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By Pete Moore On October 17th, 2020 at 7:33 pm

The Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club is the best run sporting organisation in the country.

It was founded in 1871 and for most of its existence it has been an amateur club in lower leagues. It became a professional club only 20 years ago and was promoted to the top division in the English club game 10 years ago. And tonight the Chiefs have reached the very top of the game, becoming the champions of Europe. It’s genuinely fairy tale stuff.

It’s a proper club which does things right. Home grown young players have been the core and basis of the club’s rise. It hasn’t splashed the cash because it hasn’t really had any to splash. In the final tonight they beat Racing 92 of Paris, one of the big-spending, star-studded clubs. Exeter had players out there who played for them in the lower leagues years ago and others who have been best friends since the age of five. It’s that kind of club so I’m chuffed for them.

I want to mention their Director of Rugby (think Head Coach), Rob Baxter. He’s a local boy. His father played for Exeter while Rob was painting the lines on the pitch and being a ballboy. He eventually played for the club and captained the team. He was a butcher because the club was amateur then. Baxter became Head Coach in 2009 and has overseen the rise and rise since. Rob Baxter is one of the good guys. He’s level headed, decent and always calm. No win is celebrated too much and no loss taken badly. Referees are never responsible for defeats and victorious opponents are always well congratulated. His players love him and will do anything for him. That’s one reason why they are the champions of Europe now. So I’m chuffed for him too.


By Patrick Van Roy On October 17th, 2020 at 3:00 pm

October 17 1931

By Patrick Van Roy On October 17th, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Brooklyn native Al Capone is brought to justice after a violent criminal career, but it’s not a rival’s bullets or a murder conviction that finally does him in. The 32-year-old known as ‘Scarface’ is convicted on tax evasion charges and sentenced to a prison term of 11 years.


By Patrick Van Roy On October 17th, 2020 at 2:36 pm

As is happening in the United States in 2020, fascists and racists were gaining ground and coming out of the woodwork after starting to feel empowered in Britain in the late 1970s.

The National Front, a far-right political party, was aiding in the growth of racism, fascism and xenophobia with politician Enoch “Rivers of Blood” Powell leading the way. With the National Front attempting to recruit the nation’s youth — and having success — some of the country’s most famous rock musicians, including David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton, began making pro-Powell pronouncements.

“I think Enoch Powell’s right, I think we should send them all back,” Clapton famously told an arena full of fans in Birmingham in 1976. “Stop Britain from becoming a Black colony. Get the foreigners out.”


By Pete Moore On October 16th, 2020 at 8:30 pm

So a French school teacher was stabbed and beheaded in public today. His crime was to display cartoons of the so-called prophet Mohammed as an example of free speech.

Let’s be honest: mass immigration from primitive cultures has been a catastrophe for the West.


By Pete Moore On October 16th, 2020 at 7:23 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

The North of England; ever been there? It’s all flat caps, whippet-fancying and stodgy food. That’s your brief tour. To anyone thinking of accusing me of relying on old cartoon cliches let me stop you right now and say you’re absolutely correct. But I am thinking of our friends in the North. Boris has locked them down again so they’re feeling glum. They have nowhere to go and nothing to do. The weekend looms and all they have to look forward to is two days of staring out at the rain while talking to the whippets.

A northern soul classic then, and what a banger it is too. You out there in the colonies might be surprised to learn that our glum northern friends once appropriated all this stuff for their own, but it’s true. You could do worse, a lot worse. In the late sixties and early seventies, in the Midlands and the North, you were either bopping to northern soul or inventing heavy metal. There’s your brief musical tour also.

Have fun whatever you’re up to this weekend, even you northerners. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –


By Pete Moore On October 16th, 2020 at 6:53 pm

Talks between the UK and EU over a post-Brexit trade agreement are “over”, Downing Street has said.

No 10 said there was “no point” in discussions continuing next week unless the EU was prepared to discuss the detailed legal text of a partnership.

These farcical negotiations have reached an impasse. The UK wants a “Canada-style” agreement. The EU wants the UK to pretend that it is not a sovereign nation and never left the EU. The EU insists that EU law remain sovereign on matters relating to UK/EU affairs, that it retains full access to our fisheries as per the current arrangements, and that the UK follow EU state aid rules. I know, what are they smoking in Brussels?

