Some thoughts by friend of the blog Jim Lee about the abomination that is this proposed hijacking of the Ricoh Arena by Wasps. Time is of the essence if we want to influence those who have been voted in and entrusted with this decision.
It never stops, does it?
I won’t waste words in explaining why Wasps shouldn’t be relocating to Coventry. This has already been covered in far more eloquent words than I could ever muster; by Neil Allison, Sideways Sammy and Andy Turner respectively.
Read their articles before you proceed with mine. Then get mad.
“I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’”
– Howard Beale, Network (1976)
Ok, so let’s ignore the completely irrelevant context of that clip. And the fact that Howard Beale didn’t want you to write to your congressman.
Because I want you to write to your councillor.
The Coventry Telegraph report that, as early as next Tuesday, Coventry City Council will vote on whether to approve the £30m sale of 90% of the Ricoh Arena, to a rugby franchise with no ties to the area or local community.
The council have long preached that the Ricoh Arena is there for the benefit people of the city of Coventry. When they walk into that vote on Tuesday, it’s on your behalf that they’re voting.
We elected them to represent us. So let’s make sure they know, in no uncertain terms, how they should be representing us on this issue. By voting no to the sale of the Ricoh Arena to Wasps RFC – or any organisation related to them.
Here’s what to do, in four easy steps:
1. Visit this website: http://www.coventry.gov.uk/councillors/search
2. Input your postcode, and a short list of your local councillors will be displayed
3. Click each name, and then click the link to view their “profile and contact details”
4. Note down their email addresses, and email each of them
Compose an email, either from your own words, or by writing something like the following:
Dear [Name of councillor],
As one of the constituents that you represent in the [Name of ward] ward, I am writing to voice my opposition to the proposed sale of the Ricoh Arena to Wasps RFC.
I fundamentally believe the sale is wrong for the city, and expect my councillors to represent this viewpoint in any upcoming vote.
I remain at your disposal if you would like me to outline my position any more clearly.
[Your name and address]
And once you’re done, share this blog, so your friends and family can do the same.
Remember that feeling of positivity? How good it felt? It was just a few weeks back…
Wayward club comes to its senses, returns to its community, with which it has established a long and sustaining love. Big beardy Fisher left alone with his imaginary stadium. Music up with a swell; final commercial. And here are a few scenes from next week’s show.
… let’s just hope we don’t tune in to find the bloody rugby on.
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