The Emperor Vespasian imposed a tax on the use of public urinals. His son Titus was disgusted. The association was unworthy and distasteful. Vespasian picked up a coin and sniffed it. “Non olet”, he said; this doesn’t stink. Long suffering Newcastle United fans, whose club has been bought by a consortium in which the Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund has an 80 percent interest, are in Vespasian’s camp.
A repair job is needed at Yorkshire CCC after the Azeem Rafiq scandal but undoing these ingrained attitudes will be a difficult feat.