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The west’s waiting will bring only war.

My blog. My take.

As rumours circulate this evening that up to 15,000 Russian troops are now in and around the Crimea
The west is not even filled with empty rhetoric, let along strong words or actions.

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I spoke, only days ago in my Cold War blog about the scale of the issue currently escalating daily in Ukraine. Yet, the situation has only got severely worse, with the threat of a split nation ever more possible, but still without a significant response from either the UK, US or EU.

Those at the helms are only letting down the people of the Ukraine that want to continue to be part of a unified nation. Whilst only helping to stoke the fire for the groups that want the tug-of-war to carve up the pro-EU and pro-Russian country.

The actions of the Putin are possible only because he knew that the west’s reaction would be that of…

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The west’s waiting will bring only war.

As rumours circulate this evening that up to 15,000 Russian troops are now in and around the Crimea
The west is not even filled with empty rhetoric, let along strong words or actions.

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I spoke, only days ago in my Cold War blog about the scale of the issue currently escalating daily in Ukraine. Yet, the situation has only got severely worse, with the threat of a split nation ever more possible, but still without a significant response from either the UK, US or EU.

Those at the helms are only letting down the people of the Ukraine that want to continue to be part of a unified nation. Whilst only helping to stoke the fire for the groups that want the tug-of-war to carve up the pro-EU and pro-Russian country.

The actions of the Putin are possible only because he knew that the west’s reaction would be that of silence and a hush-hush mentality. We made this possible.

Instead, the LA Times are reporting today how Obama was running around the Whitehouse a great use of his very important time, eh?

My question is this; has the West lost it’s once feared force.

Obama and Cameron’s yellow ways continue to allow tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people to be incarcerated in labour camps, in the mountainous region of North Korea, yet nothing is done either.

These are world issues; Obama is seemingly just cruising through his second term, not wanting to rock the boat, and must go down as the most anti-climaxically challenged (if that’s even a term) President for a very, very long time.
Whilst Cameron is even incapable of helping the residents of his own country after the recent floods, Merkel seems to want to run the EU these days, and we all know about Hollande…

Are these four major players going to head us towards a fiercer Cold War than before?

One things for sure, silence and empty rhetoric is not golden, actions need to happen.

The Iron Curtain – dusting off the ice

I was born in what most believe to be the post Cold War era, in 1992. However, most argue (as I once did in a university assignment), the Cold War has never ended, only thawed to a sustainable degree.

Since Yanukovych rejected the EU for closer ties with Russia a few months ago, the response we have seen was perhaps inevitable. However, we may see the smiles on the faces of the protestors, now that their vilified leader is now deposed. But what is next for the ex Soviet state?

Ukraine

Ukraine has a past of being divided, and only became a unified nation as a Soviet Republic in the 19th century, and only an independent nation-state in 1991. It took just 13 years for the Orange Revolution, which heralded Yushchenko and Tymoshenko as it’s heros.

Yet, here we are. Only another 10 years have past, and the hugely divided nation is once again upturned. Yanukovych is ousted, (in what his Eastern supporters portray as an illegal coup), Tymoshenko is released two years into her seven year sentence, but looking a far cry from the woman we last saw.

One thing is for sure, this nation is hugely divided, and it is a deep seated divide. One which could have drastic consequences for the country, it’s people and perhaps the world.

The west is pro-EU, the East is staunch Yanukovych and supports more alignment to Putin’s Russia, in a Soviet satellite relationship. This will effect any future elections somewhat more than people think, and will definitely not result in huge landslides, for either side. Looking more extremely, could this even result in a split nation, totally divided by opinion, driven to the drastic decision to severe into two?

My ‘harking’ to the stagnant days of the Cold War was not without substance. As you can see by my title, I fully believe this is a unique situation that Ukraine, and Europe has found itself in. If the nation does become so violently split in it’s political allegiance, then what becomes of the thaw?

Will the iron curtain, (albeit a lot, lot smaller) begin to freeze once more?

Murray’s Return

Glenn Murray scored 31 goals last term, he got us promoted. Wilf scared teams, Muzza scored goals.

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We are lucky as a club to now see ourselves above some ‘Staying-Up Stalwarts’ in WBA, Fulham and Sunderland. We owe that largely to Mr Pulis and his sheer determination to keep his record of never having been relegated alive and well.

