4 thoughts on “The FA should show government the red card”

  1. Posted 27/09/2009 at 10:53 | Permalink

    When I was at school I seem to remember an acronym MYOB — standing for ‘Mind Your Own Business’. Could this be resurrected and aimed at governments, quangos, etc.? Should a write-in campaign be organised? Or what about MYOB stickers to plaster over official announcements?

    How long ago it now seems since Sir Geoffrey Howe, then a newly-appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1979, flabbergasted a television interviewer who asked him what the government was going to do about something or other, by replying: “Nothing: it’s none of our business.” Not words one would ever hear from Gordon Brown!

  2. Posted 27/09/2009 at 10:53 | Permalink

    When I was at school I seem to remember an acronym MYOB — standing for ‘Mind Your Own Business’. Could this be resurrected and aimed at governments, quangos, etc.? Should a write-in campaign be organised? Or what about MYOB stickers to plaster over official announcements?

    How long ago it now seems since Sir Geoffrey Howe, then a newly-appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1979, flabbergasted a television interviewer who asked him what the government was going to do about something or other, by replying: “Nothing: it’s none of our business.” Not words one would ever hear from Gordon Brown!

  3. Posted 28/09/2009 at 13:49 | Permalink

    The government has previous on this – in a recent blog I discussed Andy Burnham’s attempt to lay down the law to the Premier League.

    My namesake, Len Shackleton the Sunderland and England footballer, wrote a famous autobiography with a chapter containing a blank page, headed “the average director’s knowledge of football”. The “average politician’s knowledge of football” (despite poses such as Tony Blair’s pretence of having seen Jackie Milburn play) would encompass many more blank pages.

  4. Posted 28/09/2009 at 13:49 | Permalink

    The government has previous on this – in a recent blog I discussed Andy Burnham’s attempt to lay down the law to the Premier League.

    My namesake, Len Shackleton the Sunderland and England footballer, wrote a famous autobiography with a chapter containing a blank page, headed “the average director’s knowledge of football”. The “average politician’s knowledge of football” (despite poses such as Tony Blair’s pretence of having seen Jackie Milburn play) would encompass many more blank pages.

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