Angela Merkel’s failure may be just what Europe needs

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn an unpredictable world, it’s always a pleasure to claim vindication for one’s own prophetic powers, and the political crisis in Germany — the inability of Angela Merkel to form a coalition government that keeps her country’s far right sidelined — could easily inspire an “I told you so” from those of us who have criticized the German chancellor and doubted her leader-of-the-free-world mystique.That mystique is undeserved because it is too kind to her decision, lauded for its idealism but ultimately deeply reckless and destabilizing, to swiftly admit a million-odd migrants into the heart of Europe in 2015.No recent move has so clearly highlighted the undemocratic, Berlin-dominated nature of European decision making and the gulf between the elite consensus and popular opinion. But while it’s possible that a Bourbon Restoration scenario awaits, in which our overclass learns nothing and forgets nothing during the Trumpian disruption, there is something mildly encouraging in the willingness of Merkel’s competitors in the political center, not just on the extreme right, to act as though they’ve learned lessons from her high-minded blunder, and to campaign and negotiate as if the public’s opinions about migration policy should actually prevail.Better that kind of crisis-generating move by far, in fact, than a grand coalition of parties united only in their anti-populism, and perfectly designed to ratify the populist critique that all the elites are in cahoots.What will save the liberal order, if it is to be saved, will be the successful integration of concerns that its leaders have dismissed or ignored back into normal political debate, an end to what Josh Barro of Business Insider has called “no-choice politics,” in which genuine ideological pluralism is something to be smothered with a pillow.In Angela Merkel’s Europe right now, that should mean making peace with Brexit, ceasing to pursue ever further political centralization by undemocratic means, breaking up the ‘60s-era intellectual cartels that control the commanding heights of culture, creating space for religious resistance to the lure of nihilism and suicide — and accepting that the days of immigration open doors are over, and the careful management of migrant flows is a central challenge for statesmen going forward.But a necessary first step, in the country that really rules the continent, would be for more people to recognize that if Merkel’s long rule is threatened it need not be a sign of liberalism in crisis, but rather an indicator that it could yet be restored to health.Ross Douthat is an op-ed columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? And no move has contributed so much to the disturbances since — the worsening of Europe’s terrorism problem, the shock of Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump, and the growing divide between the EU’s Franco-German core and its eastern nations.So it’s fitting that the immigration issue has finally come back to undercut Merkel directly, first costing her votes in Germany’s last election, which saw unprecedented gains for the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, and then making a potential grand coalition impossible in part because the centrist, pro-business Free Democrats now see an opportunity in getting to Merkel’s right on migration policy.Yes, thanks to the continued fallout from her rash decision, and just as her critics predicted, Germany stares into the abyss of … well, actually, no, it doesn’t really stare into the abyss at all.It just has to choose between a new election, which would probably deliver the same divisions but would still leave the nationalists stuck at 10-15 percent of the vote and Merkel’s party with a plurality, and a minority government led by Merkel herself, which would be a novelty in Berlin but which is normal enough in other stable Western countries.Both options promise problems that Germany hasn’t had to deal with in its modern and unified shape, but also problems that are quite routine for developed-world democracies.Neither option is going to suddenly elevate the AfD to power, unravel the European Union or bring National Socialism lurching back to life.As political crises go, the one Merkel has brought upon her country isn’t exactly a Weimar moment, or even a Trump-scale shock.center_img And for all the pleasures of “I told you so,” those of us who never bought into the Merkel mystique should not pretend that she’s delivered some sort of catastrophe just yet.Instead, what she’s delivered is an opportunity for leaders in Germany and in the wider West to learn from her mistakes. For all the understandable talk about the crisis of Western liberalism, the political chaos of the last few years has also demonstrated that many supposed agents of post-liberalism are unready to really push the liberal order to the breaking point.President Donald Trump is a political weakling, not a Caesar; Marine Le Pen can’t break 35 percent of France’s presidential vote; the Islamic State has all-but-fallen.Which means that the custodians of the liberal order, the kind of people wringing their hands over Merkel’s present struggles, still have an opportunity to prove their critics wrong, to show that their worldview is more adaptable to changed circumstances than it has seemed.I’m not sure they’re ready for that adaptation; instead, my sense of the state of Western elites after Trump and Brexit is similar to the analysis offered recently by Michael Brendan Dougherty in National Review.Dougherty has been circulating in high-level confabs since Trump’s election and reports a persistent mood of entitlement and ‘90s nostalgia — a refusal to take responsibility for foreign policy failures, to admit that post-national utopianism was oversold, to reckon with the social decay and spiritual crisis shadowing the cosmopolitan dream.Indeed, all the high-level agita surrounding Germany’s political crisis — good heavens, not a minority government! — suggests a basic deficiency of elite imagination that will be one of the things that brings down the liberal order if it does eventually fall.last_img read more

