Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Home (Oh The Irony) Secretary's Football Allegiances

When I lived in Manchester, it was an open secret that the majority of United's fans lived outside the city, often hundreds of miles away. According to this report from the Birmingham Post, it appears that plucky Redditch United have an occasional celebrity supporter who lives opposite the ground, yet whose main residence is some ninety-five miles away. Obviously, MPs have to support (and I do not doubt the sincerity of her support) the football team in their constituency to appear more human to their electors.

As Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice Through The Looking Glass:

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,' it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.'

If only all MPs regarded public service as an honour and a privilege instead of an opportunity for self-enrichment from the public purse they would be entitled to the same respect I have for Philip Hollobone, MP.

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