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hutch0
Date: 2008-06-08 01:25
Subject: with a mighty bound he was free
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I just noticed that I didn't mention the latest news in the Max Mosley saga, for which you've all been waiting with bated breath. The FIA had a meeting this week to decide whether Max should step down from his position as head of the organisation. If you'd asked me beforehand, I would have told you Max was toast. But not so. Max actually survived the vote, and by a very healthy margin. I understand he addressed the gathering before the vote, and my own personal take on it is that he told them that if The News Of The World is allowed to take him down, it'll institute open season on everyone else. Which is possibly the last thing any of these people want, so they supported him.
He's due to retire next Autumn anyway, but that means there's another season and a half to go with Max as chairman of the FIA. The way English law grinds, he might not see his case hit the courts until after he retires, which means that he faces another season and a half of races with various national organisers being unwilling to meet him in public. It's bizarre and it is a farce.
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-06-08 17:10 (UTC)
Subject: Crucified in the court of public opinion
OK, here's my take on this story:

As long as everyone involved in the 'romps' were consenting adults, I see no reason why he should be forced to step down as FIA chairman. I honestly couldn't care less what he does in his private life, and I think that the sole criterion for him staying on as chairman should be his ability to do a good job.

I see a huge parallel between what's happening to Mosley and what happened to Oscar Wilde.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-08 21:26 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Crucified in the court of public opinion
Couldn't agree more; I think I said when I started rambling about this affair that what Max does in the comfort of a Mayfair basement is none of my business. On the other hand, now the story's in the public domain I figure it's within my rights to comment on it. As to him doing a good job, a lot of F1 fans I've spoken to don't think he is. In fact very few of them seem to have anything good to say about the FIA as a whole.
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-06-08 22:12 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Crucified in the court of public opinion
Eeeek, I hope I didn't come across as suggesting it is wrong to even comment on the story; as you say, it is in the public domain and as such is now fair game.

If he is indeed doing a poor job (and to tell the truth I don't know enough about that to have an opinion), then he should go. However, unless he's doing a positively awful job, surely his expected retirement date is soon enough?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-08 22:18 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Crucified in the court of public opinion
No, you didn't come across as suggesting it's wrong to comment on the story at all; I just thought I ought to cover all the bases.
I suspect the quality of the work he's doing is a subjective thing. I'd guess it's like football fans being pissed off with the FA, or tennis fans being pissed off with the LTA. Everybody always hates the ruling body. He hasn't made himself popular within Formula 1 - which is by no means a reason for him to resign.
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