I support Glasgow Athletic United Wanderers City, honest!


Richard Leonard has been elected new leader of Scottish Labour – he’s English (his wife is Scottish.)

Immediately the press is onto the crucial question facing the Scottish nation: “If England were playing Scotland, who would you support?”

Every week politicians are lambasted for not giving a straightforward, honest answer.  We hate fudged avoidance of “simple” questions – or so we say.  Yet when he answers this question in a totally honest and straightforward way – guess what? – he is lambasted!

He answers that he would support England.

Perhaps the most famous political footballing gaffe in recent times was the cringeworthy incident when David Cameron (a self–proclaimed lifelong Aston Villa fan) was speaking about the benefits of a multi-cultural Britain.  He told an audience in south London: “We are a shining example of a country where multiple identities work. Where you can be Welsh and Hindu and British, Northern Irish and Jewish and British; where you can wear a kilt and a turban; where you can wear a hijab covered in poppies. Where you can support Man Utd, the Windies and Team GB at the same time. Of course, I’d rather you supported West Ham.”



Offering an explanation for what many conclude is an unforgivable blunder, Cameron told reporters: “I had what Natalie Bennett described as a brain fade. I’m a Villa fan… I must have been overcome by something… this morning. But there we are, these things sometimes happen when you are on the stump.”

I’m sorry, David, but football fans do not forget who they support!  That’s never how it works!


Politicians have looked like complete idiots by pretending to be fans of pop groups that they have clearly never heard.  Chancellor George Osborne declared a 1990 NWA gig the best concert he’d ever been to. Or when Gordon Brown shared his love for the Arctic Monkeys, despite being unable to name any of their actual songs.

“David Cameron’s musical selections for Desert Island Discs in 2006 seem unquestionably designed by committee. Cameron’s playlist reads like a string of overtly iconic British bands cross-checked with some Wikipedia lists of their bestselling songs. There’s Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, The Smiths’ This Charming Man. With some REM and The Killers thrown in, it’s practically an A-to-Z of unrelenting, personality-free blandness. Do we believe any of it? Not for a second.” (huck magazine)

Jesus was never asked who his favourite bands were or whether he’d support Galilee United or Lebanon Rangers, but he was asked dozens of questions designed to trip him up.  I think of all the examples mentioned above, he usually took the Richard Leonard approach and just told it like it was – except that he’d go much further and turn the question back on the questionner.  What if Jesus were interviewed on the Today programme?  I suspect that he would turn the focus directly onto John Humphries and that Humphries would not get away with a lame protest that it is his job to ask questions and Jesus’ job to answer them.  Humphries would not be able to hide behind BBC impartiality.  Either that, or Jesus would tell a story and that story would end with a direct challenge to the listener and the questionner…  there would be a pause, Humphries would cough and suggest we had run out of time and we had to go to the weather report.

If we want our politicians to be honest and open and straightforward then we have to be honest and open and straightforward in our questionning.  If a question has an agenda and is an attempt to trap a politician, then we have to expect the politician to be evasive.  When interviewers badger politicians for a “simple yes or no answer” to a ticking timebomb of a question – then we know it is never that simple.  Politicians are bland because it is safer to be so.

I am holding out some hope that people are getting tired of this whole media-politician game – it’s a charade.  I am holding out some hope that people are so thirsty for some genuine thought and opinion in politics that they will find ways to cut through.

I’ll just leave you with this  🙂


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e parties are desperate to get the youth vote. But I hate it when politicians try to actively engage the youth. “When a 10 year old boy told her that he was reading the fourth Harry Potter, she actually top trumped him by bragging ‘I’ve read them all’.” Every time they try it’s as excruciating as when your dad turns up at a house party wearing a backwards baseball cap and saying ‘groovy’ to anyone that will listen. There has been a ‘Vote here, get free beer’ campaign, which could have come straight out of Men Behaving Badly. And that’s a sitcom millennials won’t remember. See how hard it is? The Lib Dems revealed their manifesto in a nightclub. Presumably while everyone downed WKD and Tim Farron wowed the crowd with his ‘big fish, little fish, cardboard box’. Every time someone announced a policy a rave whistle went off. We want more money for the NHS, whoop, whoop! Theresa had an excruciating five minutes with some school children. When a 10 year old boy told her that he was reading the fourth Harry Potter, she actually top trumped him by bragging “I’ve read them all“. Later it got very awkward as Theresa, in her strong and stable bicycle chain necklace, was pressed on which character she was most like. She refused to answer directly, which made me think she hadn’t read them at all and was just showing off. Everyone knows she is Dolores Umbridge. Maybe she should take a lesson from her and write ‘I must not tell lies’ 100 times.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/politicians-grab-the-youth-vote-embarrassing/

All the parties are desperate to get the youth vote. But I hate it when politicians try to actively engage the youth. “When a 10 year old boy told her that he was reading the fourth Harry Potter, she actually top trumped him by bragging ‘I’ve read them all’.” Every time they try it’s as excruciating as when your dad turns up at a house party wearing a backwards baseball cap and saying ‘groovy’ to anyone that will listen. There has been a ‘Vote here, get free beer’ campaign, which could have come straight out of Men Behaving Badly. And that’s a sitcom millennials won’t remember. See how hard it is? The Lib Dems revealed their manifesto in a nightclub. Presumably while everyone downed WKD and Tim Farron wowed the crowd with his ‘big fish, little fish, cardboard box’. Every time someone announced a policy a rave whistle went off. We want more money for the NHS, whoop, whoop! Theresa had an excruciating five minutes with some school children. When a 10 year old boy told her that he was reading the fourth Harry Potter, she actually top trumped him by bragging “I’ve read them all“. Later it got very awkward as Theresa, in her strong and stable bicycle chain necklace, was pressed on which character she was most like. She refused to answer directly, which made me think she hadn’t read them at all and was just showing off. Everyone knows she is Dolores Umbridge. Maybe she should take a lesson from her and write ‘I must not tell lies’ 100 times.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/politicians-grab-the-youth-vote-embarrassing/

All the parties are desperate to get the youth vote. But I hate it when politicians try to actively engage the youth. “When a 10 year old boy told her that he was reading the fourth Harry Potter, she actually top trumped him by bragging ‘I’ve read them all’.” Every time they try it’s as excruciating as when your dad turns up at a house party wearing a backwards baseball cap and saying ‘groovy’ to anyone that will listen. There has been a ‘Vote here, get free beer’ campaign, which could have come straight out of Men Behaving Badly. And that’s a sitcom millennials won’t remember. See how hard it is? The Lib Dems revealed their manifesto in a nightclub. Presumably while everyone downed WKD and Tim Farron wowed the crowd with his ‘big fish, little fish, cardboard box’. Every time someone announced a policy a rave whistle went off. We want more money for the NHS, whoop, whoop! Theresa had an excruciating five minutes with some school children. When a 10 year old boy told her that he was reading the fourth Harry Potter, she actually top trumped him by bragging “I’ve read them all“. Later it got very awkward as Theresa, in her strong and stable bicycle chain necklace, was pressed on which character she was most like. She refused to answer directly, which made me think she hadn’t read them at all and was just showing off. Everyone knows she is Dolores Umbridge. Maybe she should take a lesson from her and write ‘I must not tell lies’ 100 times.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/politicians-grab-the-

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