The referendum result, and how not to lose.

brexit,leave eu,europeIn the wake of the momentous decision to leave the EU, the last 24 hours has seen the inevitable toy throwing from those who wanted to remain. Forget the democratic process, losing has not been accepted with any grace.

The was inevitable of course, they did pretty much the same after the last general election when they also threw their toys out of their prams, and whilst as a support of leave from day one I was ready for some attacks and I expected them to be heavy with vitriol, what I didn’t expect was for some of them to come from people I know personally.

I am many things. I might be ignorant, I might even be stupid or small minded, but I’m not racist and I’m certainly not a Nazi so if you throw those words at me in any context and no matter how angry you are, you only get to do it once and you do it at your peril. Because if you think I won’t forget and will happily continue working with you, you are wrong. Very wrong.

Away from the personal side of things, the remainers have also been busily complaining that all of us who over 50’s who voted to leave have stolen the future away from the young. A claim so laughable it beggars belief.

Does it not occur to them that having lived through the demise of our country and seen the future we had planned for ourselves and our children stolen away, we actually voted to try and get it back?

Does it not occur to them that having been around for a few years, we might actually have based our decisions on experience?

And do they not see that far from losing anything, the young have been handed a unique opportunity to get actively involved in the rebuilding process and create a booming future for themselves and their country?

But equally, do they not see that their childish reaction to defeat provides a perfect illustration of just why so many people who reside in the place we call middle England have become so angry at what has happened to this country?

Of course not. Because like many on the petulant left which is, I suggest, where most of them sit politically, they refuse to accept defeat, refuse to accept the will of the majority, refuse to accept that they might be wrong but most importantly, they refuse to accept that this country has the potential to lead rather than be led.

I don’t, I never have, and nor do 52% of the people who voted which, in case they hadn’t noticed, is an astonishing show of faith in the democratic process which you seem to despise.

You lost. Get over it, accept it with good grace and move on. Because if you don’t, the only people who will suffer are your bitter, angry selves.

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The future’s bright, the future’s British.

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So there it is, we won.

Thanks to 52% of the population, Britain will now be unshackling itself from the controlling mess that is the European Union.

Inevitably, the doom and gloom merchants have been bemoaning the result claiming that it is a disaster for the country and clinging on to the ‘half the country didn’t vote for this’ line but it is far from that. For as Diane Abbott so brilliantly put it (and that’s a sentence I never thought I would write) ‘what we have seen is a roar of defiance against Westminster’.

After years of being patronised, criticised and even bullied by those we elect to run the country for us, the British people have spoken and we have cried enough. And by doing so, we have sent a clear message to the politicians that we are no longer going to put up with their crap. Instead, we want them to do their jobs and actually govern on OUR behalf as opposed to their own.

As a supporter of the leave campaign from day one, and who has taken plenty of flack for it from certain circles, I would be more than justified in going on a bit of a gloat now, but I won’t. And I won’t for one simple reason; I don’t have to.

This is a great day for my country. This is Independence Day.

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EURO 2016: The clash of cultures behind the hooliganism.

hooligans,ultra,euro2016,russia,englandThus far, despite numerous requests (44 at the last count), I have refused to make much comment on the trouble at EURO 2016. The main reason being that I’ve become as tired of saying ‘I told you so’ as I’m sure people have of hearing me say it.

But equally, it wasn’t exactly difficult to see how it would pan out as it was fairly obvious that as soon as the English came under attack and fought back to defend themselves, the general public, fuelled by the British media, would brand them all as scum until the reality hit at which point they would change their generally ill-informed tune. We would then see the usual drivel being spouted by the press (‘did it ever go away?’ ‘why always us?’ ‘they’re all Brexiters’ etc) and blame apportioned to everyone except those who are actually guilty. Including me. Oh yes, amongst others, The Mail claimed that Russian hooligans have been inspired by my books and of course, Green Street. 

Finally, we would start to see some sensible reporting of the problem including some serious investigation which is of course, exactly what has happened and where we are now. It’s a well worn path and one which someone like me, who has walked it many times, is bored of treading. Hence, it’s better to avoid it and wallow in the knowledge that pretty much everything we wrote in Everywhere We Go back in 1996, was bang on the money and continues to be relevant some 20 years later. A sad indictment of the game.

However, there is one element of the violence in France which has intrigued me enough to want to speak out and it’s one which not many people have picked up on.

For what we are seeing here is not simple hooliganism, what we are seeing is a clash of hooligan cultures. Or to put it another way, English Disease versus Ultra.

I talk about the differences between the two elements in great depth in my book Eurotrashed. The Rise and Rise of Europe’s Football Hooligans but in simple terms, those English/Brits who are not averse to the odd confrontation at games tend to keep confined to match days whilst for the average Ultra, it’s more of a 24/7 thing. As a result, it’s much more organised and much more violent.

That said, Ultra, like hooliganism, is a catch-all term. The groups we ultra,EURO2016,hooligan,Russia,Englandare seeing from Russia are very different from the Ultra who infest Italian football who are in turn, different from the Barras Brava who follow football in Latin America. Indeed, we also have a fledgling Ultra culture emerging in the US although there is little to suggest that violence will ever become ingrained in MLS.

