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The results of our caption competition are in!

We asked readers of The Eye what these world leaders could be saying, after revelations that several others, including Boris Johnson, were caught miked up and on camera at the NATO summit gossiping maliciously about US President Donald Trump who went home early in a huff.

The footage of them apparently making fun of Mr Trump as he held court in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace has gone viral on social media.

It seems Mr Trump’s initial press conference was expected to last five minutes, but instead went on for nearly 50.

The runners-up are:

  • Mr T Flynn of Abergele with, Trump to Johnson:  “YOU WERE TELLLING THEM ABOUT THE LATEST LEAK FROM THE RUSSIANS WEREN’T YOU?!” Johnson to Trump:  “You know I never lie”.
  • Ms I Jones of Llandudno with, Trump to Johnson:  “I’m off.  I’d rather face that impeachment hearing than be here.”  Johnson to Trump:  “Donald, you must realise I never had anything to do with that business.  It means nothing that I’m in touch with the Republicans AND the Democrats”.
  • Mr Paul Roberts of Pwllheli with, Trump to Johnson:  “I’d like to grab those pussies who gossiped about me, and I don’t mean like my comments in the election”. Johnson to Trump:  “You must give me tips on how to win elections”.

But the winner is:  Mr I Davies of Cardiff with, Trump to Johnson:  “I wish I could sack them like most of my staff”. Johnson to Trump under breath:  “I’d like to do that if we don’t get a majority on December 12”.

As usual nobody gets any prizes unfortunately – just the satisfaction of knowing you’ve stuck it to the man!

 

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Dan Biggar Says His Current Coach Is Heads Above The Rest . . . Including Warren Gatland https://the-eye.wales/dan-biggar-says-his-current-coach-is-heads-above-the-rest-including-warren-gatland/ Sat, 07 Dec 2019 09:40:10 +0000 https://the-eye.wales/?p=79227 Dan Biggar has claimed Northampton coach Chris Boyd is the best he has ever worked with – putting the New Zealander on top of an impressive list of rivals that would include Warren Gatland, Lyn Jones, Steve Tandy and Jim Mallinder. The Wales World Cup No.10 will try and guide his Saints side past Leinster […]

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Dan Biggar has claimed Northampton coach Chris Boyd is the best he has ever worked with – putting the New Zealander on top of an impressive list of rivals that would include Warren Gatland, Lyn Jones, Steve Tandy and Jim Mallinder.

The Wales World Cup No.10 will try and guide his Saints side past Leinster today (Saturday) in the Heineken Champions Cup.

Northampton have won both their opening matches so far in Europe and Biggar believes the chances of them inflicting a first defeat of the season on the Irish province are high, thanks to the influence of Boyd,  their former Hurricanes and All Blacks U20 chief.

“He’s by far the best coach I’ve ever been involved with,” Biggar said. “He works you really hard, you know you’re coming into work, there’s not a free day with your feet up. I feel I get better every day in this environment.”

“You just see the way he’s galvanised this squad from a point of, well…some mediocrity, in terms of the size and strength of this squad… ask any of the boys here, there’ll be very little bad to say about Chris.

“There’s always lots of positivity, he calls a spade a spade. He is by far the best I’ve worked with in terms of the whole package.

“I came here looking at something of a ‘project’. It’s not like joining Saracens or Leinster – a team that’s used to winning, where there’s only one way to go, this was a project where I could leave a bit of a stamp on things. I feel I’m a better player and we’re given a real licence to go and be positive.”

Biggar – who left the Ospreys for English rugby 18 months ago – insists his decision to play across the border has improved him as a player.

“If I’m brutally honest it’s a different set-up to what I expected when I signed,” said Biggar, who intends to keep playing for Wales for “as long as possible”.

“I didn’t think I’d come here and learn and improve so much. This place has been a real breath of fresh air to me. I am a better player for it. Every day in this environment I feel I get better.

“But we’re not the best team in the world just because we’ve won a few games. We’ve had a really good start and played really well. But Leinster are a different animal to what we’ve faced so far.”

