In the UK, the public’s attention has also been momentarily diverted to the ‘wallpaper-gate’ scandal this month. Mulling over the profligate nature of Mr and Mrs Johnson of Number 10 choosing to spend £60,000 on titivating their accommodation, it occured to me this is more money than most of the British working population earns (in taxable income) to support their families for an entire year. The wallpaper, costing 850 per roll, came in for a lot of media attention, as did the scrapping of good quality John Lewis furnishings installed by the previous occupants of 10 Downing Street. How can Johnson spout-off about sustainable futures when he acts like this? An investigation has been kicked off because there are “reasonable grounds to suspect an offence” by the Prime Minister regarding the source the £60,000. It does not appear to have originated from either his own personal bank account or any other legitimate source. It appears to have been some kind of ‘gift’ from connected parties who will have a clear conflict of interest. Upon being rumbled, a swift corrective action was taken by the accused, to pay the money back.
The situation, presented in a comedic fashion by the media, has distasteful undertone. It’s an example of the most senior British politician abusing his office and pulling a fast-one to influence personal gain. A prime example of the privileged few who are running the country, kicking grit in the eyes of the UK’s tax-paying working population, as they help them-selves to outcomes that are not for the public good. It’s greedy. It’s wrong.
News broke on 18th April about attempts to establish a European Super League. This ESL was to comprise 12 of the richest clubs in Europe, included 6 clubs from the UK. There was total condemnation from UEFA, FIFA and many UK politicians (including Boris Johnson). The press was all over it. The initiative was killed-off 2 days later as one by one, each of the English clubs pulled out under intense lobbying from all directions. With-out these six English clubs, the plans had no legs and the ESL evaporated over-night.