Alas, Boris has not formally ended negotiations. He still wants a deal and Michel Barnier is due in London next week. It’s just that both sides refuse to budge from where they are. In my opinion the UK has done more than enough budging already. I was always of the view that any deal acceptable to the EU is bound to be unacceptable to anyone sane anyway. That’s more than clear.

I think there will be a deal. Both sides will compromise a bit, then a bit more, then a bit more then each side will claim victory. It’s insane. We should unplug the phones tonight and allow the EU access to the Great British Market on WTO terms. That’s what we should do, but the first rule of Politics is Never Trust the Tories for good reason.

For Kurt

By Patrick Van Roy On October 16th, 2020 at 5:13 am

As I’ve said I offer any of you that spend your time here everyday the opportunity to write a piece on something you feel passionate about, or believe will evoke a discussion. The following is a piece crafted by Kurt, it is more a piece for discussion I feel safe in saying, rather than anything he himself is passionate about. 


Faith in the ballot


That’s the title of  an article in the Harvard Gazette by Lauren Kerby , herself a recent author of a book called  “Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian America,”
She raises four important identifiers to describe this group of  loyal Trump voters ,
referring to them via a delineation of roles :

Founder, exile, victim and saviour

 noting how if one isn’t working they can easily switch to another! 

For example 

” For instance, as founders they can appeal to the authority of George Washington and other Christian leaders in early America to justify things like posting “In God We Trust” in schools. But if, say, something unflattering comes to light about a white evangelical leader, the victim role lets him dismiss it as an attack from anti-Christian forces. It’s a ready-made defense.   

She puts things into perspective as regards the reaction to and against Obama

” In 2014 and 2015, white evangelicals were feeling really under siege, and that came up a lot in the tours. They felt deeply threatened by Barack Obama, the Affordable Care Act, and the pending Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. I think a lot of us, not just white evangelicals, felt like progressive values were winning at the time.  

But even now with Trump in office,  with over 200 newly appointed conservatives judges, a republican senate,  2 conservative judges and a 3rd on the way, you’d imagine grounds for optimism but you’d be wrong. 

That feeling of being under siege is too politically expedient to disappear any time soon. Trump is still using the same jeremiad and talking about the threats to Christianity and “our way of life.”

some numbers


Pew research
here’s a link to the article
Faith in the ballot
and I found a wonderful resource online
where she’s having a conversation  with another writer
and a head of divinity at Harvard who is chairing the discussion

The Campaign for (White) Christian America
Captain Kurt


By Pete Moore On October 15th, 2020 at 10:27 pm

They never fight. The commies are super dirty. They bring everything to a fight because they know the point of a fight is to win. No lie, no tactics, no propaganda is off the table with them. I admire them for it. But GOP conservatives have no fight. That’s why the Washington GOP crowd have always been leery of President Trump; his existence reminds them that they are losers.

Fancy being told that you can have the compromising hard drive of Hunter Biden and doing nothing about it. They need to get out of politics. They are losers. The New York Post’s Miranda Devine, who has just become the last person on Earth likely to get a Pulitzer, explains how her paper got the scoop. In case you’re wondering why the FBI did nothing, they were busy trying to frame the president ..


By Pete Moore On October 15th, 2020 at 7:16 pm

The entire UK is still under special communistic measures. Half of it is designated at a “high” or “very high” alert level. As the alert levels go up my own alert levels to this farce fall further. The only things going up with the alert levels are the national debt, unemployment and boarded up shops.

Lockdown addicts who tell us to “save the NHS” had better have a damned good plan to replace the tax base they’re killing. They don’t know about it because most lockdown addicts are middle class smugaroons working from their cozy homes who think the working class exists to bring them stuff. They’re happy with their gold-plated pensions so screw everyone else.

But note their propaganda. When they talk about so-called climate change it’s “Think about the future generations.” When they talked about the EU and Brexit it was “You’re stealing the future from the young.”

Today it’s screw the young, screw their education, screw their job prospects and screw their chances of never living under a crushing debt.

Lockdown addicts are the worst, most selfish, most self-centered people on the planet.