Biggar will go head-to-head with Ireland star Johnny Sexton at Franklin’s Gardens, in a repeat of the 2011 final in Pool 1 – one of the best finals the tournament has ever produced.

Saints were 22-6 up at half-time in Cardiff that day before the Irish province fought back in the second half for a 32-22 victory.

Saints have never repeated those heights in the years that followed that final, but following a revival led by Boyd, they come into this game top of the Gallagher Premiership standings and with just one loss to their name across all competitions this season.

“We’re playing a European superpower, a team packed full of big-moment players,” added Biggar.

“They’ve a No.10 [Johnny Sexton] who has proved he is one of the best in the world and if we allow him to run the show then we are in for a long afternoon. But if we can make their backs play on the back foot then we stand a hell of a good chance of imposing our game on them.”

Boyd is backing his own man at No.10 and said: “Dan is a fierce competitor and in what he does, he is probably as good as anybody in the world.

“If you had to roll your sleeves up and get into a fight, you’d certainly be happy to have Dan Biggar on your shoulder.”

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Party fears https://the-eye.wales/party-fears/ https://the-eye.wales/party-fears/#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 06:08:56 +0000 https://the-eye.wales/?p=79136 They're not really nervous

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So true…

Our political correspondent The Rebel looks at the state of the parties in the final week before the General Election with The Conservatives claiming they are jittery, the characters of party leaders under scrutiny as never before, and the anti-Semitic controversy engulfing the Labour Party rumbling on, while its hard left leader has put his party way behind in a poll.   

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

 

Behind you!

The Tories say they are nervous in the final week of campaigning, but they aren’t really.

Boris and his adviser, staring-eyes Dominic Cummings, know full well they could be on course for a thumping majority (although this confidence may be misplaced) and the bearded lefty just can’t escape the anti-Semitism business, which for a lot of voters is simply beyond the pale.

Jeremy Corbyn always picks important subjects

They prefer a man accused of lying and cheating to an anti-Semite.

This week there has been more bad news for the bearded one over the crisis

Scores of serving and former Labour officials have given sworn statements about anti-Semitism in the party as part of evidence submitted to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s investigation into the issue.

James Libson, a lawyer representing the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), confirmed he has prepared 70 testimonies from current and former staffers as part of the inquiry.

If only he’d stuck to protesting…

Mr Libson, a partner at the law firm Mishcon de Reya, said interference in cases had become institutional in Labour.

It came in the week that the bearded lefty finally apologised for anti-Semitism in his party, after dodging the question FOUR times on television.

The fortnightly average of polls yesterday put the Tories FOURTEEN points ahead of Labour (they only need to be six ahead to get a majority).

‘There are more blue ones than red ones…’

The Conservatives are on 43 per cent, Labour on 29 and the Lib Dems are on 15.

Bojo has pledged that he would hold a tax-cutting budget within weeks of Britain leaving the European Union and that could play well with voters.

Boris said that he would present a “Brexit budget” in late February as he unveiled his plans for the first 100 days of a new administration.

The spending plans have been thoroughly costed

The spending plan meets his commitment to increase the threshold at which Britons start paying national insurance to £9,500 from April, saving (he claims) an average of £85 a year.

Apparently the ‘budget’ could also include 15 hours of free childcare a week for two-year-olds, a policy that was considered for the Tory manifesto last month but did not appear.

Isaac Levido, who is running the Conservatives’ election campaign, has told staff that the final seven days is like a “closing statement” in a trial and that the party must hammer home its message.

The NHS would get more. Allegedly

The legislation the Tories say they would table will include a symbolic pledge to enshrine in law a guarantee to increase NHS funding by £20.5 billion a year.

There would also be a new law intended to end all-out rail strikes by compelling train companies and unions to sign “minimum service agreements” (it IS coming up to Christmas!).

The Human Rights Act would be amended in an attempt to protect troops from vexatious claims, and a sentencing bill would introduce a mandatory minimum term of 14 years for terrorists convicted of serious offences.

