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  1. I posted this on the independence thread but it may be missed amid the talk of Gregg's the Bakers (yes, really), so am keen to hear thoughts to below: I've been thinking over what yesterday's General Election announcement could mean for Scotland. Let me first say that I'm confident that the PM has made this decision for Westminster-, Tory Party-, Brexit-centric reasons. That said, issue of Scotland remains a big challenge for her, one which will rise up her agenda as the terms of Brexit become clearer and one I think she'd concede privately she has insufficient understanding of currently. So the consequences of this decision on Scotland will have been taken into account: and the feeling from the Tories is likely to have been that there is little for Scottish nationalism to gain in it. The most likely outcome of the election at present seems to be another Tory government and another strong SNP return, though with fewer than 56 seats. The question of independence remains the dominant issue in Scotland. I'm fairly sure that all of the above holds true so I think the interesting part is what lies beyond the election result. Which brings me to the point of my post in this topic. I'm loathe to predict things but I think there is a real possibility that in short order Westminster would then offer an independence referendum, provided it takes place in 2017. May will realise the hypocrisy of her contrasting statements/approaches to a referendum and to a GE but is likely to justify this by citing 'certainty' and that she's having the poll prior to EU talks beginning in earnest. She may challenge the SNP to do likewise knowing that it would be difficult for the SNP to refuse, that the SNP still have some significant policy positions to determine, that the polls are slightly in her favour and to draw the stamina from activists and the appetite out of voters following council elections and a GE. Should the SNP refuse, the offer would be off the table with the Tories safe in the knowledge that they had not ignored the democratic will of Scotland and that Holyrood elections now precede Westminster, at which another pro-independence majority is no given, never mind a pro-SNP majority. As I say this it still seems moonbeams to think we'll see a 2017 referendum but I think that after yesterday there is now a logic to it being a possibility. Thoughts?
  2. With apologies for interrupting the bakery discussion, I've been thinking over what yesterday's General Election announcement could mean for Scotland. Let me first say that I'm confident that the PM has made this decision for Westminster-, Tory Party-, Brexit-centric reasons. That said, issue of Scotland remains a big challenge for her, one which will rise up her agenda as the terms of Brexit become clearer and one I think she'd concede privately she has insufficient understanding of currently. So the consequences of this decision on Scotland will have been taken into account: and the feeling from the Tories is likely to have been that there is little for Scottish nationalism to gain in it. The most likely outcome of the election at present seems to be another Tory government and another strong SNP return, though with fewer than 56 seats. The question of independence remains the dominant issue in Scotland. I'm fairly sure that all of the above holds true so I think the interesting part is what lies beyond the election result. Which brings me to the point of my post in this topic. I'm loathe to predict things but I think there is a real possibility that in short order Westminster would then offer an independence referendum, provided it takes place in 2017. May will realise the hypocrisy of her contrasting statements/approaches to a referendum and to a GE but is likely to justify this by citing 'certainty' and that she's having the poll prior to EU talks beginning in earnest. She may challenge the SNP to do likewise knowing that it would be difficult for the SNP to refuse, that the SNP still have some significant policy positions to determine, that the polls are slightly in her favour and to draw the stamina from activists and the appetite out of voters following council elections and a GE. Should the SNP refuse, the offer would be off the table with the Tories safe in the knowledge that they had not ignored the democratic will of Scotland and that Holyrood elections now precede Westminster, at which another pro-independence majority is no given, never mind a pro-SNP majority. As I say this it still seems moonbeams to think we'll see a 2017 referendum but I think that after yesterday there is now a logic to it being a possibility. Thoughts?
  3. I'll very happily be corrected on this but it seems like there is very little for the SNP to gain in this situation.
  4. A few thoughts on the match: 1. You don't mind watching a team lose if they're either try to play to their strengths or change their approach when their initial play isn't working. But the first half so Morton stubbornly continue to punt balls down the line to one man who has no control anyway. Why pack your team with midfielders then lump it over their heads? 2. Second half was an improvement as they tried to play. As much as the criticism in point 1 falls to Duffy, credit for the substitutions; Scullion must form part of the plan of attack in the final three weeks an into the playoffs while Tidser was also an enhancement when he came on. 3. Regrettably it may be time to move on from Gaston. He's been a good player for the club and I consider him a good goalie but a more commanding and decicive person would be welcome. Is this something he can develop? I'd hope so but he's struggled on cross balls under his bar for a few years. 4. Duffy's post-match comments come across to me as a guy who has accepted his lot as it's easier: fourth place and a ribbon for participating in the playoffs.
  5. Thanks guys!
  6. Hello all, fancy coming alon to this as a neutral today. Can anyone tell me if I can pay at the gate and moreover, if I can sit in the stand?
  7. Thanks mate.
  8. Thanks guys, I appreciate that. Certainly looks a lot to see judging by the website.
  9. Hello all, How long would you suggest setting aside for a visit to the museum at Hampden? Also are there any exhibits I should particularly make a point of seeing? Thank you.
  10. Of course Holm Park is due to be redeveloped beginning later in 2017 and due to be complete quickly but I highly doubt that given the lack of any update.
  11. Agreed. It's a bizarre interview.
  12. Granted I think it'll be Clyde finishing bottom but I'm Amazed that only 2% of folk think City.
  13. I agree that there should be 3 SPFL leagues but how do you divide 42 clubs? Obviously there's 3x14 but then you play either 26 (too few), 52 (too many) or 39 (with an inherently unfair split of H&A) league games. So beyond that, other options leave you looking at leagues with splits or other adaptive ways to try and appease the needs of the clubs, with the bigger clubs priorities at the forefront. That's why there's endless discussion of this and why it draws such hot debate. While I strongly, strongly disagree with many of the suggestions made by some, at least they think about it. The worst are those who say it's a simple solution.
  14. I was initially very receptive to the 12-12, 8-8-8 proposal when it was first discussed a few years ago. I've very much cooler on it now though - you will essentially have no winner of the Championship. You'll also have no team(s) relegated from the Premiership, they'll go into a sort of purgatory with promotion and relegation determined later. IMO though, 12-12-18 is a better format than present. It is an oxymoron that the country's premier league has more teams than any other division. Semantics and that principal aside, I think the format of divisions should align so far as possible. More than anything though, I want a setup with three national leagues, four is too many. A larger bottom tier should also make the transition to SPFL football easier for promoted teams and may encourage the automatic relegation of the bottom SPFL side (and perhaps playoffs with the second bottom). So why not simply have a 12 team Championship mimic the current Premiership? Or ideally, have both tiers split top six/bottom six at 22 games and play each other home and away (as it should be) for an additional 10 matches = 32. You get a proper relegation and promotion fight in the Premiership and Championship. And yes I know you lose some matches in that format but the rest is sensible no?
  15. Hello all, what are current attendances like at EKFC and is there an update on plans for the stadium? Good luck with the remainder of the season and (presumably) in the playoffs - you certainly seem like a club who have the potential in the long-term to enhance the SPFL.