Success isn’t bought
[Re: Do we need rules to stop football teams from buying success, Tuesday]
Success can’t be bought, success can only be achieved through diligence and proper planning. Money in football only gives competitive advantage, it does not by itself lead to a favourable outcome. A financial fair play rule would not offer a level playing field, but automatically hand glory to already good teams. By what standard is a team like Swansea expected to compete with the likes of Arsenal or Manchester United if clubs are to “live within their means”? Football, like any investment, involves taking risk. Investors should be allowed to determine clubs’ worthiness themselves.
Think don’t feel
[Re: Why personal choice in smoking or sex is the only measure that matters, yesterday]
The analogy between Saudi repression and that of smokers is fantastic. It is interesting that health zealots always fail to see themselves as akin to any other suppressive group or government, that they are somehow different because of their “morality.” They are blinded by their causes and beliefs and will go to any lengths to enforce their will on those who do not need to be protected. For them it is OK to distort the facts or fabricate them if it furthers the agenda. Beware those who seek to protect us, because it is a ruse to make people feel rather than think. Ultimately it is designed to control the public rather than to protect.
Greek default within the Eurozone is most likely. Wholesale break-up is second most likely. Current policies are doomed.
The game between Hollande and Merkel on growth versus austerity has started. Who will blink first? Or will they find a middle ground?
Ken Livingstone’s Madame Tussaud’s waxwork has been removed and placed in the archive. A final indignity.
Mervyn King is uncertain on inflation again. When will he attempt to sort it out?