It is interesting - well I guess it isn't to most people - to look more deeply at what is behind the ST and I don't mean the nutjobs with their agenda to live out their fantasies by playing owners and Football Manager at our club.
To start with sport in general governs itself rather than falls under the laws of the land that we live our daily lives by, so the Supporters Direct (SD) which the above message from the ST seems to imply is the 'governing' or some sort of 'leading authority' over Supporters Trust turns out to be merely a body set up as a sort of charity 'a Community Benefit Society' in order to set up ST's and which itself is funded and owned by it's membership - ie the ST's themselves.
It seems to have be born out of a sort of sop to football fans complaining to their MP's of some dodgy goings on at some clubs at the time around 20 years or so ago - (Northampton, Wrexham, Stockport, etc) - who had no say in how clubs are owned or run - and the bad 'image' it was beginning to portray about the less flattering aspects of football particularly when some unscrupulous businessmen saw money to be made by basically buying a club, closing it down and redeveloping its the land the stadium used to be sited on.
In simple terms the SD was initially set up by the government (and basically financed by the Premier League) then handed over to the SD/ST' to run it themselves, so as to give the appearance something was being done - ie the rash of ST's that suddenly sprung up, the rush of ACV that were obtained and now the dash to get MoU's signed up to - non of which are more than window dressing in the scheme of things.
It seems that most people now accept that it is not the job of the government to get involved in football club ownership and that the footballing bodies governs itself in its own way and at best only plays lip service to the SD/ST's - so much so that it as cut the funding to the SD forcing it to merege with another group funded by the Premier League, the equally non effective (and created as a sop) the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) - see link below -[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
To my mind our ST (and its parent body the SD) is just like the big bad wolf in the tale of the Three Little Piggies in that it still continues to 'huff and it puff as hard as it might' but it simply can't blow Ken Anderson's house down - no matter how much it would like to do so and take on the club itself.
The ST carries no weight and has no actual authority behind it, no matter how it would like to portray it has.