A Little Bit Of Politics

Football supporters are less political these days. When I say that, I don’t mean that we no longer hold opinions on political matters. What I mean is that we are less likely to protest and demonstrate when something we disapprove of is happening. There was a time when every week there seemed to be an orchestrated attempt to oust a chairman or a board of directors, but nowadays, when there’s a powerful case to suggest that we’re treated with more contempt by clubs, the game’s authorities and and the TV companies, fans aren’t that often seen to be doing very much protesting at all. Last Saturday the GMB union held a protest outside St James Park before Newcastle United’s match against Liverpool. Six years ago, the South Shields based firm Via Systems, a circuit board manufacturing company closed down, shedding a couple of hundred jobs in the process. The GMB claim that £2.5m is still owed in redundancy payments by the company’s owner, one Tom Hicks. If his name sounds familiar to you, it’ll be because he’s one of the new co-owners of Liverpool. Strange, isn’t it, how these billionaire owners can lavish millions of pounds on new toys like a football club yet, at the same time, overlook paying redundancy money to people whose lives they’ve ruined by throwing them out of a job? It’s fair to say...

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