Louise Taylor On “Democracy”: Disingenuity Through Omission


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. David Howell says:

    I suppose at least the Guardian offers pluralistic views in its sport section. 90% of the other newspapers are filled with nothing much better than Taylor’s drivel, which hasn’t helped anyone except Murdoch et al.

  2. Gary says:

    Taylor’s piece reminded me a little of the FA panel that stated that it wouldn’t be in the wider interests of football for a new Wimbledon to be created if the club moved to Milton Keynes.

    Of course, there are examples of Trusts not working if she’d bothered to look, but given the wealth of examples and the growing feeling in the Premier League that supporters have got too disconnected from their clubs, it’s an extraordinarily poorly researched article.

    I don’t have a problem with criticisms of the Trust model, as it’s not without issues and it never hurts to ask tough questions, with the best intentions, but this misses the point spectacularly.

  3. Micky F says:

    I remember the Guardian as being an intelligent, left-of-centre newspaper. Obviously it’s journalistic standards have fallen a long way in recent years.

  4. Martin says:

    Louise Taylor fails to point out that maybe the “interactive chalkboards” (eh?) were paid for by the rise in season tickets at Manchester City this season, an omission you might attribute to her dreaming of running naked through cornfields with football her hero Gary Cooke within a few lines of writing this drivel. Even if they weren’t then you can hardly hold up that club as a shining light given that the rest of the sickly marketing gimmicks at Eastlands (“Be part of it.” Blue ketchup anyone?) are funded with oil dollars. What she ought to have been asking is ‘how low have football fans stooped if they have put aside any regard for where money comes from so long as it gives them their moment of knicker-wetting on Sky Sports?’. The issue that people like Taylor have with the Trust model is that it will be the adopted model of most football clubs over the next 20-30 years, which means that the people taking charge of football clubs will be the very people who won’t give her the time of day, let alone an all-expenses paid trip to Qatar. She might want to keep a look out for David Conn in the Guardian canteen if she wants some pointers on how really to cover the issue of supporter ownership in football.

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