Football fans enter the public spending debate
I was supporting Manchester United at the League Cup game at Barnsley last night, where eight fans were arrested after trouble and violence.
In the second half a long line of police appeared in front of the United end, dressed in full flourescent riot gear and helmets, and accompanied by several nasty-looking police dogs.
Many United supporters were unaware of the trouble that had occurred elsewhere at half time, and felt this sudden police display just in front of them was a gross over-reaction by the forces of law and order.
So the following response suddenly erupted from United fans:
"We pay for your hats. What a waste of council tax!" they chanted. "We pay for your hats!"
And later, a modification on that:
"We pay for your dogs. What a waste of council tax! We pay for your dogs!"
So the political debate about public spending priorities even seems to have entered the consciousness of football fans!