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  1. Sounds to me like he's preparing the ground for the return of Shaughnessy.
  2. Scotland has much greater transparency re lobbying and much stricter rules to limit its impact. You must know that.
  3. You certainly can't draw conclusions when MUP was in place for not much more than half that period. In any case, I think you'd have to look at the reasons behind the deaths to to see if there's a link or not. I'd have thought MUP would be more likely to discourage binge drinking which probably isn't the primary cause of drink-related deaths, but is a major factor in hospital admissions. Don't think long-term jakeys are likely to be dissuaded. If they want to drink themselves to death they'll find a way. Any benefits of MUP will take years to appear and even then the impact won't be sensational. I read somewhere that the major reasons for the jump in deaths was the after-effects of post-industrialisation – it was said to be the reason why deaths in Scotland rose in the 1990s while they declined elsewhere in the UK.
  4. "People ask me if the door is still open but the situation is simple, Joe [Shaughnessy] or his agent has to get the key and open the door if they are interested. Joe knows we are willing to talk but we won't be making the first move." When people ask if the door is still open, Tommy's reply clearly suggests that not only is it closed – it's locked too. Tommy playing with people's minds here.
  5. No-one can fault that team tonight for effort. That must be heart-breaking. Let's leave the post-mortems until tomorrow.
  6. Disagree about the money aspect though. It's not driven by capitalism, but by policy. The SFA isn't spending 5% of its budget on the women's game in the expectation of a financial return.
  7. Historically, they 're more shit than shitfest. In previous World Cups and this year's Cup of Nations they've leaked goals and given no hint they'd play as well as they have particularly against Japan. Against England they could have lost by a barrowload if it hadn't been for the same goalie who let in 11 to Germany in her previous World Cup appearance. Sometimes there's no logic. Funny that Scotland have already scored as many goals in this World Cup as Argentina have in all their matches across three World Cup appearances.
  8. Didn't realise many of the Argentina squad are amateur (and eight earn around £300 a month from football). If Scotland don't win, would love them to go further.
  9. It isn't harsh, though, is it? We've lost two games where we haven't played to our own expectations. In most sensible competitions we'd be out. Harsh is what happened to Scotland in the World Cup in 1974: through to the last 16 and even then unbeaten, including against the world champions, but still out. Here we have a chance against Argentina who have been organised so far – more than can be said for us. But they've been hounded recently by teams like South Korea, Chile and New Zealand. And against us they can't play the defensive game that has got them a point so far. If our players - particularly Little and Weir - can live up to their pre-World Cup billing, we should beat them comfortably. If that gets us through, then great. But hard to say we deserve it over Nigeria.
  10. Would love to see this tournament be the death of VAR, but the big teams and the big countries will want to keep it. It works in their favour. PS: Everyone agree to shut the f*ck up about referees in the Premiership next season, aye?
  11. Hope Solo giving it the telts at half time there.
  12. Would be great to extend our stay and see what happens – nothing to lose and it would mean we won't be the first European team to be heading home. But the important thing is to win. We'll at least have done as well as we were expected to do.
  13. Hardly an effective ban if women continued playing and even formed their own association to promote it. The FA absolutely did not want to support women's football. That's undeniable. But they did not ban it and had no power to do do.
  14. I'm not talking about World Cups. I'm talking about the years before that: the fact they had a women's league in the sixties and the first women's professional league in the world. They were leaders. They respected women.
  15. But you were suggesting that there was a correlation between a country's 'lack of respect for women' and them not performing as well as their men's team. In Italy's case, that's bollocks. Latin, religious and absolutely a leader in women's football for 30 years.
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