Am I alone in noticing that the dear old anti-English BBC (plus other sections of the news media) is enjoying pouring sackcloth and ashes on the England Football and Rugby Union teams, especially the former?
Even now, three days after the England Football team lost their second group stage game in the World Cup, it remains a prominent subject of speculation and comment, often comment expressed in the most absurd terms! Judged by this, who would imagine that atrocities in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Sudan (to name just a few) are being carried out? Who would imagine that swarms of refugees of various kinds are gathering on the coast of north Africa, and have been for months, making strenuous life or death attempts to invade the southern countries of the European Union thereby, ultimately to gain entry to England?
Anyone who heard BBC Radio’s Andy Swiss on Radio Five yesterday (21st June) could be forgiven for concluding that he was (is?) enjoying the England Football team’s swift departure from the World Cup Competition he was so joyful! The word schadenfreude springs to mind here.
Andy Swiss ~ another of those dratted ‘Brits’?
According to BBC TV’s Ollie Foster, England was ‘humiliated’! How silly! It is only a football game, and Japanese POWs could tell you what real humiliation is.
Ollie Foster ~ England was ‘humiliated’!
Then there was BBC newcomer Natalie Pirks droning on about the England team’s prospects on BBC TV’s Twenty Four Hour News yesterday and enjoying herself. Instinctively she must be aware that here in England interest in the event itself has reduced massively.
Natalie Pirks ~ still droning on, but not about the World Cup itself.
Even when making allowances for my own bias, I gain the impression that reporters are kinder to other national teams, for example, the Spanish Football team’s premature departure from the World Cup and the Wales Rugby team’s losing to South Africa ” by only one point”.
More seriously, English professional football is a microcosm of England as a whole. True an English manager has been appointed for the first time since Heaven knows when, but far too many of the operatives, the players, are imported mercenaries who not only block opportunities for home grown players but also acquire knowledge of how England players perform, how they instinctively react when performing..
As with so (too) much of England’s commercial sector, Premier League football clubs are in foreign ownership and driven by financial imperatives. They care not about squeezing out native talent, nor the consequences on the national team. Too many of England’s sectors are dominated if not actually controlled by individuals whose first loyalty is not to England and her interests. Indeed, the British political class actively discourages true national feeling. Apparently, Scottish and Welsh and British nationalism and pride are acceptable, but not English!
One of my dictums is that immigrants beget other immigrants, which has serious if not sinister implications for the English nation when they are in prominent positions of power or influence.
One thing seems certain: a massive reduction in the English public’s interest in the World Cup which, after all is said and done, has no English representative at its governing level and is demonstrably a corrupt and corrupting organisation!