Thursday 22 February 2018

Declan Lynch: The game is up for players of vulture capitalism

The case of Liverpool FC illustrates what has happened to the world on a grand scale, writes Declan Lynch

Liverpool is an Irish city, perhaps more like the Ireland of 20 years ago than the Ireland of today. Liverpool didn't really have a boom, or "the thing" as I recently heard a weary Dubliner describe it. So that's how Liverpool feels to me, like Dublin before "the thing".

But even in this place where any Irish person can feel completely at ease, it seems that there is no refuge from the moneyed classes. The predators have been gnawing at the bones of Paddy here too, feasting on the glorious institution that was Liverpool FC, just as they have devoured the mother country.

As a result, there are lads sitting all day in the pub in their Liverpool replica shirts, who now have a deep understanding of this deranged ideology of vulture capitalism, who could get their heads around it while Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal were still in denial.

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