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Did he point the way today?

Our correspondent The Rebel looks at today’s astonishing events in the House of Commons as the Prime Minister Boris Johnson vows to fight on and win a crucial vote approving the ‘deal’ with the European Union (EU), but a new amendment calls for delay. 

He has already claimed that he had made a ‘final’ ‘offer’, but conceded vital changes with the EU in the last hours of negotiations, as the extraordinary political crisis continues.  

His mind was on other things…

The Rebel is a leading figure close to senior politicians in London as well as Cardiff Bay, and will always give readers the inside track on what is being discussed in the corridors of power.

 

For BoJo it has always been about politics.

Boris told MPs to salute a deal

The future of the UK may have been at stake, but for him the important factors have been about staying in number 10, winning the next General Election and seeing off the bearded lefty.

We saw the first sitting of the House of Commons since the Falklands war today, and it came as the culmination of more than three of the most extraordinary years in British politics.

Our legislators always know the best thing…

And that sitting has not resolved things – the chaos will go on.

Boris will now have to ask the EU for an extension beyond 31 October after MPs this afternoon backed the so-called ‘Letwin’ amendment designed to rule out a no-deal exit, by 322 votes to 306.

The EU said it was up to the UK to “inform it of the next steps”.

Behind you!

But Bojo was characteristically ebullient and has said he will press on “undaunted” with his Brexit strategy.

The vote is a major pain in the backside (whatever he says) for the studiedly tousled-haired one and his adviser, staring-eyes Dominic Cummings because he has vowed he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for an extension.

Now though he may have to.

Time has almost run out!

He had pitched the vote between deal or no deal after coming to an agreement with the EU, knowing that Leave voters had already lined up behind him.

The respected polling analyst Sir John Curtice said that Leavers had thrown their weight behind Bojo and the deal.

According to a ComRes survey in the Daily Express even before the vote, a whopping 66 per cent of Brexiteers backed the deal – compared to just 19 per cent of Remainers.
For Boris Johnson it was about getting good headlines

Sir John claimed that the news of the poll result would give BoJo “some encouragement that he would “squeeze” the Brexit Party vote if a General Election is called.

But there has been less encouragement for the bearded one from the polls.

One showed the Tories holding a steady lead at 31 per cent, with Labour on 26.

The Lib Dems were on 20 per cent and the Brexit Party took fourth place at 11 per cent.

Johnson and Cummings see a terrible time ahead for the UK if Jeremy Corbyn gets in

Another survey put them on 38, with Labour on 23, the Lib Dems on 15 and the Brexit Party on 12.

Last month was pretty grim for the bearded lefty too.

Quite apart from new appalling headlines about his failure to tackle alleged anti-Semitism in the party, the polls were decisively against him.

One put the Tories on 37 per cent, Labour on 25, the Lib Dems on 16 and the Brexit Party on 13, while another put them on 38, 24, 20 and seven respectively.

These were different polling companies too!

For Boris today’s vote doesn’t yet open the door

Even before the vote today, there were confusing signals from Brussels – some helped Bojo in his quest and some hindered him.

EU leaders had left open the option of extending Brexit beyond 31 October if the new deal had been voted down by the Commons, and he didn’t like that.

But he was helped by comments from the EU President Jean-Claude Juncker apparently casting doubt on the possibility of a further Brexit delay.

Even if Jean-Claude and Boris don’t want one – there may have to be a delay now!

 

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More rugby balls https://the-eye.wales/more-rugby-balls/ https://the-eye.wales/more-rugby-balls/#respond Sat, 19 Oct 2019 08:50:11 +0000 https://the-eye.wales/?p=77645 Why does he do these things?!

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Who’s in touch?

Controversial Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies has caused outrage by insulting a prominent politician and characteristically using abusive language, it has emerged.

Chris Bryant MP – a ‘knob’

He used Twitter to brand Rhondda MP Chris Bryant “knob” for asking about childcare during today’s highly-unusual debate in the commons on the ‘deal’ with the European Union (EU).