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House grills govt over ‘unconstitutional’ Perppu

first_imgWhile the country struggles to flatten the infection curve, a debate has erupted over a regulation that grants the government the power to allocate emergency COVID-19 spending and a legal shield that protects officials executing the programs.The executive order, Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020, which is pending approval from the House of Representatives, allows the government to extend the state budget deficit beyond the legal cap of 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and allocate the spending for programs related to COVID-19 without the approval of the House.The spending will be declared as costs to save the country from the pandemic, and any officials executing the related policies “in good faith and according to the law” cannot be subject to criminal or civil charges.Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Arteria Dahlan said the Perppu infringed on the House’s right to deliberate the state budget.“The [Perppu] is to guarantee people’s welfare. But isn’t it trespassing constitutional rules [by granting sole authority over the budget] to the government?” he said on Wednesday during a hearing on coronavirus budget monitoring.Arteria said the emergency response to the pandemic should not sacrifice government oversight.Facing the unprecedented crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the government has imposed extraordinary measures to curb transmission. Aside from applying social and travel restrictions, the government has budgeted Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion) for COVID-19 relief measures, Rp 150 trillion of which will be allocated to economic recovery while another Rp 110 trillion will fund social aid. About Rp 75 trillion will go to health care.If the Perppu is passed by mid-year, the government will not have to propose an amendment to the 2020 state budget to the House to make the large amount of COVID-19 funding available before the end of this year.  Lawmakers and antigraft activists have questioned the large allocation for economic recovery, as the government has also allocated large budgets for social assistance and support for industries.A group of activists has submitted a judicial review petition to the Constitutional Court, demanding a review of Article 2 of the Perppu, which strengthens the government’s budget spending authority, and Article 27 on government officials’ impunity.Read also: Angered by Perppu on pandemic response, civil groups turn to Constitutional Court Marwan Jafar, a lawmaker from the National Awakening Party (PKB), praised the Perppu for accelerating efforts to combat the virus but also noted that the government should abide by the Constitution, which mandated that amendments of the state budget be passed by the House.“We must not allow a repeat of the BLBI [Bank Indonesia liquidity support] and Bank Century graft scandals that caused great state losses,” he said.The BLBI and Bank Century bailouts are considered among the largest financial scandals in the country’s history, and saw government officials imprisoned after being implicated in embezzlement of budget funds.In the BLBI case, BI provided liquidity support to commercial banks to restore public faith in banks as they suffered massive runs during the 1998 financial crisis, but most of the money was later found to have been embezzled.In a verdict later overturned, former Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) chairman Syafruddin Arysad Tumenggung was sentenced to 13 years for allegedly discharging Sjamsul Nursalim, the owner of Bank Dagang Negara Indonesia (BDNI), from the obligation to repay the government, reportedly causing Rp 4.58 trillion in state losses. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court last year.The bailout of Bank Century (now Bank Mutiara) in 2008 turned into a political scandal with lawmakers questioning the ballooning cost of bailing out the bank, which amounted to Rp 6.76 trillion.The House launched a legislative inquiry into the case in 2010 that almost led to former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono being impeached. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who held the same position at that time, was forced to leave her post.In July 2014, the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced former BI deputy governor Budi Mulya, the first suspect in the case investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), to 10 years in prison. The investigation, however, has since moved at a snail’s pace.Read also: Bail-in, not bailout banks KPK chief Firli Bahuri said the antigraft agency monitored the disbursement of COVID-19 funds by the central government and local administrations regardless of the Perppu. He warned officials that, under the Corruption Law, people convicted of graft during a natural disaster could receive a maximum penalty of death.“We will conduct firm law enforcement,” he said during Wednesday’s hearing at the House.Despite numerous natural disasters and public emergencies since 1999, the death penalty has not yet been handed down to a person convicted of such a crime.    The finance minister’s special staff member Yustinus Prastowo said extending the budget deficit was the only way the government could fund the extraordinary policies taken during the pandemic. He dismissed concerns that the government would “go astray” with the budget deficit, as it would have to pay for it in the coming years.  “The government will not commit suicide with the state budget. It will still report to the audit agencies,” Yustinus said.Topics :last_img read more

