Saturday 10 December 2016

Heavy breathing on high moral ground

Eamonn Sweeney

Published 29/05/2016 | 17:00

BBC Golf commentator Peter Alliss. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images
BBC Golf commentator Peter Alliss. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Roll that barrel over here. Good man. Thanks. If you could just tip the fish into it like so. That's great. Now hand me down that gun, I'm going to write about Muirfield Golf Club.

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I am a fearless opponent of golf clubs refusing to allow women as members. I'm also against the Atlantic slave trade, dog fighting and people who reveal the twists in the latest episode of Game of Thrones before their friends have seen them. These may be controversial positions but sometimes you just have to take a stand for what's right no matter what criticism is likely to come your way.

In a world of gender-fluid schoolkids, celebrity transsexuals and the like, there's something bizarrely anachronistic about Muirfield's determination to stand up for old-fashioned sexism. The members are a bit like those Japanese lads who kept sniping away in the jungles for decades after World War Two had ended.

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