The Labour Party & Football: The Reaction

It took a couple of days, but we got there in the end. The Labour Party’ proposals on the state of football may have been largely welcomed by supporters, but they were not going to pass uncommented upon by those that still, in spite of everything, claim that the “free market” can save the world in some way. The responses didn’t give us a great deal to feel encouraged about. The Conservative Shadow Sports & Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson seemed caught on the hop by the leak and his response was at best garbled and at worst disingenuous. After 13 years of inactivity by the Government on this issue, this has all the hallmarks of a pre-election gimmick.┬áThere are massive, massive implications for company law and insolvency law. We all know that the Conservatives are instinctively going to be light on legislative measures protect football from itself but, even accounting for this (and considering that the principle of increased supporter involvement in football clubs has all-party support), his response was weak. He didn’t go into any details about what these “massive, massive implications” might be (it is already established that the finer details on these proposals are still very much at the consultation stage – how he can make such a sweeping comment on the basis of limited information about the proposals that we have at this point in...

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