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New British Steel scheme ‘passes size and funding tests’

first_imgThe new British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) is on course to launch at the end of this month, according to an update from the trustee board.In a statement today the trustees said the minimum size criteria – one of the main conditions for its restructuring to proceed – had been “comfortably exceeded”.The scheme’s actuary has conducted an assessment of the proposed structure of the new BSPS and declared the funding level test had also been “comfortably met”, as of 31 January 2018.The trustees are now awaiting approval from the Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the restructure to go ahead. If successful, the new scheme will open on 28 March. Tata Steel plant in Workington, UK The restructuring relates to the “regulated apportionment arrangement” finalised last year by the BSPS trustees and the sponsoring employer, Tata Steel UK.This involved each of the scheme’s 122,000 members being given the choice of transferring to the new scheme, which provides lower indexation, or the PPF, which caps benefits for those who have yet to retire.Following an extensive communications exercise an estimated 83,000 members opted to move to the new scheme. Allan Johnston, chair of the new BSPS trustee board, said: “The minimum size and initial funding tests have now been met paving the way for the New British Steel Pension Scheme to go ahead on 28 March as planned.“This is very good news for the 83,000 members who wanted to receive their benefits from the new scheme and chose to switch to it. The trustee expects to write to members in early April to welcome them to their new pension scheme.”Last year the trustee board said those joining the new scheme were estimated to represent 80% of assets and liabilities, meaning the new scheme would be roughly £11bn (€12.4bn) in size and the PPF would take on approximately £3bn.last_img read more

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UK government loses Supreme Court case on LGPS ethical investing

first_imgSource: UK Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court in LondonThe PSC applied for judicial review of the measures, and in 2017 the high court upheld the claim, ruling that the challenged part of the guidance was unlawful.However, this was overturned by the Court of Appeal, which concluded that the secretary of state was acting within his legal remit.The PSC, together with an individual member of a LGPS fund, then appealed to the Supreme Court.‘Misconceptions’In his ruling, Lord Wilson said the secretary of state’s inclusion of the provisions “went beyond his powers”.Lord Wilson said: “In my view there has been a misconception on the part of the secretary of state which probably emboldened him to exceed his powers in issuing guidance which included the two passages under challenge.“The misconception relates both to the functions of scheme administrators in relation to investment decisions and, linked to their functions, to the identity of those to whom the funds should properly be regarded as belonging.”He said that administrators of LGPS funds consider themselves to be quasi-trustees who should act in the best interests of their members.He observed: “The view that the administrators are part of the machinery of the state, and are discharging conventional local government functions, fails to recognise that crucial dimension of their role. It is equally misleading to claim that pension contributions to the scheme are ultimately funded by the taxpayer.”And he asserted: “HOW does not include WHAT. Power to direct HOW administrators should approach the making of investment decisions by reference to non-financial considerations does not include power to direct (in this case for entirely extraneous reasons) WHAT investments they should not make.”The five judges were split over the ruling, with three supporting the PSC’s appeal, and two supporting the earlier Court of Appeal ruling.“The LGA welcomes the clarification provided by this judgement.”- Local Government Association spokespersonA spokesperson for the Local Government Association (LGA), which provides most representatives of the LGPS advisory board, told IPE: “The LGA has always supported the position that investment decisions are and should continue to be a matter for the relevant LGPS authority, and welcomes the clarification provided by this judgement.”A spokesperson for the ministry of housing, communities and local government said: “We are committed to ensuring public bodies take a consistent approach to investments and to stop local boycotts. We will therefore bring back new legislation that addresses the technical points raised by the Supreme Court.” The UK government has lost a Supreme Court case in a ruling that overturns legal restrictions on local authority pension funds’ ability to divest from companies on ethical grounds.Fund assets in the local government pension scheme (LGPS) were worth £287bn (€325bn) in March 2019.The case was brought by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), an organisation that promotes so-called BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaigns, including divestment from companies with links to Israeli settlements in contested territories in the Middle East, and from the UK defence industry.The case revolved around guidance on investment strategy for LGPS funds published in September 2016 by the then secretary of state for communities and local government. The guidance included a provision that those administering the pension scheme “should not pursue policies that are contrary to UK foreign policy or UK defence policy”.It also said: “Using pension policies to pursue boycotts, divestment and sanctions against foreign nations and UK defence industries are inappropriate, other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the government.”last_img read more

