These articles are published in the Slough Town FC programme. The Rebels play in the Southern Premier - just seven leagues below the Premier League. I’ve been supporting Slough since the beginning of time despite now living in Brighton. After nearly 14 nomadic years we finally have a brand spanking new home in Slough.

Saturday, December 03, 2011


Printed in the Southern League Central Division game v Bedfont on
Saturday 3rd December 2011. We won 2-1 in front of 277 and remain top
of the league.

They are calling the protests the 99% movement. Against the 1% who
continue to award themselves obscene riches while the rest of us get a
gigantic spoonful of economic austerity stuffed down our throats. This
week it was public sector workers who will be 16% worse off by the end
of this parliament. That’s if they’ve still got a job. Still what do
we need teachers, nurses, firefighters, binmen for anyway?

But not everyone is on prescription. In the last year FTSE directors'
pay packages have leapt 49% while Premiership wages continue to rise.
The Blackburn Rovers manager’s wages have jumped from £800,000 to
£1.5m a year. The BBC is ready to cut local news services, while Alan
Hanson gets £40,000 eveytime his dreary arse sits on the Match of the
Dull sofa.

And what about the bare faced cheek of some who tell us – yes, I’m
loaded, but I deserve it. One of their charming cheerleaders told
anyone who didn’t like it to bugger off to Cuba. The head of Thomas
Cook said that jobs in his company would have to go but that it
wouldn’t be right for him to take a pay cut. The Sainsbury boss got £8
million quid last year while admitting that many people see 'something
rotten' at the top of business because there is no relation between
pay and performance!

The High Pay Commission found that today's top bosses are often paid
70, 80 or over 100 times the salary of their average worker, when
three decades ago the ratio stood at 13 to 1. Even the average top
flight footballer ‘only’ earns 34 times the average national wage!

So does all this madness send your head in a spin as you claim not to
understand economics. Well I’m sorry I’m not having it. Us footie fans
can bore each other to death about tactics, get to grips with the
offside rule or work out the mathematical conundrums our team needs
for a play off place or to avoid relegation. When a subject really
grabs our attention, we make a point to understand.

Of course it doesn’t help that those at the top try and pull the wool
over our eyes. If you want to make something hard to understand; well
how about derivatives, algorithmic mechanisms, credit default swaps.
Pass the headache pills. But in reality they are just ways of gambling
and making money out of moving money. Much of it described by the
Chairman of the Financial Services Authority as ‘socially useless’!

Of course their silly names and games wouldn’t matter if they hadn’t
crashed the world’s economy. If half of Britain’s deficit wasn’t
thanks to the fact that we bailed out the banks. So how we going to
pay for this mess? With your pensions, your wages, your employment
rights, your jobs. For working for free dressed up as training. And
how we going to pay for players wages. By rising ticket prices

But I’ve got one simple idea that even Wycombe fans could understand.
Stop massive tax evasion by the rich and powerful. Why? Well,
according to the Tax Justice Network we lose £70 billion annually by
large companies and wealthy individuals not paying their taxes!

So hats off to those that striked on Wednesday, and silent applause to
those Premiership fans that stayed quiet for 10 minutes today to try
and ‘take back the game.’ The politicians and media will scream and
shout about militants wrecking the economy (they’re doing very well
themselves without our help). About trouble-makers spoiling football
matches. But then they are the ones who’ve got the most to lose if
everyone stood together and said enough is enough.

Still, what do I know, I’m just a stupid football fan.


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