The extraordinary news comes hard on the heels of Mr Davies dubbing a critic an “attention seeking nobody”, a “sad pathetic waste of time” and ‘hashtagging’ the words “absolute bell end”.

Jonathan Davies was not happy…

He also said Mr Bryant was “not in touch with reality” with his question in the Houses of Parliament.

Mr Davies (whose nickname is ‘Jiffy’) represented Wales in rugby league as well as union and has been described as the greatest player of his generation.

He is now a leading commentator on The BBC.

Jonathan Davies – ‘pathetic’

In the past his fury had been directed at journalist Marcus Stead who had criticised what he views as the Welsh establishment.

But someone who has seen the Tweets told us:  I find it amazing that Jonathan Davies can stoop to this schoolyard type of internet argument.

“It appears he (Mr Davies) does not take criticism lightly.

A man with a position who ‘does not take criticism lightly’

“If I was in his position I would never respond to baiting.”

Today’s news about Mr Davies’ astonishing outburst concerning Mr Bryant is likely only to confirm his contentious image when he has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

One of his detractors said in a Tweet that Mr Davies was “tedious”, that he should be removed from The BBC rugby league team, and that he “ruins” the game.

Jonathan Davies was a great player but is controversial now

Another pleaded that he should “shut up”.

The Daily Express reported:  When they (France) scored (a) try, Wales hero Davies erupted on the BBC’s commentary, much to the frustration of fans at home.

“One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Jonathan Davies for once can you please contain yourself during a Welsh game?
 

‘When you’re commentating for the BBC you’re being paid to commentate not to be a fan…..

His television commentary attracts criticism

‘I know it’s very hard for you to do your job professionally but please try. #6nations2019’.

Another added: ‘When oh when will the BBC retire Jonathan Davies?!?!

‘I’m sick to death of his whiney “Wales are brilliant”, everyone else are lucky commentary’.

‘Mute the sound’

‘So the secret to watching rugby on the BBC is to mute the sound and listen to 5Live on your DAB radio, no Jonathan Davies! #6nations2019,’ another added.

Another wrote: ‘Good to see Jonathan Davies has got on top of his beyond biased commentary….. #SixNations2019.’”

His microphone style has prompted huge disapproval on social media after he commented on live television before an international rugby game by saying the referee was French so “anything could happen”.

Yet Mr Davies’ adversary has also caused scandal.

How unfortunate

Mr Bryant, MP, prompted unfortunate newspaper stories when he posted a picture of himself in his underpants on a gay contact website and said he was “horny as buggery”.

Between them Mr Bryant and Mr Davies have seen more than their fair share of regrettable headlines it seems…

 

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Neil Warnock Claims Bluebirds Can Stay Unbeaten At Home All Season https://the-eye.wales/neil-warnock-claims-bluebirds-can-stay-unbeaten-at-home-all-season/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:03:30 +0000 https://the-eye.wales/?p=77640 Neil Warnock believes Cardiff City can stay unbeaten at home for the rest of the season after Lee Tomlin preserved their record with a late equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday. The Cardiff manager was in bullish mood, despite an at best mixed performance in their 1-1 draw on Friday night. Cardiff were outplayed for an hour, […]

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Neil Warnock believes Cardiff City can stay unbeaten at home for the rest of the season after Lee Tomlin preserved their record with a late equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Cardiff manager was in bullish mood, despite an at best mixed performance in their 1-1 draw on Friday night.

Cardiff were outplayed for an hour, but managed to rouse themselves in the late stages and were thankful to Tomlin’s set-piece skills.

The midfielder, who came on as a late substitute curled a stunning 25-yard shot into the bottom corner in the 87th minute.

It was enough to cancel out Julian Borner’s first-half goal – created by impressive former Cardiff winger Kadeem Harris – and means the Bluebirds are yet to taste defeat in front of their own fans so far in this campaign.

Warnock said: “I’d like to go unbeaten all season if I’m honest and I don’t think it’s impossible.

“But I’d like to win away now next week. We’ve got two tough away games and it’s about time we won away on the law of averages.

