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 on: Today at 03:53 PM 
Started by Matthew2408 - Last post by Fiverings
Like Italy you mean? innocent
 Well Italy is a bad example, because it's complicated electoral system was actually declared unconstitutional and unrepresentative in 2013 - I was thinking more of Germany, the Scandinavian countries and Australia as obvious models that are economically and socially sound, no doubt there are others, but I'm no expert on the detail.

 on: Today at 03:22 PM 
Started by Matthew2408 - Last post by scotnadian
Canada is built on the backs of immigrants, but this country is still growing.

And also encourages immigration..if anyone interested. Whistle

 on: Today at 03:21 PM 
Started by Connor - Last post by blueberryhill
Nole's not playing so well today. Seems flat and first serve % is low. Am wondering if yesterday's intense match took a lot out of him.
Berd is very inconsistent, especially on the big points.
And gobbing off to the ump.  yet again, what a pillock he is  Rolling Eyes

 on: Today at 03:19 PM 
Started by Connor - Last post by flowerpower
Interesting to see a djokovic playing on at least one level lower than yesterday. But at 55 it's Djoko who takes the first set with 75. Yesterday 75% first service, now 47. The bird 44.

 on: Today at 03:14 PM 
Started by Matthew2408 - Last post by blueberryhill
   Those that have a proper proportional voting system for starters!

Like Italy you mean? innocent

 on: Today at 03:14 PM 
Started by Connor - Last post by scotnadian
Thanks, BBH.

Meanwhile Berdy/Nole match paused due to rain. Berdy displeased because they had watered it after first set.

Berd has been playing really well..except on the important points. He's had lots of chances.

 on: Today at 03:02 PM 
Started by Katie - Last post by The Gnome
Thanks, PE. Any reason why not Barca?

Because he's having a training block.
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 on: Today at 02:55 PM 
Started by Connor - Last post by The Gnome
He came close? Jeez what is your definition of close? The last set was a complete rout.

Joker's game is on a different level just now. Fed is game is spectacular, Rafa's game is all about power, and Joker's game is all about getting the ball back into play and never missing. Some journalist described his style as "metronomic" and I think that sums it up perfectly. It's not pretty but it works.

 Rolling Eyes the first 2 sets were competitive, Andy missed out on a win by what? 4 points in the TB? that's called close - and this nonsense about the last set being a rout, 5 games went to deuce and the final points total was 103 to 97 or something. 

 on: Today at 02:43 PM 
Started by top_spin - Last post by Aileen
Thanks Linda.  Totally agree it's great for all concerned!

 on: Today at 01:49 PM 
Started by Matthew2408 - Last post by neverhurryamurray
I mentioned on this forum yesterday that the repayment of the bank bailout should be a political topic and today we hear that Cameron is offering the public the chance to buy back Lloyds shares at a discount price.  This  is surely a "progressive " policy as is his right to buy policy which allows relatively poor people to buy their own home and pass on that wealth to their families. That strikes me as a slam dunk redistribution of wealth and I cannot understand why labour or  SNP object to this.  They seem to want to  keep the poor in social housing dependent on the state. Nicola should be asked for the figures on her "Help to Buy" initiative in Scotland  which she claims helped provide affordable housing to the poor but in fact mostly funded purchases of newbuilds over 300k and up to 600k by existing homeowners / mortgagees in good jobs. Those trying to buy their first home have not been helped. Those already owning second hand low value houses have seen the value of those properties decimated by the combined effect of government introduced Home Reports and part exchange and discount deals offered by her pals in the construction industry, which lobby is disproportionately represented  at the heart of the Scottish government.  The Scottish government is always looking for new ways to meddle and interfere but there are relatively few devolved areas to keep all of them occupied. Accordingly they have taken housing, read lots of reports based on the completely different English market and ignorantly meddled and interfered to the extent that they have wrecked the Scottish market particularly for those at the lower end . If they had left it alone the market would have recovered by now instead of which young people are having to consider shared equity deals with all the costs and complications involved in housing quangos  or paying inflated rents (average rent for 2 bed social housing is £600 per month)
The current political debate reminds me of that old song  talking about people "never saying what they mean and never meaning what they say".  This is because we are not trusted with the detail and just fed soundbites, the very worst one of which is "taking tough decisions". 

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