If like me you’ve ever watched the fix going into some game or contest, you know how it works, and that applies from venues as diverse as The Gardens or Capitol Hill.
First comes the blatant fix complete with bribed officials obviously looking the other way,
then the but-but helpless outrage and finger stabbing from the swindled punters at the outrageous thing the officials just let the fixers get away with,
and finally the retort of how dare you make such scurrilous accusations from the very people who rigged the whole damn thing in the first place.
They get away with it because they’ve corrupted all the officials who’re supposed to be ensuring it’s all done by the rule book.
More importantly, the real reason they will get away with it is they’re relying on something that’s very much about you.
You’re small, loud, powerless but have the pleasingly short attention span of an annoying insect buzzing around them.
You’ll eventually calm down after a bout of pulling out of hair, rending of garments, internecine fighting and outrage but finally you’ll simply exhaust yourself and can’t be bothered with the whole thing any more.
The thing to remember though, is that the fix is always done for money.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. -Salman Rushdie