Football – The Unacceptable Face Of Capitalism?
Yesterday’s comment from SALTIRES EN SEVILLA at 901 am certainly posed a few questions. It also demanded some deep thinking about those posers. Fortunately we are blessed on SENTINEL CELTS with the very people who can put their thoughts into words,and today it is the turn of SFTB to do just that.
The saltires in Sevilla post is a great one and speaks the truth about supporter mentality. It definitely needs to be borne in mind if we genuinely want a change of structure at the club. I would only disagree over the choice of question to be asked at the AGM. I don’t think you can embarrass these people into abandoning a plc model which rewards them so well. But the question lies at the root of why we are so apathetic in challenging the structure.
Most of the dissent is just wasted breath (finger typing) on blogs exhorting others to do something or just boycott and all will be restored back to the Original Paradise. It lacks strategy and aims and is just a back bar revolutionary sloganising.
Celts for Change were influential because they organised and because they did the hard work. But even they would not have succeeded had Fergus and his crew not been poised to provide the funds necessary. This was a win for both social activism and corporate financing. Back then, the directors that lost out were no match for Fergus and his crew but Dermot Desmond and Lindsell Train are much harder targets to bring down.
I still see the Celtic Trust as best placed, both in terms of size, ability and motivation to organise the long term campaign for a change in the plc model. Our own blogger Celtic 1 Member 1 Vote has given a good outline of what could replace the current model but, make no mistake, all moves away from the current ownership will be resisted at all costs. Interim aims may have to be adopted.
Celtic Trust have 3 levels of membership ( I’m not sure why) at £60, £120 and £240 per year. This should attract a hard core of determined Celtic supporters but they may want to consider an associate membership level of £10 per year in order to enlarge the number of people who back their stance but do not want to be active in membership or turn up for events.
Either way, it will be a long haul event with no sure outcome. It will be really hard to overcome the plc structure. Genuinely fan owned clubs tend to be those rescued from threatened demise at the bottom of the pyramid leagues. The energy behind the efforts to save their club is not always sustainable and they often look to have their club sold to an owner again after a few years. The German and Spanish models seem to give a semblance of democracy but Spain relies heavily on charismatic wealthy individuals who get voted in to run the club with a knock on effect that they will promise more bling than the last guy; that’s not a sustainable position either. And the German clubs with supposed fan ownership have encountered a few tax problems and auditing issues along the way too.
I have little enough brain to propose the solution but I have enough to know that it will require blood, sweat and tears. Not just an occasional rant on a football blog, no matter how cathartic we find it.
And there is a potential cost. The top tier of football is a Capitalists-only playground. Unless the rest of the world changes our choice may be between keeping Celtic as a World-wide relevant club, via capitalist financing, in order to attract future generations, or seeking a more ideologically pure model which is content to operate outwith that sphere and make up the numbers at grass roots level.
Without a genuine world revolution, I cannot see a way to square the circle between relevance and purity.
Above article by SFTB. Thanks for that,mate!