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Seller farewells ‘last piece of real estate in Australia’

first_imgThis house at 55 Enoggera Tce, Red Hill has sold at auction for $1.125m.AFTER 14 days in self-isolation, Sydney woman Melinda Hayton can finally call Queensland home after securing the sale of an inner-city cottage at auction for $1.125 million.“I had a lot of time to do research,” Ms Hayton said of her time in COVID-19 lockdown last month.“I would have liked to have bought something from Sydney sight unseen but my son who lives up here said it wasn’t a good idea.” ‘Simple and gracious’ was how selling agents described 55 Enoggera Tce, Red Hill.She wasn’t the only bidder whose journey to 55 Enoggera Tce, Red Hill had been impacted by Queensland’s strict domestic border controls which will be eased from Friday.“I’m bidding on behalf of my best man,” Raju Gottumukkala said.“He’s living in Sydney. He couldn’t come up. We’ve been friends for 30 years. Initially it was going to be an investment but then he was going to move up.”Ms Hayton first saw the property two weeks ago. She was the first to register for Saturday’s auction and placed the opening bid of $895,000. The crowd watches as the auction begins.At $1.06 million with Ms Hayton in front, the auction was paused during which time an increased bid to $1.1 million was negotiated and Ray White auctioneer Phil Parker resumed the auction and announced the property was on the market. Ray White auctioneer Phil Parker announces the property is on the market.Ms Hayton and Mr Gottumukkala — with his best man on the phone — battled it out for a further eight bids until at $1.125 million Mr Gottumukkala indicated he was out.The sale of the three-bedroom house on the corner of Enoggera and Arthur tces was the end of a journey for an emotional seller who had bought the property with her husband in 2006 and had it renovated, before her husband passed away and she returned to Fiji. The extension to the house includes a large rear deck.“This is the close of a chapter, her last piece of real estate in Australia and her goodbye to her husband,” Ray White Ashgrove selling agent Tamara Lee said.With Australia’s international border closed, the seller, who did not wish to be named, couldn’t return to Australia for the auction but she listened to the sale on the phone.“I could only go by what the auctioneer said, it was 19 degrees, there were lots of people and people still coming in through the front door,” she said from the Fijian capital of Suva where it was a balmy 28-degree winter’s day. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoRay White Ashgrove selling agent Tamara Lee chats to bidders during the auction.“I really loved that house. I have a lot of memories there. It’s just sad to let it go.“We moved to Fiji to do another renovation project, to renovate an acre block with a house and nine units right in the city. So I renovated that and did all the rentals and unfortunately lost my husband in the process when we were ready to return to Brisbane.” The property had been rented out in recent years.There were eight registered bidders in a crowd of 60 who gathered in the new extension to the original Red Hill cottage which included the kitchen, dining and lounge area, and the back deck overlooking Mt Coot-tha. Views from the back deck.The auction was one of more than 30 to take place across Brisbane on Saturday.In other auction results, McGrath Bulimba-Balmoral sold a two-bedroom Queenslander at 61 Donald St, Camp Hill for $905,000 which was more than $50,000 above pre-auction offers. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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Manunda Queenslander untouched since ’40s