However, I am of the opinion that the greatest event of this season so far; better than any signing, goal, cross or even change in management, is the return of the one and only Glenn Murray.

He will add even more passion to the fan’s chanting, home and away. He will scare defenders when they realise this is the man that scored 31 goals in one season. He is the man that can score with his head, left and right. He will fight for the club with blood sweat and tears.

I look at the club in 2010 at Hillsborough. Every player would’ve given their lives for the club then.

Now, im not so sure. Perhaps that is Premier League football, or maybe the standard of player Warnock wanted? Or both.

Hill, Derry, Ambrose, Paddy, Jules, Scannell, Butterfield. All loved the club and you could tell.

Now, I would only say; Jules, Delaney, Murray are in the same category.

We need that passion, we need to dig in, we need some luck. We need 14 points.

We need Murray.

Premiership? You can stick it.

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Arsenal have been knocked out of the FA Cup, Wenger is again seen as an idiot, despite building foundations of a major-lasting legacy.

Chelsea fansseem to hate Benitez, subjecting him to huge abuse every game. See my other blog.

Manchester City almost seem to demand trophies, based on money spent.

Well, I support Crystal Palace, a team with well-documented ups and downs over the past five.. No ten.. No twenty… years.

I have enjoyed the ups and downs, the promotion to the Premier League, the relegation scraps, the moments from being closed down. Since 2005 we have been in the Championship, and it has all been exciting. Especially this season with Holloway coming in, losing Freedman long-term will turn out to be a great move.

Don’t get me wrongI would love to sneak second place from under Hull’s nose this season, or win the play-offs and go up to the Premier League. Yes.

However, Arsenal fans are slaughtering Wenger. Chelsea fans are publicly abusing Benitez. Manchester City fans seem to just expect a trophy due to their capital.

It is at time like these when I am quite glad that I support what would probably be classed as obscurely (due to it not being a club in the top-four) a Championship team.

I have gotten to the stage where I want Stoke, West Brom and Everton – and the teams that have to skilfully work their way up the Premier League, on a shoe-string budget to win every week. Just to add some competitive edge into the league.

Keep up the good work Football League, the real fans love you for it.

Boris Johnson, give the man credit.

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To some he is the London Major.

To some he is the blundering, odd looking man that will occasionally appear on Newsnight or Question Time.

To me, he is the next leader of the Conservative party, and in turn, a future Prime Minister.

His charisma is refreshing. His belief is unbeatable. And he is actually a nice bloke (compare him with Mandleson, and then disagree with me).

Well today, I read that Boris had failed to spend the £111m pounds given to London to be able to spend on infrastructure of businesses and help the capital’s economy grow.

My first thought (as a Midlander) was typical. ‘Oh yes, give some investment to the capital, but we are always reading that the likes of Newcastle and Hull have incredibly high unemployment, but the North is as its always been; forgotten. These days if you are not in London, it is sometimes possible to conceive that you do not exist in politicians eyes’.

My second thought was to express disbelief in why this was even being brought into question.
Firstly, this country is currently teetering on the threshold of a triple-dip recession, and we are there because of poor managing of the countries’ finances. Yet, here Boris is being criticised for actually being sensible.

Secondly, Labour shout from the rooftops that Boris is letting his city down. Yet, do they express what they would invest in, and do with that money? Mo. Do you hear Ken Livingstone or another would-be candidate, emphasising how they would do things differently? No.

So for now, we need to see Boris (who last year, people were idolising through the Olympics and Jubilee) get through this year, and then see what he is putting in place in the Capital, as he goes about the investment sensibly.

The once-member of the Bullingdon Club is actually a very clever man.

Even if he did run after a mugger shouting ‘Oik’.
Or, even if he did compare a change in race laws to ‘Caecescau’s Romania’.

To read the report, click here.

The return of Billy W*ank

imageSo, Billy Davies – the man, that at Derby County publicly berated the Chairman and board to throw more money at his ever-slipping tenure.

He then moved Clough-like down the A52 to rivals Nottingham Forest. This man was nowhere near Brian Clough. A faker. A mardy, annoying; Scotsman.

As his time at Forest began to slowly ebb away, he became the same despicable man he’d become at Derby. Publicly criticising the board for lack of investment, despite significant amounts ring thrown at him, in comparison to other cash-strapped teams in the Championship.

