Five things Sir Alex Ferguson said about the Tories


FergusonWith the announcement today that Sir Alex Ferguson will be retiring as manager of Manchester United at the end of the 2012/13 season after 26 years in the job, Left Foot Forward thought it fitting to look at some of Sir Alex’s best political quotes.

  1. On David Cameron: “How can it be class war to say the guy went to Eton, or that he was part of some dreadful right-wing social club at Oxford? Where you come from does matter you know. His policies are about helping his own sort.”

  2. On Margaret Thatcher: “The images of decay and neglect have remained with me and I have never ceased to curse the Tory government for vandalising the National Health Service. Margaret Thatcher’s aggressive efforts to privatise health care in this country were a betrayal of a service that has been one of the proudest achievements of our society…Her policies ruined people’s lives and stripped them of their dignity.

  3. On being told by a journalist that he and Thatcher shared an ability to survive on only five hours’ sleep, Ferguson replied: “Don’t associate me with that woman.”

  4. On Nick Clegg: “I mean he was fine, and spoke well enough, but I was no clearer what he was about than I was at the beginning.”

  5. On David Cameron: [He] “looked really weak under pressure, and that is the last thing you want in a prime minister.”

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  • Selohesra

    He may have been great manager but his views on politics are about as relevant to the debate as his research into quantum physics

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.cooper.90410834 Ryan Cooper

    Why? You don’t have to be a student of politics to express a political viewpoint.

  • Mark Stevo

    Shame he had less to say about the Glazers.

  • Selohesra

    I have no problem with him haviving a viewpoint – just wonder why his views are considered worthy of an article

  • http://twitter.com/no1jib Mr Sean Kelly .

    got to respect a man who doesnt forget his roots or those with less ability than he has himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Chandler/100000059028926 Andrew Chandler

    Didn’t know these…I think the quote about the importance of where you come from is the best. Three square miles dominate Britain…Windsor and Eaton, the City of London, and the part of Glasgow that Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Bill Shankly, Matt Busby and Jock Stein all grew up in!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rik-Clarke/1011757849 Rik Clarke

    He’s not saying he shouldn’t be allowed to express a viewpoint (I wouldn’t imagine). He’s saying that he’s not a relevant person to go to for comment on things like this. If I went to my editor and said I rang up Fergie for a comment on the latest coalition policy, he’d probably run it anyway because it’s fucking Fergie, but people would think: “Well, what the fuck does it matter what he thinks?”

  • Nixon Tod

    Ferguson has always had political views – he has always been on the side of working people – as a City fan I have hated him but compared to many people in football he is an intelligent man who has never been afraid to speak his mind and stand up for a fairer society. A socialist in the fine tradition of Shankly, Stein and Clough.

  • Steva

    As usual when it comes to politics, Sir Alex Ferguson speaks very well.

  • Sid whathisname

    Shame he felt Blair was a hero…..

  • Sid whathisname

    Sadly of course he thought Blair was a working class working lad, sadly he was not is not will never be… great manger poor choice of politicians

  • Kesmeralda

    That’s exactly the kind of elitism that had ruined democracy. Ferguson, the bin man that lives down the road and you and me all have one thing in common – we have a right to be considered equal. Just because some toff can go to Oxford or Cambridge on a trust fund to embark on a life in career politics, doesn’t make them any more capable of commenting on society then anyone else. If anything, it makes them LESS capable because they’ve never really lived IN society. ‘Relevant’?? How is politicians having stocks and shares in companies that are granted tax breaks and subsidies ‘relevant’? Come on, seriously…
    It matters what everyone thinks, not just a handful of privileged men in The City.
    Speaking of which, this is coming from a Manchester City fan, so I must feel strongly about it if I’m coming to his defence!

  • Selohesra

    I’m now looking forward to LFF covering political views of other ordinary people:-
    – Harry Rednaps’s opinion on tax
    - Paulo Dicannio’s views on immigration
    - Arsene Wenger’s view of free glasses on NHS

  • Kesmeralda

    When all else fails, resort to sarcasm – the most intelligent form of argument. I’m sure you have done already, but if not, give yourself a pat on the back.

  • Selohesra

    Thank you

  • treborc

    But in my youth and in Middle age I just about remember Fergie talking politics mainly within Football, he of course came out a lot louder when Blair took over with New Labour.

    And Fergie is a great New Labour supporter then again many of the rich working class tend to be…

  • treborc

    But in my youth and in Middle age I just about remember Fergie talking politics mainly within Football, he of course came out a lot louder when Blair took over with New Labour.

    And Fergie is a great New Labour supporter then again many of the rich working class tend to be…

  • nigctid

    I feel exactly the same as you Nixon. Hated him because of the success he brought our rivals, but admire him for remaining a socialist after all these years.

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