Specifically on the Stockport County issue don't you think that your view is framed around what you believe the Council IS NOT to Stockport as opposed to what Stockport County IS or Should be to Stockport.
Surely a football club with all its implications is not just another business. Would you not agree that SCFC is unique to Stockport whether you are a football fan or no.
Also on this issue you didn't answer the question about - why you think that the Council agreed to lend the money to SCFC in the first place? Do you not think that with the community services the club provides to our town it should be viewed in that context, almost say like Social Services?
Should we also remember that although as you quite rightly point out there are hidden costs associated with the arrangement it was indeed a LOAN.
Finally, as we all know SCFC is in a very precarious position in terms of both a business and a football club - do we know how many people they employ both directly and indirectly?
Here's my view on this, any football club is just another business, it is not a council service, the council is also not a bank.
Let me give you some quotes from http://menmedia.co.uk
"A struggling football club is to get a loan in the region of £180,000 from a cash-strapped council
"The move is the latest in a long line of attempts
to prop up the club."
"In 2010, the council paid £80,000
to have its logo branded on shirts, matchday advertising and programmes in a bid to keep the club going."
"Since going into administration three years ago
after defaulting on a £300,000
bill, it has suffered a string of relegations and failed takeovers."
Based on that, I ask, are we actually ever going to get this money back? The council itself needs to save £12m next year,
I'm sorry I just can't support the loan. Here's a question (I don't have the answer, but it still something to ponder),
did the board of Stockport FC get paid last year? If so, Why? use that money, must be around £180,000, if not more.
Let me just clarify again, I am not against county, I don't want to see them fail, but I don't think the council should be its saviour.