“I think we can get better in the second half of the season. There are one or two areas we are working on and we’ve got players coming back in. I think we can be in the mix, I’m sure of it.”

Cardiff had looked to be heading for defeat after an insipid first-half in which Harris’s low shot was steered home by Borner.

Harris then crashed a free-kick against the cross bar as he tried to make Warnock realise what he has let slip through his fingers with a free transfer this summer.

Tomlin has been a peripheral figure at Cardiff for much of the time since leaving Bristol City, but his dead-ball skills are renowned and when the opportunity arose he showed an accuracy and composure his teammates had been lacking.

Warnock added: “It could be a big momentum swing with that late goal.

“These three games this week are tough, but they’re tough for the people we’re playing against.

“We’ve got to stick together like we did tonight when we showed a lot of resilience.

Wednesday manager Garry Monk accused the officials of twice getting it wrong in the build-up to Cardiff’s goal.

He claimed the free-kick should not have been awarded and suggested that Aden Flint was offside and interfering with play when he stood behind the defensive wall and jumped with his arms in the air.

Monk said: “We are frustrated that we didn’t get the win, because we had enough chances to make it comfortable.

“We just didn’t have control in that final period, although I am disappointed with the goal.

“If it had been a legitimate goal, fair enough, but I am told it wasn’t even a foul for the free-kick. Then, they had one of their players behind the wall doing star jumps, trying to distract our keeper.

“How they missed that, I don’t know – because it’s not hard to spot – a 6ft 5 inch player doing star jumps. But there we are – it is what it is.”

“We are frustrated that we didn’t get the win, because we had enough chances to make it comfortable.

“The first 50 or 60 minutes was exactly what we wanted. We didn’t allow them to turn the game into a physical scrap, which is what they wanted.

“But we just didn’t have control in that final period.”

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Land at sea https://the-eye.wales/land-at-sea/ https://the-eye.wales/land-at-sea/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 05:01:11 +0000 https://the-eye.wales/?p=77489 Welsh independence party sheds its paramilitary image

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We have been alone in showing the party’s founder’s links with a paramilitary organisation but it now says it wants to be ‘more consensual’

An extreme nationalist Welsh independence group created by the supporter of a paramilitary organisation which had links to the IRA, has been forced to reinvent itself following our revelations about its past, and that a senior official who ives in England is barred from voting for his own party in Wales, The Eye can exclusively reveal.

The contentious faction Ein Gwlad (Our Country/Land) EG has just announced it is to be now known as Gwlad Gwlad (Country Country/Land Land) GG, and the controversial Chair of the party Gwilym ab Ioan (whose nickname is Gwilym the Gardener) is standing down.

Stephen Morris – can’t vote for the party in Wales

It says on social media:  “A more consensual approach will… pay dividends for us”.

And:  “We want to stand shoulder to shoulder with the independence movement as a whole”.

It comes soon after we had shown that Stephen Morris‘General Party Spokesman’ and ‘Policy Researcher’ of EG, actually lives in England so is unable to vote for the party in Welsh elections.

In a piece introducing it on the Nation.Cymru website, Dr Morris wrote: “Wales is a unique country. There is nowhere quite like it.” But Dr Morris works in Wrexham yet lives across the English border in Shropshire.

Gwilym ab Ioan – ‘standing down’

Meanwhile next week we will disclose further alarming facts about the former Chair Mr ab Ioan which may have contributed to his ‘standing down’.

But this is not the first time we have exclusively divulged worrying details about senior officials with EG/GG. It was originally founded by a far right pensioner named Royston Jones, who now may have been eased out of the group.

He writes an acerbic blog called Jac o’ the North, which proclaims it is: “Interpreting Wales from a Right of Centre Nationalist perspective”.

He has published on his blog a picture of Cayo Evans, the leader of the 1960s paramilitary organisation, Free Wales Army (FWA), pointing a hand gun at the camera, and he revels in his long-standing support for the organisation. Mr Jones has also praised Evans as a “friend” and “comrade”.