first_imgMultiple living and development opportunities exist for the buyer of the three-bedroom house at 3 MacNamara St, Manunda.MULTIPLE living and development opportunities exist for the buyer of this untouched, original Queenslander set in the heart of Cairns.Sitting on a large 911sq m block is 3 MacNamara St, Manunda – a three-bedroom house which has retained much of its original character and charm from when it was built in the late 1940s. The well constructed and immaculately maintained home has only seen one family grow up at the address and has now entered the market for the first time in its history – going under the hammer on September 19 with Cairns Property Office’s Kerry Ah Chin. Multiple living and development opportunities exist for the buyer of the three-bedroom house at 3 MacNamara St, Manunda.“The biggest highlight is that it still has all its original features from the 1940s,” she said. “From the impressive high ceilings, to the ornamental corners, the casement windows, which allow in plenty of natural light, and I’m told under the carpet there are lovely timber floors. “There’s just so much original and beautiful detail. Instantly it has a very warm feel.”Like all traditional Queenslanders, the use of timber was not scarce, but Ms Ah Chin said the kitchen featured a special kind. Multiple living and development opportunities exist for the buyer of the three-bedroom house at 3 MacNamara St, Manunda.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Enter from the front porch you’ll feel the warmth as you step inside to a spacious living area through to the unique kitchen with original native Kauri Pine cupboards, dining table and bench seat as well as bench oven and cooktop.” With three large bedrooms the master features built-in cupboards and a dresser, while downstairs there is an additional “sleep-out” alongside the laundry. “This character-filled home is ready to live in now with the perfect palette for renovating down the track,” Ms Ah Chin said. “It would be great for a home business. “It’s zoned medium density residential and because it’s in a great location with plenty of space it could be perfect to build your own dream home from scratch. “Subject to approval, there would even an opportunity to develop units here.”last_img read more

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BREAKING: Sevilla win Europa League after Lukaku blunder

first_imgSevilla have won the 2020 UEFA Europa League, beating Inter Milan 3-2 on Friday night to mark their sixth  title and their fourth in the last seven seasons.In a UEFA Europa League final that will be remembered for the sheer amount of goals, Sevilla won 3-2 after a brace from Luuk De Jong and an insane own-goal from Romelu Lukaku. Sevilla seemed to sit back and let the game finish with Inter trying to bring the game back level. However, they were unable to get the equaliser with Sevilla going on to win their sixth Europa League title, and their fourth within seven years. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And Unique10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThese Popular Hollywood Stars Got Their Start On Soap Operas8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Read Also: Messi move to Man City is complicated but possible – Toure The second-half seemed to quiet down with the action dying down through the first 30 minutes. However, the Spanish team came back fast and played incredibly aggressive, constantly pumping balls into the box for striker De Jong. The Dutch native finally found the end of the crosses, scoring twice within the first 35 minutes of the game.The game continued with it’s end-to-end play with Diego Godin netting Inter’s second goal with a header off a Marcelo Brozovic’s in-direct free-kick only two minutes after De Jong’s second goal.center_img Lukaku easily slotted the penalty to put Inter up 1-0 within five minutes. Loading… The game started off fast with Lukaku being taken down in the Sevilla box by Diego Carlos. This was Carlos’ third penalty given away in as many games in the Europa League. However, on the 74th minute from another set-piece, Carlos tried a bicycle kick, and with Lukaku having the chance to clear the ball out of his area, his notorious first-touch bounced the ball into the back of his own-goal.last_img read more

