Johnson has been exempt from scrutiny because he "Got Brexit Done". Starmer couldn't attack the government last year because the media and Brexiters would have slaughtered him. The public and the media can enable a strong opposition. Can we please get serious now and have this pound shop government held to account?
  13. Voters disagree with you. You're not being very democratic. Once a poll or a vote is in, the debate should be shut down! At least that's how I understand it to work, right?
  14. One of the big problems is social media. If you watch any video with any sort of political debate such as Question Time or somebody campaigning for a cause, the comments sections are awash with personal abuse and other assorted bile that has very little to do with the content of the debate. I occasionally look to see if it's as bad as normal - the worrying word there being "normal". This sort of online behaviour has snowballed over a period of time and it's just getting worse as more and more users think that it's normal. Platforms such as Facebook know full-well that pushing controversial content and content that will make users angry will keep their users coming back for more. You only need to look at Facebook's ever increasing revenue streams ($84bn last year?) to realise what they truly exist for. They care little to nothing about the consequences their greed does to people's behaviour. These days I'm largely aloof from social media platforms because I just stick to a very close knit chat group or two and receive my news through a handful of RSS feeds; plain text that doesn't contain adverts, clickbait, comments, suggested trash stories, and so on. Sure, it's sparse and not for everyone's liking, but I feel like my thoughts are now my own as opposed to being strongly encouraged to think in a particular way. But for as long as social media exists with a primary goal of profit, it is always going to lead to some appalling social attitudes, particularly online.
  15. He was on the bench for our senior game against Hull City just a few weeks ago, something that Mowbray doesn't tend to do lightly. Not sure there's much to read into it.
  16. I don't live in the UK but when the toilet roll panic hit last year there was nothing like that over here. When I asked knowledgable wifey why that was the case she responded with: "people can't afford to panic buy here". Maybe money is the key to that particular pattern. The south can afford to be more selfish than the north.
  17. I think that was coming for some time. Seems like they've gone too far right for Brillo's liking in order to boost ratings. Naive of Brillo to think that it wouldn't be an attractive option for presenters and columnists like Dan Wootton looking to turn it into Fox News GB.
  18. Starmer strikes me as somebody who is good to have in cabinet, but never a leader with the charisma to match. He will not win the next election, even if it is three years away. He needs a Campbell or Cummings type character around him to truly give him a pulse of the people. Until then, he will never win voters over.
  19. If Starmer doesn't lay down the law I can see Momentum setting up their own party. A split and squabbling opposition is a government's dream ticket to yet more years of power with no credible challenge in sight. If Starmer can't sort the situation out pronto then Labour are dead in the water for the next election, even if it is a few years off at best. We can then look forward to years, possibly decades, of Boris and his successors tightening their grip on power and giving lucrative government contracts out as jobs for the boys. Labour simply haven't listened to the electorate. I've grown up for the majority of my life understanding that the Tories are out of touch. It's been Labour's turn for over a decade, now, and Starmer doesn't seem to recognise it.
  20. Add to that group the people who do not want an unnecessary privacy-invading app installed on their phones that companies can use as an opportunity to track you and sell that data on to marketing companies and who knows where else. Why these apps need privacy policies in the first place is beyond me. Little rant incoming... I remember early on in the pandemic when reading social media posts along the lines of "we'll be a different type of humanity once we get through this". No. We won't. It'll be the same old shit. Sure, the pandemic has seen acts of kindness and people helping others, but it's also shown up appalling traits - namely of greed: government contract cronyism; unreliable testing kits sold to governments at extortionate and exploitative rates; PCR rip-offs; governments that cannot bring themselves to work with each other on an international stage when we needed a global strategy; businesses that are little-affected by the pandemic yet are able to take advantage of government loan schemes at the expense of the taxpayer when they simply don't need it (I know of somebody who outright bragged about this and was able to invest for personal profit by it); Wayne Couzens allegedly using Coronavirus rules as a law enforcer to fulfil his disgusting fantasy and take the life of Sarah Everard. I'm sure there are countless more things that I may have sadly forgotten about, and for balance I'm sure there are also a number of positive actions that people and businesses took that I haven't mentioned, but in short, nothing at all has changed, and in fact I think it triggered a lot of horrible selfishness. We're generally selfish creatures and we all buy into it - now more than ever.
  21. A striker that can bang them in for us at one end, and a hapless defence to more than make up for it at the other end. Tony Mowbray's Blackburn Rovers.
  22. How can he be angry when he constantly states "This is the players' team, not mine". Responsibility he does not take, therefore angry he cannot be. More Yoda-isms there are about this.
  23. Get Magloire off now before any more damage is done.
  24. Red button does not count as a main event, and won't usually be broadcast internationally. I was able to watch the Huddersfield game as normal. There is a list of games that aren't streamed to non-dark countries. So far there have been two Rovers games that haven't been streamed to non-dark countries (one of which was a 3pm Saturday kick-off). The current list stops at 30th October during which time there aren't any more Rovers games that won't be streamed to non-dark countries. That could change, of course, and I assume the list will be updated periodically to cover future months. It's definitely the easiest place to look instead of having to guess like in previous seasons.
  25. Not that I noticed it but I've seen a couple of comments on here suggesting that he was knackered by the 80th minute. Even if that wasn't the case I can't imagine Mowbray starting him in a million years.
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