Newcastle City Councillor Calls For Action To Support The Fans
I note that the shambles at Newcastle over the ban on local newspaper interviews, has been widely reported in the national media, and no doubt will be eagerly seized on by those who constantly want to ridicule our great club and wonderful city.
My concern is that not only does this reflect badly on our football club, of which we are all so immensely proud, but it also reflects badly on our city at a time when we are striving to limit the damage of unfair Government policies and job losses that are a real challenge to the morale of everyone.
In the past I have sought to offer a measure of support for Mike Ashley in the face of his fiercest critics but am finding it hard to maintain that stance in the light of his latest eccentricities.
The City Council has largely remained silent on recent issues at the club, apart from some sniping at the naming of a payday loan company as the chief sponsor, but I feel that it is now time for us to make some clear statements about our disappointment at the apparent demise of a sporting institution that is so important to our local economy and our culture.
The recent protest march was a sign of the despair of many supporters but also by its poor attendance was maybe a reflection of the sense of powerless of many to bring about any real change.
We politicians therefore as the elected members of our communities need to be far more active in echoing and supporting these concerns and seeking to bring about the changes that so many desire.
Cllr Rob Higgins
Benwell-Scotswood – Newcastle City Council
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