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'Fans 1 Greed 0 in football's European Super League row – enjoy this victory'



Just for once, people power beat the people in power.

That’s what killed off the European Super League planned by greedy football bosses.

Not the Government, and certainly not Boris Johnson, despite his opportunist leap on the protest bandwagon.

Big money was humbled by a spontaneous tsunami of disbelief and anger among millions of fans.

And not just them, but people like me who don’t go to matches yet still understand the importance of football in our national life. There is a lesson here.

The high and mighty have to listen, and take heed, of voices from below – if they think their position of power is threatened.

Ted Heath did a U-turn to save Rolls-Royce and shipbuilding on the Clyde. Thatcher’s Tories had to retreat from the poll tax.

Johnson belatedly, and with ill-grace, finally conceded free school meals during the summer after a campaign led by soccer star Marcus Rashford.

Of course, there is no guarantee of success if you have a go, only a guarantee of failure if you don’t. And public support doesn’t always deliver.

Junior hospital doctors fighting the imposition of harsh new contracts were crushed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who now poses as saviour of the NHS.

And most poignant of all, the miners’ years-long strike in the mid-eighties could not halt the wholesale destruction of their industry, their union, their jobs and their communities.

Theirs were popular causes, but the powerful felt strong enough to override public support and inflict their will.

Not this time. The bankers, the megarich owners and the cash-bloated agents all got a bloody nose.

It has been a very satisfying week for me and, I hope, you. If only it could happen more often.

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Farmer Boys fast food chain in America (where else?) is offering free burgers for a year if you tattoo their brand name.

Presumably it must be in a prominent position where people can see it, not the buttocks, which might, er, diminish the message.

I have a small tattoo of a rose, meant to be the Yorkshire emblem, on my left arm. It hasn’t sold many roses, or my county, for that matter.

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Hilarious!! Council bosses at Harrogate’s historic Turkish baths have ditched plans for compulsory mixed bathing.

Nine out of 10 locals said people would stop visiting the 124-year-old amenity if they were forced to share mixed-sex sessions.

There will now be an equal number of single-sex sessions, but with a ban on nudity.

Swimwear will be compulsory “to promote inclusivity”.

Talk about getting your cozzies in a twist. As if snooty Harrogate would know the difference between inclusivity and nativity.

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Driving tests resumed yesterday after a three-month shutdown, with a huge backlog of learners.

Do we really need almost half a million new drivers on the roads this summer? I don’t think so.

Two thousand children turn 17 every day, and they all want to get behind the wheel. Half of them pass the test first time, and one in five will crash within a year.

Driving schools claim learning to drive is a necessary “rite of passage” to adulthood.

Not if you don’t make it, it isn’t. More than 1,500 young people are killed or seriously injured on UK roads every year, a needless carnage.





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