I’ve stopped making fun of those English immigrants in Spain who live in an old fashioned British time bubble in english pubs with English TV, because in a weird way...
...as a liberal & remainer I’m actually becoming...like them.
- A small thread on a strange phenomenon -
We’re familiar with that immigrant cliche. The, for example, Turk who moves to Germany becomes more & more German and yet retains, cherishes a Turkish idea of himself & the land of his youth even as Turkey becomes modern...& then when returning “home” doesn’t recognize it..
I’ve noticed a strange thing happening with me & Britain.
I’m British. I’m English.
I never even bothered to think about.
But the referendum.
& more importantly the post brexit tragedy following it, didn’t challenge my European identity - it, for the 1st time, confirmed it.
Boris Johnson’s “Scotland policy” hit by UK govt infighting.
Little remarked upon further fallout of the internecine war engulfing Downing St is Johnson’s Union strategy.
In February when the “Union Unit” lost 2 leaders inside 3 weeks: Luke Graham, then Oliver Lewis..
The chaotic “Union Unit” was effectively replaced as a political power by the creation of a special cabinet committee.
However as members were ministers, this invested power in the go-between who was chosen to steer this....who was none other than...
The premier league is a big money earner for the UK.
Huge TV money comes to UK and filters into local economy - not via profits as most clubs don’t make any - but via players, staff spending their salaries locally.
A franchise model would allow clubs to move elsewhere.
What many fail to realise:
Most Premier league clubs never make a profit so the money they earn is “sticky” - it leaks out to players, staff, agents etc most of whom are resident in UK.
So for UK economy having foreign owners of non profitable clubs has been a huge benefit.
But in a franchise system foreign owner could have huge incentive to take their clubs where the money is...rather than being the money to where the club happened to be when they bought them.
The debate on Scottish independence focuses (logically & obviously) on the immediate cost to Scotland or the psychological blow it delivers to the idea of the UK.
But there’s another way of looking at it.
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It’s 2022 and 🏴 has voted for independence what’s the immediate aim of 🏴🏴 & 🇪🇺?
If you think about it all 3 - even if for differing reasons - would have an interest in as little economic dislocation as possible.
🏴 Clearly wouldn’t want to start in Indy with chaos
🇪🇺 Wouldn’t want to look like it was causing problems for a proEU potential member
🇬🇧 Motivation is more complex but rationally 🇬🇧 facing slow loss of NI & now 🏴 wouldn’t want to see its internal mkt shrinking even further