If love will tear us apart, does that mean hate can bring us together?

I’ve felt like Darth Sidious at times these past couple of seasons. “Good, good, let the hate flow through you!” I think, as one by one, fellow mags have lost patience with Pardew, Ashley and the club in general. “Use your aggressive feelings!” Of course, we all know who the real evil emperor is. (Sheev Palpatine! Who hasn’t seen Star Wars?)

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It’s easy to feel helpless these days, and to use this feeling to justify doing nothing. Whether it’s losing interest in the football club you once loved, or coming to the conclusion that you wield very little to no political power, apathy is dangerous. Which is why I have been so pleased to see so many angry people. Anger is a motivator. People who are angry tend to get off their arses and take action.

Of course, as John Carver proved last Saturday, you must not allow your anger to get the best of you. Anger leads to moronic statements in post-match interviews, after all.

It’s fair to say that people in our part of the world are angry at the moment. We’ve been screwed over by the government for the past 5 years, suffering an eye watering sustained period of unemployment of 1 in 10 .

We’ve also been screwed over by the owner of our beloved football club, suffering an eye watering run of form that has seen us win just 1 in 10.

There are actually quite a few parallels to be drawn between Cameron and Ashley. Both insist that we must live within our means. Both advocate austerity over investment. Both are exceedingly rich. Both have faces I would never tire of punching (Oops, there’s that anger again!). Many people have asserted that “there’s nothing we can do” – bollocks. Both Cameron and Ashley are terrified of people power and they’ll both use propaganda to spread apathy.

Mike Ashley is terrified of protest and disquiet. That’s why he hired goons to confiscate ‘Sack Pardew’ posters at the Hull game earlier this season, why he brought in Keith Bishop as minister of propaganda, and why he’s had Colo put his name to a letter he didn’t write. Ashley can’t stand against the might of a United and motivated Toon Army, so he seeks to spread apathy and divide us. It’s not working.

David Cameron relies heavily on right wing publications such as the s*n to spread spurious claims about his political opponents. Which might explain why so many people see Ed Miliband as ‘weak’. Cameron can’t afford for too many people to see past this propaganda.

Once you realise that we’ve endured the slowest recovery from a recession ever, and that the Tories have borrowed a quarter of a trillion more than they said they would whilst helping their cronies become even richer, it’s rather difficult to justify voting Tory.

What we have now is an opportunity. Opportunity for real change. A chance to make things fairer. Chelsea winning the league and the top 4 being all but tied up means the cameras will be focused on our remaining games. We can use that to our advantage.

The inevitable hung parliament that our general election will deliver is going to crumble. We can use that to our advantage. Because the power is with the masses.

Some day we might even have a system where everyone gets a say and we invest in the future, not just the next 5 years, but it isn’t going to happen without a struggle.

So let’s go out and take action. Not just by voting, or by holding up some banners at the next couple of homes games, but by becoming active. And by using our anger constructively.

Viva la revolution!


  • Andgeo

    Quite a few similarities between carver and red ed miliband too!!! DISASTER!!!!

  • Marklp

    well now that the mag is a labour blog, I’m off.

  • Setterman

    Fool me once, shame on you. 
    Fool me twice, shame on me.

    You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop and what you reinforce.

    What to do? I don’t get mad.    I dissappear.

  • Bettyswallocks22

    Why would we vote Cameron out? He’s only halfway through clearing up the mess made by labour.
    Ashley out Yes. But keep that Milliband away from our economy!!

  • Alexh1984

    Vote milliband and we won’t need to worry about organising boycotts, we’ll all just be to skint to go anyway. Stick to the football.

  • LeazesEnder

    Alexh1984 Don’t worry Alex you’ll still be able buy all your clothes in Spo*ts Dir**t……

  • MilitantGeordie

    Bettyswallocks22 Yeah because Labour caused the global economic crash and not the banks aye? Stupid old Labour having to bail out the banks with the publics money!  But at least the Conservatives are halfway through fixing the mess.. by borrowing more in 5 years than Labour did in 13, doubling the national debt and killing sick and disabled people with bedroom tax and ruthless sanctions!

  • Nick Steenberg

    Stick to the football , lads

  • A lex

    It’s obvious that Ashley and UKIP are in bed together – both don’t want anything to do with Europe.

  • dav_art

    Stick to the football please

  • AnotherGeordie

    Here was me thinking this was a football site focussing on the Toon; didn’t realise it was a forum for spouting ill considered political none sense

  • LeazesEnder

    AnotherGeordie Nonsense!

  • Peaco

    Ridiculous article Michael, thoroughly offensive, Ill informed and frankly lazy journalism. This site should be about football. If you want to rant about the politics of envy then get yourself to speakers corner. If you do, I suggest you get your facts right first though as you won’t be able to hide behind your keyboard down there .

  • LeazesEnder

    Peaco You started it…. you were on about structural engineering a while back!

  • Peaco

    Yes, you’re absolutely right. Providing a professional opinion on the structural viability of extending SJP has nothing to do with football and everything to do with politics. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • LeazesEnder

    Peaco Politics is part of it…. just as structural engineering is!

  • Tony79

    Peaco Football is political. If you think Mike Ashley;s ownership f our club exists in a vacuum you are deluded.

    Sports direct – a company that runs slave like conditions in its factories – had its share price go through the roof this morning on the back of a Tory victory. This is what it means.

    It also means fan ownership off the table, fan involvement off the table, shoddy money grabbing businessmen rule the day, that includes Mike Ashley.  You think politics doesn;t matter?  Have w word mate

  • Peaco

    I think you will find that the removal of uncertainty regarding a hung parliament has probably meant many share prices (not just SD) have gone up, house prices too probably. Damn those Tory scum, it’s all their fault that companies are worth more and contributing more money through taxes, funding pensions etc. It’s also all their fault that we’re in danger of relegation. Come to think of it, it’s their fault for everything. I know- let’s blame them for everything ever.
    I would grateful if you don’t reply to this – I’m here to talk about the club I support, not get into political debates with the likes of you. At no point did I say politics didn’t matter, it’s just that some of us like a break from having it shoved down our throats and just want to talk football. Cheers…..”mate”.

  • Alexh1984

    Well my wages haven’t flatlined tony and I hate to break your bubble but wages are rising. I run my own business and in the last few years we have doubled in growth and now employ 5 people on well above minimum wage.
    Labours policies would of destroyed small business. Thank god he didn’t get in.

  • Alexh1984

    No not at all, just a person who wants to work for my money rather than pay for others to sit on there arses spending it.

  • Toon Magpie

    Dark matter that’s part of it too. Ashley has a lot of dark matter.

  • Toon Magpie

    I voted Conservatives. Can you leave your politics out of football ffs. Voting David Cameron or Wallace has nothing to do with the football club and don’t get me started about Farage.

  • Toon Magpie

    Alexh1984 here here. Conservative here too.

  • Toon Magpie

    Remember that note? There is no money left that Ed Balls wrote? Now he is gone. People aren’t stupid Geordie

  • Tony79

    Alexh1984 facts suggest you are wrong about that mate.  But never ket facts get in the way of self interest and greed