The one constant however, is that these groups look to English football as the home of hooliganism and so when the opportunity comes to confront the historical ‘top boys’ in battle, it will usually be grasped with both hands. What we are seeing with the Russians at EURO 2016 is the most brazen and public example of this although ironically , it may well backfire with many English groups already dismissing the attacks on innocent fans as being little more than cowardly and certainly against the spirit of the culture. 

Quite what the next few days has in store is anyones guess although as I type this, Lille is on high alert with Russia due to play there tomorrow and the city full of fans from many nations including England and Wales who play in Lens on Thursday. There is also the small matter of the Poles, the Germans and the Turks (all of whom have already been involved in trouble which has gone largely unreported) not to mention Ukraine, Slovakia, Sweden, Croatia and of course, the locals who, as we saw in Marseille, are not averse to picking off the odd Englishman.

But whatever unfolds, given the response from UEFA today, the consequences for those nations whose fans get involved in any further trouble are going to be significant.

Let’s just hope that sanctions are all we have to talk about once the dust has settled.

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6 reasons why leaving the EU will be awesome (and they’re not what you think).

brexit,leaveEU,independence,united kingdom,europeI’ve never made any secret of the fact that I support the move to leave the EU and have done from day one.

However, as the inevitable mudslinging and scaremongering has continued, I have been amused to note that a number of significant reasons to endorse the case for Brexit have failed to receive anything other than a passing mention.

So to right that wrong, here we go:

  1. The day after the nation votes to leave the EU, we will inevitably see the beginning of a government cull since many of those cabinet members who supported the drive to keep us under the rule of Brussels will be forced out. Chief amongst these will be the PM, no loss there.                                                                                                            
  2. In addition to the above, as the nation begins to take control of its own affairs and regrow its backbone, the lies being peddled by the remain camp will be exposed for what they are, as will those who peddled them.                                                                                                                     
  3. Given that we will suddenly become responsible for our own affairs, our government will be forced to do the one thing that they are supposed to do, actively govern. As a consequence, many MP’s will be exposed as the inept, lazy, scrounging, self-serving media whores they actually are. The result of the two points above being that at the next election, the dead wood which sits in the House of Commons will hopefully, be gone.                                           
  4. UKIP will cease to exist and all of their MEP’s will be out of work, including Mr Farage. To many, this is a good thing but to me, it is a great thing. Because I suspect that come the next election, many UKIP MEP’s will end up in government and I’d rather the House of Commons be filled with people who are prepared to stand up for their country than anyone who fits my previous points. Therefore, we will finally end up with the government we need as opposed to the one we have ended up with.                                   
  5. Boris. Whatever you think of him, be it good or bad, you cannot deny that he has charisma and nor does he take any crap. I want those qualities in a leader, and that is surely where he is destined.            
  6. Once the dust has settled and we are standing firmly on our own two feet, we will once again be able to reclaim the traditionally British outlook on the rest of Europe. Not to be underestimated.

Brexit. You know it makes sense. So please make sure that you are registered to vote and when the day comes, get out there and vote LEAVE! 

PS: My last blog, The Saga of Carry On Sothcott created quite a buzz so thank you to everyone who responded or shared it.

Rest assured, there is more to come on this story. Much more.

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The saga of ‘Carry On Sothcott’.

sothcott,Carry On,indiefilm,HMRC,tax,top dog,wsktowAs some of you may be aware, Top Dog and We Still Kill The Old Way producer Jonathan Sothcott has been spread across various media outlets lately amid allegations of financial impropriety.

The response from the man who most recently announced that he was going to reboot the Carry On franchise, was, somewhat predictably, to claim that it was all the work of one crazed stalker and that no one was investigating him. Least of all the police or HMRC. Furthermore, there were/are legitimate explanations for each of the nine or so companies he’s had shut down over the last few years.

Thankfully, more by luck than judgement, The Hollywood Reporter picked up on this story, smelt a rat or two and began to dig in search of the truth. The result of their hard work can be found here and it makes for interesting reading. Not least because one of the names mentioned is mine.

I won’t go into all of the reasons why I first got involved as the investigations are still ongoing but what I will say is that it wasn’t for financial gain as I am not actually owed any money. However, I do take offence at being associated with something that ripped people off and in my opinion, that’s exactly what was happening here so I stepped in and tried to do something about it.

As for the Hollywood Reporter article, I’ll leave you to form your own opinions on the content but suffice to say that whilst it answers a lot of questions, it leaves many more unanswered. The primary one for me being why, when much of this was an open secret within the industry, did so many people continue to ignore what he was up to and carry on working with him?

That of course, is a question only they and there conscience can answer. However, whilst the majority are of little interest to me personally, there are a few involved in this sordid episode who should be called to account, if not named and shamed.

They know who they are (and if you’re curious, a quick trawl of his IMDB page will reveal which names frequently pop up) and they are the people who were more than happy to profit from his exploits in the belief that he, and they, would never get caught. They were wrong.

Jonathan Sothcott may well be the first name to hit the headlines, but it won’t be the last.

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