Rachel Sylvester has a characteristically fun and insightful column in today’s Times on how football loving Labour have been replaced by a coalition that plays a very different (and more individualistic) game.
She’s spot on apart from one slur against a football mad cabinet minister that should not go uncorrected. This is the offending passage:
It’s not only the top two players who are agnostic about footie. There are few fans, out of the closet, on the Liberal-Conservative front bench.
William Hague’s sport of choice is judo, Vince Cable likes ballroom dancing and George Osborne plays computer games. It’s hard to imagine any members of the current Cabinet having the chant of the Everton crowd as their ring tone, as Andy Burnham once did.
If Mrs Cable read the piece, I expect she would have spat out her corn flakes. Vince Cable is a York City FC zealot and general sports nut who thinks of little else when he’s not being grumpy about the economy. (Is it one more piece of evidence to show he would have been happier in a Lib-Lab Cabinet?) This is how he once described his lifelong affliction: Read more