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One of the accusations most frequently levelled at football fans is that they show a type of tribal loyalty that completely flies in the face of logic and common sense. But, as ever, football – or any sport – has a reason for that. And that reason is simple – it transcends the logical and laughs in the face of common sense.
Otherwise, how else could you possibly explain normally stoic men weeping open tears because some millionaires are beaten by some other millionaires?
Blind, tribal loyalty to a football team is one thing. But blind, tribal loyalty to an idea is something that should terrify all of us. Because the one great gift we have in a democracy is the freedom to make up our mind on any given issue without having to worry about deviating from the approved party line.