Friday, February 23, 2007

Straw Tries To Out-Hain Hain

First it was the ridiculous call from Peter Hain to make city workers give up two thirds of their bonuses to charity and now it is Jack Straw calling for reduced ticket prices at football matches (here). As the Deputy Leadership contest for the Labour party gets fully underway, it is tugging the Blairite mask from the faces of the major contenders. Populist to the core and natural state interventionists, their response to everything is control and regulate. Has Jack Straw never heard of the free market? Football clubs, as businesses, should be allowed to charge whatever they like. If we then choose to pay those prices then so be it. Why does the government need to be involved? Is football "a basic human right that needs protecting"? Obviously not, so leave it alone.

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