How should we rank football teams?

Any football fan taking a look at the latest FIFA World Rankings will always have a moment of pause where they think: “Hang on, how is this team higher than that team?”  It’s a problem that has existed since the dawn of the table back in 1993, and the way in which FIFA decides which country is better than another has consistently flummoxed the general population in football with its unusual placements.  Football’s top organisation can’t win when it comes…

The Growing Cost of Scottish Football

Last week brought into sharp focus the way in which the game of the people in this country has become more commercialised than ever before.  There were two flashpoints in this enduring theme: the BBC’s publication of their annual Price of Football report and the release of Scotland tickets for both the Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland and the glamour friendly against the Auld Enemy of England.  Both of these highlighted how much it now costs for…

What’s next for Scotland?: My Smith Commission submission

In the wake of last month’s referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Lord Smith of Kelvin to head a commission looking at the issue of devolving more powers to Scotland including which powers should be devolved and how the process is handled.  Politicians from both the Yes and No parties have been invited to participate, with their detailed submissions now available to read, and just as importantly so have the people of Scotland.  Until the 31st of October, absolutely anyone…

The Lord Freudian slip and the Minimum Wage

British politics is seldom more alive than when a politician’s comments are called into question by the other side. Conservative peer and welfare reform minister Lord Freud has been the centre of media and opposition attention over the last few days after making what has been claimed to be disparaging remarks about the disabled. At a fringe meeting about the Government’s Universal Credit policy at the Conservative party conference last month, Lord Freud was responding to a question about the…

Team America: World Police – 10 Years on

Calling films classic not long after they’ve been released might be a little premature or even a clichéd attempt at making them seem even better than they were – but now that a decade has gone by since the release of one of the finest satirical films of the 21st century, I think it’s time we consider Team America: World Police as the classic that it is. For those that aren’t aware, Team America follows the life of actor Gary,…

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