1. Politics and The EU
So here’s the main problem with a second Brexit vote:
If the result (as recent polls suggest) would be around 52% remain and 48% exit – how can that be claimed as a mandate when most of us who remain have spent over 2 years claiming that 52% isn’t a mandate?
That would then lead to either a standoff or a third referendum (best of 3 anyone?) and then we really are down the rabbit hole. The only way you could justify holding a second referendum was if you knew you would get say 65% plus remain. Otherwise this awful limbo status will remain.
I have to disagree with what Rory Stewart said on Thursdays Question Time. He said the chequers plan was a Middle Way. It isn’t – what it is is a fudge that neither solves the problems of Brexit nor completely separates us from the EU. This is aside from the fact that Michel Barnier has already rejected it.
I can’t remember who it was who said ‘A successful negotiation is one that neither side is happy with but both sides can live with’. Well the chequers agreement is not something either side of the Brexit Divide in this country could live with, and it is not one I would wager that in the long term either the UK or European governments could either.
The problem is with where we are now I don’t know what the answer is and i’m betting that neither the Prime Minister, nor the EU do either – and this is far more worrying.
2. Online Abuse of Sports People
I adore cricket – cricket of any kind. In fact if I’m walking down the street and I see some kids with a bat and ball I’ll stop to watch them.
But something I have noticed recently is how much the internet has altered cricket supporters. When I first started going to games in the late 90s – watching Lancashire, supporters behaved impeccably both at the ground and afterwards (with the exception of one particular Yorkshireman at the 1999 NatWest Trophy quarter final)
But now it’s different – less so at the grounds – I have no problem with singing and pint pot snakes or anything else that 20/20 has brought to our game.
I am talking about unwarranted online criticism. I am not one to shy away from criticising either a lack of effort or even a mistake by a player or coach, but now it appears that people are willing to call for captains and coaches to be sacked simplY because their team failing to win a tournament or in some cases a single match.
This behaviour threatens to turn cricket into football – and the abuse which some cricketers – players who in some cases have rushed back from injury early to help the team have been pilloried for not winning. I find this distasteful and all it will lead to should it continue is the estrangement between cricketers and supporters. I recently pointed this out on a team Facebook forum and was told that someone had been called something by a players brother.
But here’s the point – even if this is true why would the players brother call someone they didn’t know and had never even met? Maybe because the other person abused their playing sibling first?
It’s time to stop it, and for cricket supporters to behave more like we always have – polite and civil. Some self moderation is what’s required. I just wonder if I’m the modern world this is possible.
Until next time….