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Flores unlikely to make final

first_img Press Association The Spanish centre-half, who has formed an excellent defensive partnership with Ashley Williams since arriving from Genoa in the summer, was stretchered off after 34 minutes of the 4-1 win over the Rs. Flores went down after stooping to make a low defensive header, and required prolonged treatment. He was taken straight to hospital where a scan revealed the full extent of the damage, and Swansea’s head physio Kate Rees said: “It’s difficult at the moment to assess how long he will be out because we need the swelling to go down first. But he is very unlikely to make the cup final.” Flores has travelled with the rest of the Swansea squad to their warm-weather training camp in Dubai, where he will begin his rehabilitation. But it is a blow for manager Michael Laudrup with just two weeks before the Wembley meeting with npower League Two Bradford. Kyle Bartley replaced Flores against QPR, while club captain Garry Monk is another defensive option for the Dane. center_img Swansea defender Chico Flores is “very unlikely” to play any part in the Capital One Cup final after rupturing ligaments in his right ankle against QPR.last_img read more

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Replacing Fergie will be tough – Ince

first_imgFormer player Paul Ince described retiring Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as one of a kind and also admitted finding a replacement would not be easy. Press Association He added: “To play under that man was so demanding, his standards were so high. We had our ups and downs, a lot have ups and downs with him.” Ince said Ferguson’s replacement would have a difficult act to follow, and he added: “It’s got to be someone with a massive character. It has got to be someone who can deal with what it takes to be a Manchester United manager. Whoever comes in to replace him is going to have to deal with the Man United legacy.” Ince believes Ferguson staying at the club as a director could be a double edged sword for his successor. “It can have its advantages and disadvantages. Replacing Alex Ferguson is such a massive, massive job. Whoever goes in will need the help of Alex Ferguson,” he said. “Whoever comes in if it doesn’t go well you’ve got Sir Alex Ferguson upstairs and it can put added pressure on you.” Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) chief executive Gordon Taylor said Ferguson would be “the toughest act to follow”, and he told Press Association Sport: “The game of football will be a lot poorer place without him. He has been quite simply the best. He followed in Sir Matt Busby’s footsteps and even surpassed him. He will be also be the toughest act to follow.” Taylor has been PFA chief throughout Ferguson’s time at United and he admitted they had clashed on occasion – but that it was soon forgotten. He added: “I will miss him – he has been a very good friend of the PFA throughout his career. Of course at times it has not always been smooth and we have had a difference of opinion but we always respected each other and we have had a lot more agreements than disagreements.” center_img When Ince joined United from West Ham in 1989, Ferguson made sure his move was not ended because of a problem with his medical. Blackpool manager Ince told Sky Sports News: “He’s done the lot, you will never see anyone of his kind again. I remember the first day that I joined Man Utd. I failed my medical and I thought my move to Man Utd was going to collapse. The way he treated me was like a son and I will never forget that moment.” last_img read more

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Bertrand hopes to stay a Saint

first_img It is such form which makes Bertrand open to making this seventh loan away from Chelsea permanent – an option Koeman last week revealed he is keen to take. “It is one of them things where I’ve got to wait and see, but, for me, there’s no reason why not, to be honest,” the full-back said. “There is a good base to the club, we’re pulling in the right direction. We have fantastic fans, fantastic players, a fantastic manager and the coaching staff. “It has been a good experience for me so far so I don’t see why not. “For me, it is a first in many aspects, especially with the consistency of football I’m getting. “I am pleased with the way it has started but you know there is a lot more work to be done. “As a team we’re only going to get better, individually I am only going to improve.” Ryan Bertrand has already seen enough at Southampton to make him keen to join the club permanently from Chelsea. The 25-year-old was one of a clutch of players parachuted in during a summer of upheaval at St Mary’s, penning a season-long deal with a view to a permanent transfer. The England left-back has slotted in seamlessly and helped Ronald Koeman’s side to confound those predicting a season of strife, with Saints remarkably entering November second in the Barclays Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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