But Fans Don’t Own Football

Fans are the customers of football, not the owners. Which makes this rant against Amazon Prime a little odd:

Players will earn more, clubs will spend more; every part of the football industrial complex will welcome this frothing new income stream. But in reality this money comes, as ever, from those who pay to watch. The entry of BT Sport into this marketplace was similarly trumpeted as a golden moment of choice. In practice it became necessary for football supporters to pay twice, to engage with yet another monthly contract, just to receive essentially the same service.

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Homelessness And Care In The Community

A troubling finding, that some half of the homeless have suffered traumatic brain injury. Perhaps this care in the community idea wasn’t all that sensible after all?

Half of all homeless people may have suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point in their life, according to new research – which experts say could be either a consequence or even the cause of their homelessness.

Traumatic brain injury is sudden damage caused by a blow or jolt to the head, which can be caused by a motor accident, a fall or an assault.

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Polly Toynbee Doesn’t Understand Human Rights

Or at least Polly Toynbee makes a claim about human rights which is at odds with the actualite. She seems to think that the European Union is both the source of and guarantor of human rights legislation in the UK. This is not in fact true and leaving the EU makes no difference to which court rules on hte subject of the rules which such a court decides upon.

Because, you know, humans rights legislation doesn’t stem from the EU:

What is all too possible is a blue wave sweeping all before it to wipe out all that tactical nuancing of each seat.

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Brent North Recall: If Elected, Barry Gardiner To Claim His Constituents Didn’t Know What Sort Of Barry They Were Getting

Good old Barry Gardiner has taken it in the knackers from a furious Welshman on LBC today, on the subject of a second referendum, and he mewled the tired old “No-one knew what they were voting for” line.

Apparently back in June 2016 there was insufficient information on the ballot paper for Barry – he feels that voters simply could not have made an informed judgement from the meagre amount of information therein about what Leave and Remain stood for.…

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Corruption In The Coercive And Voluntary Sectors: Rotten Apples? Or The Tips of Icebergs?

The mainstream media now describes a country that does not exist.

Just as their polls were wrong and they failed to understand why, so they now talk only to others like themselves and believe the whole country feels that way. If mainstream media journalists or politicians ever encounter a normal person who hates their guts, they tell themselves they are a Rotten Apple.

And when they encounter a corrupt civil servant, politician or journalist, they pretend the same.…

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Will Hutton Really Doesn’t Understand Economics, Does He?

This weekend’s Willy Rant was about how America is becoming ever more concentrated in its economy. Monopoly not just thrives but expands and the economic rents from that explain all that ails the colonial cousins.

The problem with this being that there’s not an ounce of truth to it:

Except the latest research demonstrates the reverse is true. Britain is about to make a vast mistake. In the recently published The Great Reversal, leading economist Thomas Philippon of New York University and member of the advisory panel of the New York Federal Reserve, mounts a devastating attack on the conventional wisdom, so perfectly embodied by the witless Boris Johnson.

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Another Outrageous Example Of Britain’s Shameful Homophobia

Isn’t this just appalling? The manner in which we treated Michael Howard. No, not that one, this one:

Howard started the department of war studies at King’s College London and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He advised Denis Healey when he was defence secretary and Margaret Thatcher when she was prime minister. Travelling, lecturing and writing prodigiously, he published more than 20 books and won the respect of politicians, generals and intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic and in the former Soviet Union.

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No More Library Fines Because – Of Course – Social Inequality

There are indeed reasons why library fines might not be the most sensible things to be charging. But that’s different from whether they’re the optimal thing to be doing.

The American librarians, that hotbed of conservative and thus logical thought, have decided that library fines should go because, you know, poor people:

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members
1. adds a statement to the Policy Manual that establishes that “The American Library
Association asserts that imposition of monetary library fines creates a barrier to the
provision of library and information services.”;

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But Of Course Kamala Harris Is Competent To Run The Country

How can anyone doubt that Harris has what it takes to run the entire country?

Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign is in deep trouble. The senator was once seen as one of the most promising contenders for the Democratic nomination. Now she seems stuck in the low single digits. And those who know how her campaign has been run don’t seem exactly surprised. The New York Times talked to “more than 50 current and former campaign staff members and allies” who described in detail how the campaign seems to have made one bad decision after another while failing to manage personnel very effectively.

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It’s Not Companies That Should Pay For Government

A certain snigger here as the nations of the European Union tell the European Commission to stuff it over country by country reporting. All of which seems most sensible as the Trump Administration has dealt with the problem anyway in that last revision of the US tax code.

The complaint used to be that the large US tech companies weren’t paying tax anywhere. Now they do, in the US, so that’s all sorted then, isn’t it?…

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