Cayo Evans with gun as seen on the ‘Jac o’ the North’ blog

Evans was the leader of the FWA which came to prominence more than 50 years ago, and it has been reported that the Official IRA (OIRA) gave or sold, most of its weapons to the organisation as part of its turn away from political violence. Despite this, Dr Morris has described the party’s founder as “venerable”.

The disturbing news about both of them comes hard on the heels of other unnerving issues concerning EG/GG highlighted exclusively by The Eye.

The ‘venerable’ Royston Jones in his youth with the Free Wales Army (FWA)

Reporters say they have been unable to contact the party and campaigning before a possible UK General Election has been invisible. One journalist told us:  “It is incredibly difficult to get hold of Ein Gwlad (as it then was) for a comment. Nobody seems to know who to contact”. The EG/GG website was still active until recently and stated: “FOR NEWS, REVIEWS & OPINI0N ON THE POLITICAL FRONT IN CYMRU (WALES)”, but other engagement is minimal.

Yet this is not the first time EG/GG has been engulfed by problems.

Hotel – ‘concerns’

Following our revelations about Mr Jones’ connection with Evans, and news on The Eye of his publication of him with a pistol, a hotel where he was to announce the formation of the group, sent a message to him saying:  “With regards to … concerns, we have now cancelled your meeting room with full refund of payment”.

He then advertised on his blog a new venue, with the words: I am delighted to announce that a meeting has been arranged for November 18th (2018) in Aberystwyth to discuss the formation of a new political party to defend Wales’ interests”.

EG was unveiled but the audience was not vast

Before this a ‘public’ meeting was held in Autumn 2017 and we disclosed how Mr Jones had initially pledged to create the new party by early last year, with an Annual General Meeting (AGM) penciled in for March 3 2018, but nothing happened.

EG was finally unveiled at Llanelli later last year, but another nationalist blog had ‘reported’ earlier that a first ‘conference’ was to be held before the end of 2018.

Meanwhile Mr Jones’ support for the FWA and Evans, as well as previous statements have been questioned, and it seemed our Editor had become something of an irritant.

‘Irritating’

On November 19 Mr Jones had written on his blog:  “The meeting yesterday went very, very well. I was delighted with the turnout and with the enthusiasm shown…perhaps the one disappointment – given the interest he’s shown in the new party – was that Phil Parry of The Eye wasn’t there. You could have had a scoop, Parry – ‘Shock! Horror! irritating little git thrown out of meeting”.

On November 22 he wrote after an article on The Eye:  “Following Phil Parry’s latest attack on me I asked for the right to reply (The Eye – there has been no such request), but he hasn’t responded.  I’d prefer to ignore the irritating little git but he is now making serious and misleading allegations that have to be answered”.
 
Our Editor Phil Parry became angry when he was accused of being a liar

Plainly, despite our factual revelations, Mr Jones was troubled by our intervention, and wrote on his blog:  He (another critic of the plan) used the lies peddled by Phil Parry on The Eye”.

 
Mr Jones may have blamed our Editor in the past, but he has used ‘lies’ before in describing him. More than three years ago he called Mr Parry “a lying bastard” and dubbed him “vermin”.
 
Mr Jones said on Jac o’ the North:  “That lying bastard Phil Parry never misses an opportunity to twist or invent ‘facts’”. He continued:  “He’s a mouthpiece for the Labour Party (many of The Eye articles have been about the misdeeds of Labour politiciansand often ‘trails’ stories for Llais y Sais (we never write ‘trails’ for other organisations)
 
Does Royston Jones know his law?

Evidently Mr Jones is unaware of legal rules because these comments are highly-defamatory, and as they have been published, they fall within the remit of libel laws.

Mr Jones’ attempt to create the new Welsh independence party was also the subject of our satirist Edwin Phillips, and came soon after controversy was prompted by his personal views.
 
The ‘Full Of Shit’ award for Royston Jones

The equal treatment of disabled people is viewed by commentators as a progressive mark of civilised countries, and it is seen as important to address debilitating illnesses, but it seems Mr Jones does not agree. One of the lines by him on Jac o’ the North which caused particular offence was:  “Am I alone in thinking there’s an element of a Victorian freak show in the Paralympics?”. 

