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1  General Category / General Chat / Re: Politics on: Today at 11:42:55
I'm very far from being personally troubled by this, it's just that it doesn't sit with me in terms of fairness.

There's a general assumption that anyone with a significant amount of money in the bank is some sort of Scrooge-like miser who has only got there by dodging taxes and hanging onto every penny.

That's a lazy stereotype. There will be plenty of people out there who have paid everything they should and given plenty to charity. To tax them again on money they have in the bank is just grossly unfair.

My views on inheritance tax are exactly the same for the same reasons (I'm unlikely to be personally troubled by that one either!)
Forget fairness, it doesnít work. If you have a certain net worth you can pretty much walk into any country in the world. (In the case of Australia, $5 million in the bank.) Therefore if you want to tax the super rich you are in competition with every other country in the world. Make the rate too high and they fķck off somewhere else. However, this is not about raising revenue, itís just a gimmick to win votes. If you truly care about generating revenue for services you make decisions about maximising the income, not winning a popularity contest. If you ran projections that said a flat rate of tax of say 25% would raise the most revenue due to the increase in population of people of considerable wealth, I guarantee thereís not a politician out there that would push for it (Iím not claiming it does by the way). This is because it would be political suicide, because people and votes are driven by kicking the shŪt out of those greedy rich c**ts and these policies have nothing to do with what actually works. For example, 50% of something is more than 60% of nothing, FACT. An excessive example of this strategy was attempted by Labour in the early 70s and it was a financial disaster that coincided with the highest levels of poverty in the UK since the 18th century. And donít forget we went through 2 world wars and the Great Depression in that time.
You donít see many politicians stating that statistic when they discuss this topic do you. Why? Because they are motivated by power rather than by what works, and that goes for the fķcking lot of them.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: Today at 06:53:55
So spending £3 million on a link Rd to be used just 25 times a year is a good use of the Cobblers meager share in what way?

Who's designing and project managing this ridiculously expensive,  not fit for purpose carbuncle?
Not one who has NTFC and its future trading abilities as a priority thats for sure.
So Tom was strangely invited to watch a hole being cut and some slabs being laid to try justify the costs and pacify the sheep..

I now notice there's only ever going to be 2800 tickets for sale for the big league 1 matches to the general public in Northampton after this nonsense is completed..
How are you supposed to build up a clubs support base and income when the vast sum,  £5.800,000 has been wasted and spent so incorrectly?
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: Yesterday at 21:53:51
I decided to undertake the arduous task of messaging Tom to ask him how it is going. As usual (unlike a certain purported supporters representative body) he was quick and polite in his response.

I simply asked: can you tell me when work will start on the actual physical structure of the East stand. His response was this:

ďKelvin, David and Gareth walked the site today and they started on the building weeks ago. They have cut through the slab for the new service lift, they have completed block work, footings for the new reception etc etc. I was invited to attend this but couldn't as away with work The land work is mainly for the drainage, the link road, the parking etc. We decided to tidy up all the rest of the land while machinery was on site - makes sense and will look better. Plus the link road is only for the Football Club, East Stand and Parking. There is no plans for that road to be used to service anything else at this point. Should be lots more visible work in next week or twoĒ.

Sorry but thereís an absolute ton of negative stuff in there that show a complete betrayal of our club. Iím not exactly sure where, but standby for some clarity on this and all will be revealed.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: Yesterday at 14:46:10
Please god can someone get a contractor to put a bucket in the East Stand or wave a trowel around for 5 mins or something? Whilst the owners are probably revelling in all this as they are going to end up slapping egg in all their faces, all this noise thatís still coming from the doubters is giving me a headache.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: Yesterday at 13:08:33
If it educates you and few others then it's all worth it.
You're very welcome.
Hardly a day goes by that we donít learn another little gem about you. I just hope you carer has cut up your bank cards.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: Yesterday at 05:34:20

Cue the debate regarding which group of people this applies to. At some point in the near future we will find out.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: Yesterday at 04:54:43
No one has been there to either confirm or deny. FACT.
🫣 Not again.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 10, 2024, 18:19:54 pm
I have never wanted or expected Thomas to spend a single penny of his/their own money...
But I want NTFC to use that vast £5.8m that belongs to the club to improve the stadium to be able to trade correctly as a L1 club..
10,000 capacity by extending the south by 2500 with the 10 boxes squeezed into the tiny east stand would be great.
But the horses arse that's appearing behind the East is cause for great concern.
We don't need a service rd or warehouse carparking hemming in the stadium.
You do realise once this disaster plays out, NTFC will be looking to build whole new ground to help it get a minimum requirement of 12000 in order to reach the championship.

Its clear to me that you, Melbourne and the others banging the drum for the speculators, have realised we've been properly mugged off and are now too proud to back down...
Enjoy your warehouse service rd, its carparking and maybe the 10 boxes coming in at an eye watering £5,800,000...
Well done you guys .  Grin
If you think anything that gets said on here makes a blind bit of difference youíre even more deluded than I thought, and thatís saying something. ďWell done you guysĒ what a tool.

