12 Aug 17 – Allowing Ann Marie Waters to stand for UKIP Leader is another stupid decision

I can’t believe #Ukip are allowing amw to stand for leader. What part of good standing does she meet? Another stupid decision beyond belief.
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21 Jul 17 – Roger Federer ends the GOAT debate with 8th Wimbledon title

ROGER KISSING WIMBLEDON TITLEMany have long time debated who is the goat of tennis? Who is the greatest of all time? Roger Federer has now ended that argument with his fantastic 8th Wimbledon title victory last Sunday.

An 8th Wimbledon title is an amazing achievement in a truly legendary career. Now no one can possibly dispute Federer is the GOAT – Greatest of all time.

19 Grand slam titles – 8 Wimbledon titles, 5 US Opens, 5 Australian Opens and 1 French Open. 6 World titles. 93 Career titles overall. The most weeks at world number one.

The press was wrong to write off Roger and Rafa and indeed they look very stupid now that they both hold all three grand slam titles of the year so far.

Federer is playing so well at the moment I don’t think anyone could have beaten him at Wimbledon. Even if Federer had to of gone through Murray, Djokovic and Nadal to win the title I think he would have done it, he is so confident and playing at such a high level it feels like no obstacle could stop Roger at the moment.

Federer has played it right he had 6 months after his injury last year he has refocused and worked on his game improved the backhand and has brought his level back to its peak. You could make an argument scarily for the rest of the tour that Federer is a better player now than when he was in his pomp in 2003 to 2009.

Roger must carry on take breaks from tennis just like he did before Wimbledon taking the clay court season off was not only sensible but a smart decision that has given him the chance to win Wimbledon again. Roger needs to focus on fewer tournaments to be at his peak for the big events and grand slams.

Roger doesn’t need to chase the number one ranking or play every tournament he’s 35 now not 20. If Roger does play for more years this will be the key to being able to carry on playing his scheduling will be absolutely vital. I would rather see Federer carry on doing fewer tournaments but being at his best for those weeks of the year he needs to be.

Can Federer carry on playing till he is 40? It’s a big question but I think if he paces himself plays 10 to 12 tournaments a year on a more limited basis I think he maybe able too. Plus his style puts little strain and effort on his body so if anyone could do it it would be Roger. For sure I think Roger will play at least another year if the body holds and he is still doing well he may indeed play till he is 40. Another 4 years? Who knows but anything is possible with the greatest ever Roger Federer.

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16 Jul 17 – My comments on Federer’s 11th Wimbledon Final today

I have been a Federer fan for 16 years. I have seen Federer in some great scenarios both live and on TV over the years. I’ve seen him win world titles and grand slams titles. Wimbledon has always been his home. I must admit even I’m amazed by how well Roger is playing.

Federer is in his 11th Wimbledon final today. Today’s final could be a tough match against a powerful ball striker and a very experienced grass court player in Cilic. I’m looking forward to it. Federer in my view is the greatest of all time but if he does win an 8th Wimbledon title and 19th grand slam title today it will probably end any sort of debate on the greatest ever. To be honest we should all enjoy Federer for as long as he continues to play as the day he finishes will be a sad day for tennis.

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3 Jul 17 – Federer is the favourite to win Wimbledon

What an amazing season Roger Federer is having. An 18th Grand Slam title that not even I saw coming in Australia in January then to back that up with the sunshine double of winning the 1000 Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami. Federer is playing some of best attacking, aggressive tennis I have seen for a long time.

Roger made the right decision to skip the clay court season to be in the best possible shape for the grass court season. Now it didn’t start well with a loss to Tommy Hasse in Stuttgart but it was still a close three set match and sometimes matches do simply go away from you. Federer bounced back in great style in Halle to claim an unbelievable 9th Halle title 2 weekends ago. That Halle title was Roger’s 92nd career title and very importantly his 16th Grass court title. Roger is without a doubt the undisputed king of grass with the most titles on the surface.

Before talking about Federer’s chances let’s just take on some of this nonsense about Murray. Murray and the British press are really getting quite ridiculous ahead of Wimbledon. They are both getting their excuses in early. First Murray is injured with a bad hip well if he is he shouldn’t be playing the tournament. Second the reason Murray has failed to defend most of the titles that he won last season is because his wife is pregnant, this complete utter rubbish the fact is Murray has failed as world number one he is a default number one and when he doesn’t defend another title at Wimbledon he will one step closer to losing the number one ranking. When Murray loses at Wimbledon to it will be because he is simply not good enough and not consistent enough. To be world number one you have to be consistent week in and week out and Murray has proved he is simply not up to the task and as I have said before he will not be world number one for much longer.

Now attention turns to the most important tennis tournament of the year Wimbledon. Roger is the favourite to win Wimbledon this year because simply on form he has been almost unstoppable this year he has only lost two matches this season and has picked up 4 titles already. Rogers’s record at Wimbledon is amazing 10 Wimbledon finals and 7 titles and some of those finals are some of the most amazing finals in the history of tennis.

Federer’s draw is tough but I think his form and winning momentum that he has now has given him the extra edge that I think can help him win an 8th Wimbledon title. To win Wimbledon Roger will have to probably beat Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, last year’s finalist Milos Raonic, three-time champion Novak Djokovic just to get to the final and then Murray or Nadal in the final.

I think before the Australian open fellow Federer fans would have thought how can he possibly do this but look at what he did in Australia he beat Berdych, Nishikori in 5 sets, Wawrinka in 5 sets and Nadal in the final in 5 sets. I think Federer is the form player going into Wimbledon and he has the confidence to do this. I think Federer knows with the way he is playing he can and will win an 8th Wimbledon title.

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23 June 17 – UKIP leadership contest statement

I will not be standing as a candidate in the UKIP leadership contest. Following the general election, I am taking a break from politics to consider my future.

When I stood in last year’s leadership contest I said that the party must broaden the message by talking about more than just Europe and immigration and we must change our tone. I warned if the party didn’t do these things it risked becoming irrelevant, following the disastrous results for UKIP in the general election two weeks ago my arguments have been proved right.

Instead of banging on about banning Burkas we need to bang on about the NHS, schools, law and order and the economy.

The party now faces a choice that it can no longer ignore change or die.

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10 Jun 17 – Taking a break from politics

Following the general election I am now going to take some time out of politics to consider my future.

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8 Jun 17 – My comments on the election campaign

Now that the polls have closed I just wanted to say a big thank you to the small number of people who have helped with the campaign. We have had very few resources and little man power. It’s been a long month of 10 hour days every day. We have managed to get 93% of seat canvassed in 4 weeks which I think is an amazing achievement. Myself and the small team have given it our all. Also I want to say thank you to all my friends, family and supporters for all the messages of support too.

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