 
Mr Jones has also promoted a petition calling for social housing only to be given to people from Wales. Families from London who took homes from a Welsh housing association were heavily criticised, and they were called perverts.
 
Social housing in Wales only for the Welsh?

But readers have been dismayed in the past by what has appeared on Mr Jones’ blog. One commentator on The Eye said:  “The man (Royston Jones) and the knuckle draggers that follow him are fascistic ethnic nationalists end of and don’t really deserve the air of publicity except to say that wales has an alarmingly high number (of) far right supremacists who have convinced themselves they have oppressed status so think its okay to demonise ordinary people like retirees from English cities who’ve moved within their own nation state”.

Another critic of Mr Jones told us:  “I feel like taking a bath after I read his stuff”.
It seems now they have put a new label on his bathtub.
But calling it Gwlad Gwlad (GG) cannot disguise the fact that it was founded by a man with links to a paramilitary group, who posted a picture of its leader holding a gun on his blog.
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Up, up and away… https://the-eye.wales/up-up-and-away/ https://the-eye.wales/up-up-and-away/#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:04:51 +0000 https://the-eye.wales/?p=77191 Why certain people are sitting pretty

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After a controversial period in charge of a Welsh university which careered down league tables and opened a disastrous campus on a tropical island which was forced to close because so few students had enrolled, a contentious executive has landed another senior role at a major higher education institution, it has emerged.

The magazine for alumni proclaimed a new Vice-President (VP) with an interesting past

The extraordinary move shows how we have been offered yet another remarkable example of the way certain people in public life appear to glide effortlessly from one senior job to another leaving a trail of controversies in their wake.

The latest magazine for former Manchester University (MU) students proclaims that April McMahon is “the new Vice-President for Teaching Learning and Students”.

Yet in one of her previous incarnations Professor McMahon presided over a catastrophic period as Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Aberystwyth University (AU) when the institution tumbled down the rankings, and she was forced to warn that the tables should be “taken with a pinch of salt”.

The disturbing news also comes hard on the heels of recent astonishing information about the career of Roger Lewis.

Roger Lewis – ‘transformational’

Earlier this year he took up a position as president of the National Museum of Wales/Amgueddfa Cymru, even though his time as Chairman of Cardiff Airport (CA) was marked by an alarming link up with a middle eastern state accused of supporting terrorism, a former employee at another of his work places told us how his tenure at the helm had seen the closure of whole departments, and during a tumultuous period in charge of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) his organisation engaged in a fierce row with the regions, which he lost.

Dafydd Elis Thomas – ‘delighted’

Yet despite the chequered history of Mr Lewis, on his appointment the Welsh Deputy Minister for Culture Sport and Tourism, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, said: “I’m delighted with Roger’s appointment as the new president for Amgueddfa Cymru”.

Professor McMahon too has been applauded by her peers despite the recent past.

April McMahon – ‘Take these tables with a pinch of salt’

She finally left AU in the summer of 2016 after The Eye disclosed she was considering her position.

We showed how she had been forced to work alongside the university President Emyr Jones-Parry, before she finally left, which caused huge disquiet among senior university staff.

The Eye also revealed how during her calamitous five-year tenure, AU had plummeted in The Guardian league table, which is widely-read by potential students, and fell sharply in the Complete University Guide (CUG).

AU target was a ‘tall order’

The most recent Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 showed how after Professor McMahon left, AU had done slightly better but following its appalling performance when she was VC this is hardly surprising.

Before that in the guide it had dropped 11 places to 93.

A damaging profile of the university at the time she was in charge stated: “Aberystwyth has set itself the goal of becoming one of the top 30 universities in the UK and the top 250 in the world by 2017.

Peter Curran – ‘significant implications’

“It is a tall order where The Times and The Sunday Times league table is concerned, with the university presently in danger of falling out of our top 100, dropping 11 places this year after last year’s 35-place fall.”

It is also likely that the then dramatic drop in the rankings for AU contributed to other problems, and in particular dissuaded potential students from going there.