He has now returned. Almost ridiculously ironically as Alex McLeish has left due to; lack of investment, and the board not backing him.

I don’t know if it is just me, but…. WHAT THE F*CK?

Burkina Faso. Critics F*ck Off.

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Last year, Zambia, a country with approximately 14million people won the Africa Cup of Nations. It was a huge shock.

This year, Burkina Faso has shown their passion, ability to grind out results and ridden their luck at times, but have made their way to the final none the less.

They have only conceded two goals during the competition. Whilst they are still unbeaten.

This is a country with approximately 15million people.

Yet still people associate African football with; Ivory Coast, Ghana and South Africa. Where are they?

The Burkina-babes haven’t made it past the first round in the tournament since 1998, and have never made the final.

The star of the tournament for Burkina Faso has to be Jonathan Pitroipa. Unfortunately denied a penalty in extra-time, and instead sent off. He will now miss the final. A shocking decision.

Yes, I have a vested interest as I did put a 33/1 each-way bet on the Stallions to win the tournament, which I will at least take a place prize.

But, in all honesty, I think the tournament (except for refereeing performances) has shown what a great footballing continent Africa really are.

I cannot hear the critics now!

Well done Africa!
Well done Burkina Faso.
Well done Jonathan Pitrioipa. I hope you get an appeal granted.

Matt Jansen. Michael Owen. Miles apart.

imageAs part as my ‘Miles Apart’ series, I am comparing footballers of similar ages, and how they’re careers can start so similar, yet take decisions (sometimes beyond their control) in entirely different directions.

This blog is comparing ex-Blackburn and Crystal Palace striker Matt Jansen, 35, once widely tipped to become England’s next great striker. With current Stoke City striker and ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid striker, Michael Owen, 33.

My first memories of Michael Owen are; watching Liverpool v Derby County on Sky, and seeing Owen personally destroy the Derby defence, beating them a resounding 4-0 in the process.
I also , as any England fan should, remember Owen’s World Cup goal against the Argentinian team (the one with Simeone and Batistuta).

In all honesty, I only remember Matt Jansen because of a computer game I had. UEFA Manager 2000 (the Football Manager of it’s day. Matt Jansen was the (Divison1/Championship’s) best striker, for Blackburn. He was rated a good 80. Only Dele Adebola and Andy Johnson were rated similar. Ironically, all three would go on to play for Crystal Palace in their careers.

Matt Jansen’s career had taken off, he was scoring profusely for Carlisle United, and was soon snapped up for £1m by then Premier League side Crystal Palace (turning down a move to Manchester United in the process).
After doing similar at Palace, he then moved to Blackburn for £4.1m, (once more turning Manchester United down), where he quickly became a club legend. His goal scoring record harking back to Blackburn’s SAS days, with Sutton and Shearer.

If you have read my Gazza blog, you will recall

for someone to take that away from him. Waking up one morning and realising his skills, pace and control was leaving him. Making him and older footballer, compared to the Beckham’s, Owen’s and Fowler’s that were starting to make big names for themselves. Gazza couldn’t understand that this was it

This was also a similar case for Matt Jansen, a man who turned down Sir Alex Ferguson more than once, and looked set to place himself in the England side for a long time.

In the summer of 2002 Jansen had a motorcycle accident in Rome, resulting in a short coma, and loss in all footballing attributes, meaning that his glittering early career would be difficult to rekindle.

As you probably know, Matt Jansen never rekindled his career, and has since journeyed around a number of clubs, attempting to bring back his glory days. He is currently with old Blackburn team-mate Garry Flitcroft at Northern Premier League side Chorley, where he has scored 11goals in 23games, whilst also coaching.

Yet, this is not just the end of Matt Jansen’s fall from success. He has had time with psychologists to cure his depression and illness. No one should mock this. I would agree, as would any football-loving lad, that for a successful football career to be taken away at such a young age, would destroy the strongest of minds.

Perhaps one day we will see Jansen back in the big time, maybe managing Blackburn?

I personally believe he is owed another chance. I here you say ‘but he’s a footballer he’ll have tonnes of money’. I say to you; footballers have a very short career, Jansen had an even shorter one. Yes he was Blackburn’s star striker, but that was before the £80,000 a week wages.

Jansen deserves a chance. I look forward to the day he returns.