Provocative sports commentary
In looking at England's smashing defeat at the World Cup, Boris Johnson hits one nail on the head -
Somewhere along the line the nation that invented or codified virtually every sport seems to have lost its lust for competitive games. I don't want to exaggerate this. We did amazingly at the 2008 Olympics, and we have recently beaten Australia at rugby. But in our game, the world game, we should be doing so much better.
I am sure the problem is partly to do with all those foreign players in the Premiership, but it's more fundamental than that. We are still paying the price of an educational establishment that developed an aversion to competitive games and an obsession with bureaucracy and elf and safety that made it hard for the voluntary sector to fill the gap.
Walking into the Twyford shop, I glanced at a headline which suggested that England coach Capello thinks the English always look for someone to blame.
Well, Capello, most sensible people like to find out why something or someone isn't working and do something about it. That being said, I thought you were the problem as soon as I first saw your face on the television screen. You can read a bit about a man in his face, which sounds unkind, but I think may be true. Further, English rabble-rouser that I am (what else would an American be?) I kept asking why an Italian was coaching the English team. It seemed odd. Today the Guardian writes that Capello did not know how to speak English well, and screamed at the players. Good grief.