Tuesday 16 January 2018

UK election campaign feels like one long transfer deadline day

Football has one redeeming feature: football. There is always another game
Football has one redeeming feature: football. There is always another game

Dion Fanning

Along with many people who enjoy sport on TV, I will be following the UK election campaign. It began last week in a blur of giddiness and it was tempting to think that politics is football if football was always transfer deadline day.

Like the reporters who inform us that Nathan Buddle has been spotted at Brunton Park and can be expected to be unveiled as a Carlisle United player any minute, the political journalists elevate the irrelevant to the important while never seeming to grasp how unimportant most of it is. They, too, have their version of 'The Totaliser' and it is the 'Poll of Polls' which they turn to every night to tell us breathlessly that it's the same as the night before.

Unlike the reporters sent around the grounds on deadline day whose self-loathing increases through the night and is a redeeming feature, too many of the political journalists seem certain of their own significance, a sense strengthened as they have moved effortlessly from the junior common room to whatever important position they hold today, arguing with the same people they argued with in those university days.

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