Guest Posted April 20, 2006 Share Posted April 20, 2006 It is with a considered sense of dread that I report we are now fewer than 50 days away from the start of the World Cup. Already the streets of my home town have been polluted with foul Anglo Saxon chauvinists draped in their exclusive flags and paraphenalia with their "Engerlands" and "here we goes" warming up to what no doubt will become a very ugly sound indeed. I can barely bring myself to walk past a parked car with one of those stupid crosses of St George displayed without snapping it off and stamping up and down on it. The reason for my strength of feeling on this issue?....... my utter contempt for the nationalism it engenders. George Orwell once wrote in "The Sporting Spirit" " At the international level sport is frankly mimic warfare. But the significant thing is not the behaviour of the players but the attitude of the spectators: and, behind the spectators, of the nations who work themselves into furies over these absurd contests, and seriously believe--at any rate for short periods--that running, jumping and kicking a ball are tests of national virtue. " Thus in the days ahead we will no doubt here more absurd comments about the "national game", the ethnic make up of premiership teams, the nationality of the England manager. and how both may have negative effect on how we do. I for one beg to be excluded from this notional and hideous "we". Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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