It was Wittgenstein who made the wise comment here: That whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must remain silent. Oft translated into the vernacular as if you don’t know what you;re talking about then shut up. This being very useful advice for Julian Knight MP here.
Premier League and Championship clubs are neglecting low income families by charging up to £700 for children to be mascots at games, according to MPs and fans groups.
West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Norwich and Aston Villa all advertise rates up to £500 and beyond for their biggest matches despite complaints from supporters.
Julian Knight, the new chairman of parliament’s powerful Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, is now pressuring elite clubs to slash charges to help deprived families. Being a mascot, he said, is becoming “the preserve of the well off, completely against the working class roots of the game”.
His comments come as Raheem Sterling, the new face of Gillette, appears in an advert highlighting discrimination which features him walking out of a tunnel hand-in-hand with a young mascot. His club, Manchester City, are among seven top tier clubs now offering places for free and Knight says he cannot understand why all teams are not following suit.
You do not understand what other people are doing Mr. Knight. You do not understand how people are making voluntary exchanges of things they value less for things they value more. You are, in fact, ignorant of the subject under discussion.
A period of silence would therefore be welcome.
In the wider meaning here this is why we have society the way we do. Politics and politicians are, rightly, corralled into deciding on some very small subset of life. Being bears of little brain they find that their heads hurt when considering what vast numbers of people decide to do with their time, labour and assets. Therefore we give the politicians no say over the things they are entirely clueless about.
That is, the free and liberal society is where we enforce Wittgenstein at gunpoint.