Thursday, May 19, 2005

More reasons to avoid mob rule

Now that West Ham are through to the Championship play-off finals, the whole country should rally to their cause - if only to confound the Hammers fans who've spent the whole season phoning up The Man the BBC Should Sack on his 606 show, moaning that they had 'sold the spine of the England team.'

If WHU had hung on to Lampard, Jinky JC or Rio F, they would have been relegated and would have made their own pretty girls cry at the end of this season (assuming they hadn't bankrupted themselves first). Instead, they sold them, got rid of expensive long-term contracts, and have built a sustainable platform that may allow them to hang in there if they do get promoted.

Regular visitors to this blog will know that I only posted this item to make a tedious political point. As Albert Camus said, "All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football" (quote nicked from the Philosophy Football 'Camus' goalkeeper shirt).

Representative democracy is a good thing and direct democracy is bad. I know West Ham aren't technically a democratic state (yet), but I think they provide a useful parable.

And I know that you - dear reader - know all about how bad direct democracy is, but I never cease to be amazed by the number of people who believe that democracy is failing because they believe that DD is 'real democracy.'

1 comment:

Bob Piper said...

Well... nice to see there might be another team in claret n' blue.