A headline popped up briefly on my phone. It takes less time to ignore and delete them than find out where they come from and why, and then find out how to stop them.
The headline was Saudi Arabia buys the English Newcastle United football team. I've always thought of football teams, both here and in the UK to be community organisations. But no, they are commodities to be bought and sold. Apparently to get around rules, the Saudis set up some kind of removed trust to take ownership and get past foreign ownership rules.
"The shock news will delight the fanbase after a Newcastle United Supporters' Trust survey on Tuesday showed that 93% of its members were in favour of the takeover."
I very much doubt that it was what the people in Newcastle I know think. More like "f****** Arabs now own our footy team. What was the point of voting for Brexit?". Brexit didn't turn out to be a cure all, hey. Later: After an exchange of messages with R's nephew in Newcastle, they want the old out so much and go on to football success, not caring where the money comes from.
Hmm, I am now looking at English news. My city of Greater Melbourne has it's Green Wedges that can't be developed or built upon, except they are. London has its Green Belt, that can't be developed or built upon, except it is. What an absolute disgrace, in both places.
But it is hardly a wonder that there is pressure to develop London't Green Belt for homes. Little is left for the English in London but a modest flat once you subtract the land and housing owned by the Church of England, the Catholic Church, the Royals, Russian oligarchs, oil rich Middle Easterners and South East Asians, celebrities and the lords and ladies of realm. It is a very broken model.
I am not going back to the BBC website. It is too depressing. Especially after reading the champion of the working class, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife he having denounced as he was elected the rich and big business avoiding paying tax, and now he and his wife have bought a property for millions of pounds using a purposely set up overseas company and thus did not have to pay something like £350,000 property purchase stamp duty.
The pub sniff test smells like a rather rotten odour. Crooks, liars, thieves and charlatans.