By Tony Attwood
“If we are victorious in one more battle … we shall be utterly ruined.”
I know that I won’t change anyone’s mind over the EU – the debate that we had before the referendum was (for me, and this is a personal point of view) just about the lowest level of debate I have experienced since trying to discuss the merits of Bob Dylan with a bunch of 13 year olds in Willesden.
But if you happen to share with me the view (that I have expressed elsewhere on Untold) that leaving the EU will harm Arsenal and the Premier League but give more power to the FA (whom, as you may know I find a truly awful, awful organisation), you might care to sign the petition below.
The FA has already made it clear that they want to impose further restrictions (beyond the “25” rule) about the number of non-UK players that can be used, and so the home-grown rule will quickly become a dominant factor. Indeed with the FA now in charge of agreements as to which “foreigners” can play in the League, we will soon be heading back to a league that looks rather like it did before Mr Wenger came along and brought the likes of Thierry Henry and Robert Pires along.
Besides, although many people (52% of the electorate who voted presumably) don’t feel that leaving the EU will have negative effects on the economy, there are a lot of us who do feel that the evidence is 100% showing that the UK economy will quickly go into reverse, house prices will collapse (good for those who previously couldn’t buy a house, but a disaster for the house building industry), investment will drop, unemployment will rise.
I’m not trying to recreate the argument at all. I am just saying that if you feel the same way as I do about this, there is one little something you can do.
Now I know it is easy to say that protesting about anything “won’t do any good”, but then doing nothing rarely does any good either, and sometimes, just sometimes, action does work.
One could argue that running Untold doesn’t do any good – we haven’t changed anything much in the Premier League despite all our campaigning – and yet I would argue that we have shown all of us who have the sort of views that Untold extols that we are not alone (although sometimes it can feel like that). We have also brought some more rigorous debate to the issue of Arsenal, football, and the decline of the mass media vis a vis football. And there has been some movement of opinion on areas we have highlighted.
So if you are worried (or even appalled) by the outcome of the referendum, and you live in the United Kingdom, please do consider spending just 20 seconds to fill in this form linked below. Then go to your email in box, and then click on the link – that will register your vote.
Of course Parliament won’t say, “oh look we’ve got 1 million people signing this referendum” and then do what is suggested. But I see this as a first step.
Those wishing for an exit have nothing at all to worry about. They won the election, and they believe only good can come out of their victory. So fine – no need to debate that. But for the minority of the electorate who voted to stay, this is going to be a time of great worry. The fact that $2,000,000,000 has been wiped off the value of shares around the world so far might seem irrelevant to some, but to anyone who has been saving for a pension, or indeed anything else, it is a total disaster.
The Remain campaign was appallingly badly run, and, since I work in advertising, I did take the time to find out what was going wrong. From what I could gather from people involved, each week the agencies put forwards a new biting campaign, the politicos looked at it, said that it didn’t seem right, and walked away – or worse changed it.
It is what happens in my agency all the time; clients hire us but then think they know more about advertising than we do. But still it is rather horrific to find it happening in something so vital, and I suspect this was a major factor in the defeat of the Remain side.
Anyway, as you may know, I believe the Leave vote will profoundly affect the Premier League for the worse, and I also believe that matters are not over yet regarding Britain and Europe. If you think I’m a total nutter, fair enough, vast numbers of people have already said that on Untold so it won’t be anything new, but if you do live in the UK and you think it is worth doing something, join the million or so of us, that are still trying.
Petition EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum
And even if you don’t want to sign you might enjoy this…