Almost any mention on here of anything related to Israel can be a hot potato, so allow me to be brave and throw a hand grenade into the forum! Actually it's nothing that explosive, just found the following quite interesting and a little surprising.
"The law is similar to others passed in recent years in more than 20 states, including Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and Maryland, Mitchell said. His organization has been involved in fighting such laws nationwide, including Georgia’s."
& press conference:
UPDATE: Link didn't seem to work, feel free to YouTube search the following video title: "Abby Martin Sues Georgia Over Israel Loyalty Oath Law [Full Press Conference & Interviews]" If interested.
Press conference (as shown on YouTube) video description: On Feb. 10, Abby Martin filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging a Georgia law requiring all independent contractors to sign a pro-Israel pledge.
Abby is working with two civil rights organizations, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF).
Here it says: https://apnews.com/796ae3c36b7f58594207308855b7bfde "This story was published on Feb. 10, 2020. It was updated on Feb. 12, 2020 to show that a Georgia law requires some people to sign an oath pledging not to boycott Israel, not the Israeli government. The story also was corrected to show that they have to sign the oath to do business with the state of Georgia, not to do business in Georgia."
As I said above, I was quite surprised by some of that, although given it's the good ol' U.S. of A. (that would move heaven and earth for Israel), perhaps I shouldn't of been!
I would love to see George back. Remember what he said back in May 2018 ahead of Hurst's appointment, see here: https://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/george-burley-wants-to-be-new-ipswich-town-boss-1-5 Burley totally gets it. I wanted Burley instead of both Hurst and Lambert too. But with Lambert getting his 5 year deal sadly the chance looks remote. What Burley says in that interview chimes with tried and tested past success stories I can think of. For example, such as those discussed in the Class of 92 film. Fergie proved beyond doubt you can win with kids. Lambert has given Downes and Woolfenden plenty of games but I would go even further and gamble on the likes of Dobra, El Mizouni and Morris. George says you have to give youth players a run of games, just 1 or 2 sporadic games here and there isn't enough for them to settle properly and flourish. In the Class of 92 they mention how Utd's scouting system was a joke compared to Man City when Fergie took over, and how he made it a priority to sort it out, and the rewards they reaped in doing so. I think it's safe to say Norwich have marched well ahead of us with their scouting network and it's reflected with where they are compared to us now. I think Burley would be brave enough as well to make tough decisions and start shipping out some of the old guard who have taken us backwards rather than forwards. Fergie did it time and time again. Burley had a lot of respect for Ferguson and vice versa. Burley also obviously played under Sir Bobby Robson, that's another big plus point too surely! I don't care if he's been out of the game for so long, home is where the heart is and George's heart is here. Things nearly always go better when your heart is fully in it.
How about Klug, 4 nil away to Reading wasn't it! Why ever did we pull the Klug to get Hurst the Worst! Although I think Klug said at the time he wasn't enjoying all the extra pressure and he only wanted to cover things until we had a new permanent man in place. Shame that!
I was quite keen on Lampard but it wouldn't of mattered as he'd of only used us as a stepping stone. Moreover, when he actually found out what little he'd have to work with in the way of financial support he was off like a shot to Derby.
In regard to wanting a favourable trade deal or not, this is worth a watch or listen. (watch) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csy94j (listen) I listened to it at about 7.30am on BBC Sounds, I really should get out more!
I know we can only speculate about these things. And we all know he's had a lot of bad luck with injuries. He's only ever scored 1 goal for us (which was over 5 seasons ago I think) in 89 games. And he's played less than 50 league games (49 to be precise) over the last 5 seasons (a good number of those coming off from the bench) due to his injury woes. We all know how good he looked when he burst on to the scene during our Play Off season. He was linked with big clubs and there was a lot of buzz about Teddy. But that was over 5 years ago now. Anybody starting to lose belief that Teddy will ever make good on the exciting potential shown back in the 2014-15 season? He's shown glimpses of what he can do but he's never looked half the player to me as he did back in 2014-15. Given there are exciting prospects like Dobra and El Mizouni waiting in the wings, you have to wonder how much longer he'll be given to start delivering the goods before others jump the queue. I'd love to see him come good but 5 years in the wilderness with only fleeting stop-go false dawn comebacks, does seem a long while to have waited thus far. Do you think he might start to make a statement again this season at last or do you think next season perhaps? Or is Teddy destined to be another "didn't live up to his early promise" casualties of football? Any thoughts?
Don't panic folks, I'm sure Matt Hancock has every eventuality covered. It's comforting to think he's the man that will be responsible for containing the outbreak if it starts to do the rounds here in Old Blighty - YIKES!!!
Ginola for me all day long. He was key in helping me win the FA Cup for Ipswich in Championship Manager 2! Along with Brian Laudrup and Alan Shearer. Always tried to sign Gazza in Championship Manager 2 but could never tempt him with enough wonga or ambition! I do rate Son, perhaps he's more consistent (I hear that argument) but on his day Ginola was a cut above.
I emailed Tom Palmer who has written the latest editions of Roy Of The Rovers ( https://tompalmer.co.uk/roy-of-the-rovers/) to tell him how much my son has enjoyed reading his books. Got a lovely reply from both Tom and his wife Rebecca.
If any of you have children or grandchildren who are into football, Tom's books are well worth reading.