Walking down to the Gulf Hotel in Manama to take in the England vs Portugal match during the 2004 European Championships my wannabe Hooray Henry colleague asked me, “How many do you think we’ll stick past the Portuguese tonight?” Well, England stuck two past them, but conceded two at the other end, and then lost 6-5 on penalties.
Not an isolated incident on the football field and there they were twelve years waving their little St.George crosses while watching their team being beaten 2-1 by Iceland in the European Championships only hours after they had been waving the same little flags in celebrating the Brexit. The coincidence might be uncanny if it were not for the fact that both events are in fact indicative a country and, even if the Brexit also had a majority in Wales, the country being talked about is England, which has an exaggerated sense of its own importance.
Minds made mushy through a constant diet of patriotic pish hark back to the “good old days of great blighty” and the evidence would seem to suggest that at least half of the population of the United Kingdom, and substantially more than half of the population of England, actually believe the hypocritical hype and horrific hyperbole that accompany the puerile polemic spouted out by a fully incompetent political class and a moronic mass media. The buffoon Boris Johnson has been appointed Foreign Minister.
And there he was today setting out his vision for Britain to become a global player saying: “I set out what I think that we need to be doing and what we need to be focusing on, and that is reshaping Britain’s global profile and identity as a great global player.”
“Reshaping Britain’s global profile and identity as a great global player.” … and it is back to that midsummer madness in Manama in 2004 and “How many do you think we’ll stick past the Portuguese tonight?