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Those Protests Outside St James' Park
Published : 26 Feb 2013 13:04:22
I have to say there were some rather strange protests going on in the City Center before the match on Sunday.
Grey's Monument - usually the scene for foreigners from Iraq, Afghanistan or Korea voicing an opinion - had a group that we thought were Tories banging on about politics.
But, apparently, it was a rally against the greedy loan-shark companies in the north of England - such as Toon shirt sponsor Wonga.
Over the past few days, Campaigners in north-east England have launched a “Sharkstoppers” movement to combat legal loan sharks that target some of Britain’s poorest communities.
The Sharkstoppers group were active on Sunday in Newcastle city centre warning the public about the legal loan sharks’ activities in an industry now turning over £8.5 billion.
In the north-east they are cashing in on a region where incomes are on average 10 per cent lower than the rest of the country.
As of next season, the club will be sporting the loan-shark company Wonga on their shirts.
Northern TUC regional secretary Kevin Rowan: “It is no coincidence that Wonga have come here to sponsor Newcastle United and not chosen a club like Chelsea.
“Legal loan sharks are cynically trying to prey on the most vulnerable people but trade unions and other groups are campaigning hard to expose them and promote credit unions as the affordable alternative.”
There you have it.
Do fans worry about Wonga being our sponsors?
Let's put it to the vote.
Source: Newcastle United Mad