Wednesday, 29 October 2008
In Bed with Boris
Those that know me well will understand my focus on an issue that puts a negative spotlight on the nation's so-called favourite past-time. I stopped following football once I left school and to the shame of all my football-following friends I often suggest that a bit like wetting the bed this sport should be grown out of.
So, it gives me some delight to put the boot in (excuse the pun) except that I have to side slightly with Mad Boris Johnson to do so.
It appears that Boris is supporting the Fair Pay Network's campaign to urge Premier League clubs to pay a living wage to cleaning and catering staff.
It doesn't surprise me at all the the Clubs in turn feel that paying the minimum wage makes them very generous employers indeed.
There is more about the FPN campaign at:
One of my dislikes of football isn't so much the matter of hyperinflation in player salaries but more so that football fans display little capacity to organise in an industrial sense and channel this to air their grievances.
I understand that their capacity to 'bargain' is limited because of their reduced power due to widening global support and other sources of revenue. Despite this however, I have always thought (and please do tell me if I am wrong) that, opposed to the traditonal worker, a football fan's 'labour' is only required for a few short hours one day a week and for only one period of the year.
Given my lack of football knowledge my philosophical position on the manipulation of the game so it becomes a global commodity may be wrong.
However, my basic question is this. How can football fans, if at all, ally themselves to a campaign like that of FPN? And, is it likely that, regardless of any fan-led campaign, the leading clubs will ignore their position?
As usual I welcome feedback. I also expect my limited knowledge of the game to increase as those activists who are football fans rush to inform me that I am wrong.