The THST (Tottenham Hotspur Supporter’s Trust) took time-wasting to olympian levels long before this week. For those of you joining us late, this shower of pompous, pedantic automatons who can’t speak properly and look odder in real life than even me are the self proclaimed ‘dialogue’ between us plebs and the Spurs Board.
Let’s get some textbook defence mechanism type tripe out of the way, shall we?
Accusation #1: ‘It’s easy to throw stones!’
Answer #1: At useless people, it’s not only a doddle, it’s also extremely well earned.
Accusation #2: ‘If you want change, let’s see you join up?!’
Answer #2: I’d rather nail my penis to a burning building whilst joining the Conservative Party.
Accusation #3: We work incredibly hard and don’t get paid!’
Answer #3: You gigantic schmucks!
The recent season ticket debacle has shone a new, extra beamy spotlight on the Trust’s inadequacies. First of all, they watched this coming like a slow train for not just months but years. So it hits. The comet that even the telescopes that came free sellotaped to the front of the Beano were able to watch this bad boy hurtling towards the fanbase.
Did anyone really think that the people that brought you The Great Loyalty Points Swindle Of 2006™ were going to do anything other than stamp their capitalist jackboot into your face as they stole your dinner money, the moment a clear cut opportunity arose?
Oh no. The sum of all fears! One gang of serial bozos – that charge fans a tenner to subscribe to their particularly twisted type of bozo-icity – actually did.
You can read how the whole ‘representation charade’ panned out here.
To save you clicking, imagine an outraged person phoning a premium rate customer complaint hotline and after 50minutes of exasperating nonsense, being finally directed to the person most able to assist with the specific nature of the complaint… canned laughter is blasted down the line.
What I find frankly hilarious and enthralling in equal measure is this closing paragraph:
“We remain committed to a full dialogue with the Club as soon as it is ready to properly address supporter concerns. In the meantime, we will be considering other methods of encouraging change.”
Meaningful change could only result in the THST disbanding. They are utterly defunct.
Some time ago, I made it very clear to the Trust and anyone else that was interested, that negotiating required some genuine mental strength. Something that not one individual on the Trust’s board has ever demonstrated.
In the softly spoken words of the Commander In Chief, ‘the worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.’ These clowns were dead and buried the very first time they compromised themselves and of this there were/are so many examples.
Blowing kisses at the Spurs Official Twitter account, latching onto ‘the biscuits’ joke, repeatedly taking information that little to zero worth in the public domain and accepting these tidbits as confidences not to be shared under any circumstances with you, the plebs. Worse yet – telling the plebs you had an inside track.
The THST played very commercial sensitivity card played on them – on you. And you pass them to do it!
They compromised themselves. Do you understand?
Don’t tell yourself ,’it was only only a tenner’. Tell yourself this: In most cases I’m very easy to get along with. I’m very good to people who are good to me. But when people treat me badly or unfairly or try to take advantage of me, my general attitude, all my life, has been to fight back very hard.
Does that sound unreasonable? Put it another way. Does it sound any more unreasonable than facing anywhere between £200-to £800 per season price hikes, despite the investment company having a world record breaking number of Client Reference Numbers to exploit?
Instead, this ‘Trust’ has condescended – way after the ENIC horse has not only bolted, but demolished the Spurs stable – to share an online petition it didn’t even have the balls to start!
“We also note there is an online petition running to give fans an opportunity to register their views.”
Say goodnight Gracie.