You know they’ve run out of anything relevant to say, when they start going on about things which are:
(a) None of their fucking business
(b) Pretty much irrelevant
(c) Entirely optional and
(d) Arbitrarily chosen
Case in point, the ludicrous department of culture, media and sport’s intervention on the cost of tickets to football matches. It is not clear to me why a supposed conservative government thinks the market doesn’t work just fine when it comes to pricing tickets for premiership and championship football.
Presumably, if Arsenal or Manchester City or whoever quadruple prices, their attendances would drop. This is entirely a matter for them. Why Helen Grant thinks tickets should be priced below equilibrium levels is unclear.
Only it’s not. She knows a bandwagon when she sees one, so it’s all aboard. I’m not sure she will actually do anything. At worst, an enquiry with a few chairmen being shouted at during some grand-standing select committee. Would the tories really follow Miliband’s lead and decide they know what the price of something or anything “should” be?
And if they did say “Right boys £25 ticket maximum” is it impossible to imagine club revenues falling, higher profile, more expensive players leaving, TV viewing dropping and an overall decline in the standards on offer?
You don’t have to go to football of course. It’s expensive but not mandatory to keep life and limb together. And if football is too expensive, what about cricket or rugby? Should Helen tell us what those sports be allows to charge? What about cinema tickets? Dining out? Why not move to a command economy entirely?
Even if you take a statist view, you must surely agree, this is gigantic administrative over-reach and transparent tokenism in an attempt to seem relevant.