Thursday 20 September 2018

Stop bashing Brexit Brits

'As for Harry Kane (pictured) and the boys - that an English team with players of all racial backgrounds can take to the field with their country united behind them does indeed say a lot about England.' Photo: Reuters
'As for Harry Kane (pictured) and the boys - that an English team with players of all racial backgrounds can take to the field with their country united behind them does indeed say a lot about England.' Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Declan Lynch is correct. (Sunday Independent, June 24). The English football team's adventures in Russia tell us a lot about Brexit. Indeed, the wonderfully entertaining World Cup jamboree unwittingly reveals lots about that thorny subject - just not what he thinks it does.

Those delightful fellows at the EU - Michel Barnier, Donald Tusk, Guy Verhofstadt, Jean-Claude Juncker et al - consistently peddle a narrative that fealty or affection for one's country (rather than some abstract, relatively recent political construct like the EU) is an antediluvian throwback (and a possible indicator of latent fascism). It is hard to bang that particular drum, though, while scenes of unbridled tribal joy are beamed into our homes daily from the World Cup, with fans going nuts as they support their country's fortunes from the stands.

How those grey technocrats must despise the carnival atmosphere and outpouring of national pride that accompany the greatest sporting tournament on earth. (The only time anyone cheers for 'Europe' on the sporting stage are those half-hearted, unconvincing chants when the millionaire golfers roll into town for the Ryder Cup).

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