Monday, November 26, 2007

Ideas factory, World Cup 2010 Draw and Hibs scrape draw at home!

I notice the latest Lib Dem/Torty gimmick the "Ideas Factory"

Described as the following:
Ideas about improving services and places
Ideas which would make better use of existing resources or which bring in outside resources
Ideas which we can support with our influence and networks rather than our own resources
Key to all of this is of course ideas that dont cost thje Administration any money but that they can blame other people for nort resourcing!

They are entirely driven by spin "100 days of change" being the last big idea which has had not lasting impact apart fromthe continual turmoil of yet another Housing Department reorganisation which even staff forced into silence on the issue make it clear by body language what they thing of it!

I was annoyed at Stanton whining on about the poor Government settlement despite having the 6th most deprived constituentcy in England, Camberwell and Peckham when he has spent the last 6 years entirely ignoring Camberwell as some petty retribution on the Lib Dem failure to win seats there!
I note that a Lib Dem MEP has defected to the Tories and I feel that a number of elected Lib Dems will be parting company to go either right or left after their devisive Leadership contest?

The 2010 World Cup Qualification draw took place in Durban South Africa yesterday and Scotland's Group looks like this:

Group 9 Holland, SCOTLAND, Norway, FYR Macedonia, Iceland

Actually we have a good record against Scandanavian opposition so Norway and Iceland, although not easy are not bad draws and if fact we have a pretty good record against Holland, 6-0 defeat not withstanding!, and beat then 1-0 in last home visit with McFadden scoring late winner so really a group where we are second seed and we should qualify from as no 14 in the FIFA World rankings, our highest for years. Rumours are that McLeish may accept Birmingham City job so we may again be looking for a National Coach?

Hibs made heavy weather of the home game against Dundee United scraping a 2-2 draw after going 2-0 down after 75 minutes! Good that we are able to fight back but our defending was woeful as we lost 2 identical goals to Robertson with unchallenged headers from crosses! Worrying and I hope that some central defenders are on John Collins January shopping list?
Hibs do stay in 3rd place above Dundee United, who like Motherwell, are having a very good season and with Aberdeen and Hearts still good sides it is a tough league this year.
As well as Colin Nish from Killie it is rumoured that our old Captain, Ian Murray, may be on the way back after his spells at Rangers and Norwich? Another great player ruined by Rangers, doubt he will be the same player he was?