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The usual justifications for state interference in the private sector don’t apply in this unusual sector.
A better funding balance between the Premier League and the rest would throw a lifeline to dozens of cherished local clubs.
Among them are: what does he do about economic policy? Who runs Downing Street? And: what about the Home and Foreign Offices?
No-one would have predicted recent events, but a generational opportunity now exists to improve the financial sustainability and governance of the game.
It’s already about more than narrow questions of governance – and should expand to cover the role clubs play in local communities.
Plus: Why as an Ipswich supporter I’m happy to see the end to the European Super League. And: My take on Mercer’s resignation.
The Culture Secretary deserves a gold-plated edition of the Bluffers’ Guide to Politics, and must feel this morning like the proverbial dog with two cocks.
[Editor’s warning: as the author of the famous originals pointed out, “there is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth”.]
This rebellion had little in common with most others, but the names of many who oppose the Government now show a certain predictability.
The real one is widely and correctly dismissed as weak. So we’ve had a go at assembling a stronger team. Here is the result.
An election that saw them returned to say yes to Brexit and boosterism leaves Johnson vulnerable to events and reality.
With more people at home and severely restricted, the pandemic has exacerbated regulatory concerns about betting and gaming.
The Spartans played a major role in sinking May’s Brexit deal and floating Johnson’s. Baker has thus been a force to be reckoned with.
We risk losing our manifesto commitment, enabled by Brexit, to end live animal exports for fattening and slaughter, as well as important measures to end puppy and kitten smuggling.