Monday 23 July 2018

England granted cosmic consolation for the lousy luck of having Rees-Mogg and Farage

England’s Dele Alli (no.20) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Sweden yesterday. Picture: PA
England’s Dele Alli (no.20) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Sweden yesterday. Picture: PA
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

You'll be hearing Three Lions by Baddiel and Skinner and the Lightning Seeds many times over the next few days. That is important - not just because it is that rarest of things, a really good football record, but because it demonstrates the apparently effortless genius of the English for making great pop music, and thus enriching the culture of the world in ways that your Jacob Rees-Mogg will never understand.

Yes, England have been lucky in this World Cup - but in this there's a kind of cosmic consolation for all of us. A sense that the gods, even when they are being most unkind, will always try to give something back to you.

Because in its public life of late, England has been most unlucky.

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