Anybody who believes that there is no connection between how Mike Ashley treats Newcastle fans and how he treats his staff, is sadly mistaken.

The fact that over 90% of Ashley’s staff are on zero hours contracts is bad enough, never mind what happened to the staff at USC.

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct bought a majority stake in USC and its 90 stores in 2011.

Last month (January) USC went into administration leading to the loss of 200 jobs in Scotland and the closure of 28 stores, only for Mike Ashley’s Republic clothing chain to buy USC out of administration almost immediately.

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Now however, the Newcastle United owner is being called to account by the Scottish Affairs Committee and has being warned as to the repercussions if he fails to appear in front of them.

The Scottish Affairs Charman Ian Davidson MP released this statement:

“The Scottish affairs committee is investigating how employees in small businesses are treated when big bosses decide to shut down a company or sites.

“Following our inquiry into the closure of City Link, we are now inviting USC and Sports Direct management, and Mike Ashley as the directing influence of this group, to meet with the committee.”

Ashley the guiding influence:

“Mike Ashley is clearly the guiding influence behind the group and we want to have him there.”

“We have had people in the past who didn’t have enthusiasm for coming in front of the committee and eventually they understood that the reputational damage from not coming along was much greater than not coming. Eventually he will realise that he is not bigger than parliament.”

The politicians only have five more weeks before parliament’s dissolved for the general election in May.

The committee says it will meet shortly to consider what to do next if Ashley doesn’t respond or refused to go to Westminster.

It is a pity that politicians aren’t calling Mike Ashley to account for what he has done to both Newcastle United and the City of Newcastle.

In a region so badly affected by the economy, having a football club to be proud of and be a flagship for the region has never been more important.


  • Toonarden

    It really is time someone in extremely high authority starts to go through Mike Ashley’s business dealings and affairs in great detail. And that’s before they even start on the moral aspects of the guy.
    His arrogance is beyond belief.

  • gazchampion

    I wonder what the consequences are if the FatBoy doesn’t turn up to be grilled by the Scottish Affairs Committee? 
    He had better turn up & I hope he has THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE time of his life! 

    It had better be on BBC Parliament channel… ‘cos it’ll be the best reality show on TV!

  • Greggy164

    @gazcham I asked the same question yesterday when I heard. What can they do if he doesnt attend?

  • Denbr

    Putting it simply the Houses of Parliament are the highest courts in the land and failure to attend if summoned can be considered as contempt of court and may result in imprisonment. This almost never happens as the reputational damage caused by failure to attend has always been sufficient to ensure attendance. Latest case in point was Tony Blairs reluctant appearance before the Foreign affairs committee to answer questions about Iraq.

  • gazchampion

    Greggy164 he’d better attend otherwise he’ll be off to the Bloody Tower!. Good reply from Denbr (below) who puts it simply…

  • Shotley Mag

    Do you think he has a high squeaky voice? I hope he does.

  • Greggy164

    Denbr  Thanks for the answer. I didnt know they had that sort of power. I always thought it had to be a judge to issue arrest warrants. It still doesnt mean that Ashley will attend though.

    I was caught speeding last year and given a Fixed Penalty Notice- 3 points and £100 fine. 28 days to pay. I pied it. I got letter from PF giving me another 28 days to pay or they take it as not guilty plea. Pied it. Then got citation to attend court November 2014. Pied it. I had cops at my door a couple of times but never answered it. Will they have a warrant for my arrest?

  • Greggy164

    Shotley Mag  Do you think he will wear a scarf? Newcastle or Rangers?

  • gazchampion

    Shotley Mag That would be hysterical wouldn’t it! Hang on, that might be the reason why he doesn’t ‘do’ publicity and get’s others to do his ‘talking’ …because he has an embarrassingly high squeaky voice! Let’s hope so, heheh!!!

  • toonterrier

    He’ll probably phone in sick and send LLimparss to take his place. Don’t they still have the death penalty in Scotland for acting against and undermining the efforts of the working classes.

  • Toon Magpie

    The truth is those with money will always be bigger than the powers of  Parliament, just look at bankers and expensives and money given away on foreign aid and not spent on NHS, nothing gets investigated because money is involved and if it does it is just a stage show for the public and the accused gets off Scot free.

  • Toon Magpie

    Toonarden Money always tips the scales, he can simple pay his way out.

  • gazchampion

    Toon Magpie Toonarden I wouldn’t be surprised, we know money will do the talking but this is the whole point if must attend and if he doesn’t surely he has broken the Law/ Then what will happen to the fatman?

  • Greggy164

    gazchampion Greggy164  He could do what I did. Pie it.

    Who is to say that he has recieved the letter. Never had to sign for any letter. Documents from the courts, etc should be recorded delivery surely.

  • Greggy164

    toonterrier  We can be backwards at times but you are ripping it wi the death penalty