Itís unlikely these owners will be handing over control of one side of the ground, and given the recent historical issues I donít blame them.
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 08, 2024, 21:25:26 pm
Not when you are in a swimming pool
Or at the dentist, so a friend told me.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 05, 2024, 00:52:15 am
Thatís a fair point TBF.
The reason the club hasnít been sold is the same reason anything isnít sold. There hasnít been an offer to tempt the owners to sell the applicable asset. Which to be honest you would assume is a bit of a surprise, given the apparent ease some claim there is in self financing the whole shebang. Unless that all happens to be bÚllocks obviously? Just saying.

Whilst weíre at it, what our next owners will probably be faced with is a barrage of factual inaccuracies and dogs abuse from a minority of ill informed ďsupportersĒ. All for the pleasure of perhaps providing significant finances to appease those ďsupportersĒ and bankroll the club, potentially increasing the risk to its future in doing so with little prospect of a return. Sounds good, where do I sign up? (Thatís assuming legislation doesnít slam the brakes on the irresponsibility of it all first).
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 03, 2024, 15:25:36 pm
Leaving to one side any financial restrictions that may be imposed by the Football Governance legislation that Borecobb seems to ignore. Iím wondering in the event the legislation doesnít put the brakes on the financial suicide scenario, what the minimum standards for financial donations are from the next owners over what time frame? The 4 million total investment quoted in the much posted interview over 4/5 years was apparently acceptable last time, but predictably the goal posts got moved on that PDQ. So I thought the ground rules should be set now for any new lot (prior to moving the goal posts again obviously).
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Average crowds relative to population on: June 01, 2024, 13:47:54 pm
Redev thread please.
Jesus, nobody can be bothered to read that bÚllocks in the first place, donít make him repeat it.
13  General Category / General Chat / Re: Politics on: May 31, 2024, 12:52:32 pm
Ed Davey is one of the biggest w@nkers I have ever met, the bloke talks utter bollŰx.
Did you plagiarise that from The Guardian editorial perchance?
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer Rumour Thread 2024 on: May 27, 2024, 19:44:56 pm
Sorry Melly, but I think that one got dropped because of the election.
Sorry, didnít know that. As you were.

Edit: hang on a minute, just seen this quote.

"Shadow ministers have gone on the record to suggest that, in their view, the current Bill does not go far enough and so we may see additional powers being granted to the regulator if and when the Bill is re-introduced into the next Parliament."

Please disregard my original post.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: May 27, 2024, 19:35:29 pm
Wheres the fun in that?  Grin
What will be the fallout once it does get finished? Anything, or will it be a shrug of the shoulders and business as usual? There have been some fairly bold claims and strong accusations over the years that in many respects will be disproved once the stand is completed. I donít know what that means if anything, but I imagine some are perhaps feeling a bit vulnerable, I would be.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: May 27, 2024, 19:08:21 pm
I think most have moved on from this now. As a result, this debate has more or less died a death, it has for me anyway. Even Beds has apparently conceded the stand will be completed and has moved the goal posts to ďit will be crapĒ. So even the most staunch of anti owner individuals are now seemingly divided. Wonít be long before all this arguing will be a distant memory.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer Rumour Thread 2024 on: May 27, 2024, 18:57:49 pm
Keep saying it, but if the football governance bill goes through then we canít pay some of these quoted wages, rather than wonít. Whilst we are on it I doubt Wrexham would realistically be able to pay that wage either. Anyone who thinks otherwise doesnít understand the legislation.
18  General Category / General Chat / Re: Politics on: May 26, 2024, 12:53:35 pm
Am I reading this right, are the options a year in the military, or doing litter picking or something similar one day a week? If so it doesnít seem like much like proper national service to me, as I canít imagine the take up on the military option being that significant. Yet another crap political policy, I wonder whether it will be labour or the liberals who out do them first in this 4 yearly race to the bottom. Fķck me, itís like asking if you want a broken arm or a broken leg. Or in the case of the Liberals, skull.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Players Under & Out of Contract on: May 26, 2024, 00:05:51 am
Given all clubs have a finite budget, I am wondering how many of us would have offered an improved contract to Appere even if there was a reasonable increase in the playing budget. (Which there may well be at this point).

On that, budget comments start around 4 minutes in.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer Rumour Thread 2024 on: May 24, 2024, 14:46:31 pm
The key in this game is deciding what you feel is a players true worth and stick to it. If someone else wants to pay over the odds and spunk their budget then so be it, and it could possibly work in your favour. We will only truly know when we can compare who we end up with against who we let go. If we donít end up with someone who can score more goals and be credited with more assists than Appere then we deserve all we get. Thatís not to totally discredit the lad as he has some good qualities, but if Stevenage have paid the equivalent of what would make him our highest earner they must have had a bang on the head.
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