‘A waste of money’

The former director of finance, Peter Curran, had said: “The financial implications of under-recruitment have never been so significant”

It was also during her unbelievable tenure that a headline-grabbing campus on the sun-drenched holiday island of Mauritius was opened, but officials had to announce its closure soon afterwards because only 106 students had enrolled in its second year.

It was described by AU as an ’emotional’ event

Yet the writing had been on the wall for AU’s Mauritius campus long before this, after it lost the institution over £1 million in a little more than two years, and Professor McMahon should have been aware of the problems.

Set against a backdrop of a massive cost-cutting exercise because of “huge financial pressures”, accounts show that the Mauritius failure chalked up losses of £1,017,587 between 2015 and 2017.

Questionable media manageme

But they also reveal the dismal record of the campus itself.

In 2015/16 the campus brought in just £173,000 worth of tuition fees – of which the university received only £40,887 due to its partnership with Boston Campus Limited on the failed project.

The Mauritius ‘Branch Campus’ of AU had been condemned to us by staff as an “expensive folly” and a former VC said opening it had been “madness”, but it advertised for people even after its shutdown had hit the news.

Aberystwyth University had huge problems under April McMahon’s leadership

Despite all of this, top-level executives flew to the holiday island for a second ‘graduation’ ceremony this summer, which does not appear to be terribly good media-management in the circumstances.

Notwithstanding controversies like these, MU proudly proclaims that Professor McMahon has been “associated with the University of Manchester for over 40 years (and) was previously Associate Vice-President for Risk, Compliance and Research Integrity”.

The UK Government issued a strong warning

Mr Lewis too is no stranger to bad headlines and when he was in charge at Cardiff Airport (CA) a contentious association was announced with the troubled Middle Eastern emirate of Qatar.

A link up with the state-owned Qatar Airways (QA), came under the spotlight following the UK Government’s warning that potential travellers to the country faced major risks, and it stated on its advice website:  “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Qatar.

Roger Lewis, then Chairman of Cardiff Airport (third from left) with Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akber Al Baker, (fourth from left) the Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns (fourth from right) and the Welsh first minister at the time Carwyn Jones (second from right)

Eight sovereign nations around the world have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and in July 2017 it was reported that the state had been cut off by some of its powerful Arab neighbours over its alleged terrorist support.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in ‘aid’ money had been given by Qatar to Hamas, the group which holds sway in the Gaza Strip, and which has been designated by the USA as a terrorist organisation.

Yet Mr Lewis had described the connection with QA as “transformational”.

Was Roger Lewis ejected from the WRU after he lost?

The row which Mr Lewis lost between the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the rugby regions in his time there was ‘transformational’ too.

In November 2012 he told The Independent:  “We are where we are largely through past managerial incompetence at regional level. I’ve kept my counsel until now. Why?”.

In January 2014 it was reported in The Guardian:  “The regions say that they have found Lewis hard to pin down in negotiations, like trying to grasp a sliver of mercury”.

Did Roger Lewis preside over the dismantlement of departments at ITV Cymru Wales?

When he was in charge of ITV Cymru Wales Mr Lewis also provoked enormous anger – this time among some of his staff.

One former employee told us:  He presided over the piecemeal dismantlement of ITV Wales, with facilities and departments disappearing one after another, a process which would eventually lead to the closure of the Culverhouse Cross (CX) site.

Nottingham University – ‘you re-dream’

“I remember there was much ‘management speak’ about the need to move to a facility that was fit for purpose ‘going forward’”.

Mr Lewis clearly ‘goes forward’ and told his alma mater Nottingham University:  “You re-plan, you re-think and you re-dream that you can and you will”.

He has commented on television in the past:  “I know my success is staggering to many”.

Roger Lewis – ‘staggering’

Part of that ‘staggering success’ may be that he has also threatened to place a legal injunction on The Eye to stop a previous article about him being published.

Also ‘staggering’ could be the fact that those like Mr Lewis and Professor McMahon appear to  go from one high-profile job to another even though their past so-called ‘achievements’ should not be scrutinised too closely…

 

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