The UK’s security servies would get more. Allegedly

A review of defence, security and foreign policy would also be held.

The UK’s intelligence services would also allegedly get more powers and money.

This all comes amid news that Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party (remember them?!), which Tory strategists had been worried could split the Conservative vote, may be crumbling.

Three Brexit Party MEPs have quit to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal and the Conservatives instead.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg – sister of the Commons leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg – Lance Forman and Lucy Harris, have all resigned the whip to back Bojo’s push to “get Brexit done”.

But Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University, was doubtful that there would be much more of a boost for the Tories.

He said: “There is not much of a Brexit Party vote left to squeeze. The Tories have already gobbled up much of the Leave vote”.

‘What’s my sister gone and done now?!’

It follows the decision on Wednesday to sack the MEP John Longworth, the former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, for “repeatedly undermining” the party leader, Nigel Farage’s election strategy.

But it looks as though the bearded lefty is having trouble undermining Boris’s lead…

 

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Still on the horns of dilemma https://the-eye.wales/still-on-the-horns-of-dilemma/ https://the-eye.wales/still-on-the-horns-of-dilemma/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 08:31:01 +0000 https://the-eye.wales/?p=79100 Loved by some but not by all...

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The Barry Horns say they didn’t use the ‘C’ bomb

The governing body of football in Wales has been officially alerted about the “aggressive political agenda” of a supporters’ band which was banned from Twitter for using ‘abusive’ language, called a political leader a “cunt” and has been backed by prominent political figures, it has emerged.

The Barry Horns have been described as “a foul mouthed bullying group of yobs” in a comment to The Eye and denied using the “‘C’ bomb”, although our journalists have found the evidence on social media.

The Barry Horns say they are ‘beautiful’…

Their ban from Twitter has now been lifted and the band have said they are “beautiful” but serious questions have been raised about the policy.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) have now been asked by one fan:  I would like to know what the FAW position is on the Barry Horns who having affiliated themselves to South Wales football now appear to have adopted an aggressive political agenda.

They were banned after remarks like these

“Some of their language on Twitter is worse than I have ever endured on football terraces.

“Is this the sort of agenda the FAW condone?”.

Another fan attached some of the comments on Twitter by The Barry Horns in his complaint to the FAW following our earlier piece on The Eye, saying:  “As you can see, the abusive language they use is absolutely disgusting. It has attracted negative media attention on a widely-read Welsh news website. Their behaviour, and the behaviour of other groups in the Welsh nationalist movement who are ‘tagging on’ to the FAW and the Wales team’s success are already damaging the reputation of Welsh football…”.

Leanne Wood, the ex-leader of Plaid Cymru (PC) and Jonathan Edwards have said The Barry Horns should be ‘freed’ when they were banned by Twitter, despite the fact they called politician Nigel Farage a “lying cunt” said “fuck you” to Brexiteers, and declared about UK cabinet minister Jeremy Hunt “Go fuck yourself you Tory bastard“.

Leanne Wood liked The Barry Horns

In defiance of remarks like these, Ms Wood spoke out against the restriction by Twitter saying:  “… you ban the Barry Horns? For defending the NHS?”, this was then re-tweeted by Mr Edwards.

A reader’s comment to The Eye was:  “Imagine if this was Boris Johnson praising an English supporters group which had used the sort of language publicly the Barry Horns have?  There would be hell to pay in the news!”.

Leanne Wood – ‘Free the Barry Horns’

The Barry Horns clearly support Ms Wood and Mr Edwards’s party because before the Twitter ban, they exhorted followers to “Join @Plaid Cymru”.

But the disturbing news has still gone unreported by the mainstream media, regardless of the PC politicians featuring strongly in the General Election campaign.

On social media The Barry Horns have thanked Ms Wood as well as PC MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (before the General Election was called) Mr Edwards, for launching a campaign to support them.

Jonathan Edwards – a Plaid Cymru MP who supports the contentious Barry Horns

They also criticised the fact that they were ‘unfairly’ banned from Twitter soon after their song had been used in a PC election promotion.

They said on Facebook:  “We have also written yet another appeal to Twitter to try and un-suspend the account and generally try and understand what on earth is going on!  (Ps. no, we didn’t use the ‘C’ bomb!!!) (!).

The Barry Horns are an eleven-piece brass band, made up of fans of the Welsh national football team, created in 2011 by BBC Wales promos director ‘Fez’ Watkins.

The Barry Horns ‘couldn’t wait’ to greet football fans at Cardiff Central Railway Station

Their first public appearance was outside the Wales v England World Cup qualifying match in Cardiff on 26 March 2011.

They also appeared at the Welsh Cup Final in the same year, which was broadcast on television.

In March 2017, the band were controversially barred from the Republic of Ireland Wales World Cup 2018 qualifying match in Dublin.

In September of the same year, they gave a headline performance at the first Welsh Independence music festival in association with Yes Cymru, held at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff.

Complaints have gone in to the Football Association of Wales

That month The Barry Horns also gave football fans from North Wales a surprise welcome to Cardiff with a performance at Cardiff Central Station ahead of Wales’ match against Austria at the Cardiff City Stadium.

At the time they said: “The Horns couldn’t wait to greet the train upon its arrival to Caerdydd. Next stop – 3 points!”.

‘Amazing atmosphere’

Arriva Trains Wales proclaimed:  “The atmosphere on board was amazing with everyone in great spirits all the way down and for The Barry Horns to be welcoming the train and fans into Cardiff was the icing on the cake”.

The Welsh TV company said:  The Barry Horns know how to get a party started, even on a station platform”.

Twitter are loved by some but not by others

But this is not the first time the two politicians have hit the headlines with Twitter central to the controversy.

In August 2014 Mr Edwards was forced to defend his claim on Twitter that unionists “loathe their own country”.

He came under fire for his controversial remarks, which were made in response to the televised debate between the then Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum.

Meanwhile earlier this year Ms Wood was censured by the Standards Commissioner for the Welsh Assembly Sir Roderick Evans (who has since resigned), after she called a blogger “an arsehole”.

Leanne Wood won’t accept her censure

She posted on Twitter“This is the third complaint gone in to the standards commissioner about me this year. Unprecedented. The Standards Commissioner has decided not to take any further action (on the others). I believe this is vexatious.

She said she had refused the chance to issue an apology and “won’t accept the censure”.

It seems The Barry Horns have not been censured either, despite saying “fuck you” on Twitter. 

 

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Blowing Trumpet https://the-eye.wales/blowing-trumpet/ https://the-eye.wales/blowing-trumpet/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 06:04:39 +0000 https://the-eye.wales/?p=79076 Pictures speak a thousand words

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As part of our occasional caption competition here we invite readers of The Eye to provide possible conversations.

What can these world leaders be saying?!

It has added piquancy after revelations that several were caught miked up and on camera at the NATO summit gossiping maliciously about US President Donald Trump who went home early in a huff.

The footage of them apparently making fun of Mr Trump as he held court in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace has gone viral on social media.

It seems Mr Trump’s initial press conference was expected to last five minutes, but instead went on for nearly 50.

Here are some possibilities to get you started:

  • Trump to Johnson:  “YOU’RE PART OF THIS!”. Johnson replies:  “I would never gossip about you Donald”.
  • Trump angrily to Johnson:  “I said I wouldn’t interfere in your election and now I’m going to…” Johnson replies:   “Please don’t”.
  • Trump to Johnson:  “I told them I didn’t want your NHS but now I am so angry I am going to demand it!“.  Johnson replies weakly:  “Is this because of that microphone thing?”.
  • Trump to Johnson:  “I thought our deal was that I wouldn’t say anything to embarrass you, and now this!”. Johnson replies:  “Calm down Donald.  Ignore all that microphone business and do NOT say you’re backing me.  I don’t want your help!”.

As usual no prizes unfortunately – just the satisfaction of knowing you may have played a small part in riling our political leaders!

 

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