Opinion / Chess, Football, Cricket, Sport

Raheem Sterling and Football ‘Greed’

Why am I looking at all those old Football Fascism pieces? Because I heard young Liverpool football player Raheem Sterling on BBC radio the other day, being pressed to respond to alleged complaints from alleged fans that he is being ‘greedy’ by turning down a fabulous new contract with Liverpool […]

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Football Fascism (3)

Finally, this other one from the now-defunct Business and Politics website. How many times do I have to rail against Football Fascism before people in this country get the point? It started off with Labour’s Football Fascism. Now it’s spread to the unlikely pages of Conservative Home and Tim Montgomerie […]

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Football Fascism (2)

Here’s another one from 2010. Although can we really say that five years on the Conservative-led UK coalition government really sent out any of the right messages? There has been an oddly half-hearted, pessimistic tone throughout. Jeremy Jacobs thinks that I am being too harsh in saying that it is […]

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Football Fascism (1)

Likewise I also write a while back several pieces for Business and Politics about Football Fascism. Now gone! Here’s the first one, written before the previous UK General Election in 2010. Its wise message still holds: According to my watch it is 29 March. April Fool’s Day is not yet […]

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Gareth Bale in Many Languages

Ah. The football season comes round again. To get in the right frame of mind you just can’t see this one often enough. But try listening to the different language styles, starting with characteristic British understatement and then accelerating in intensity… Wonderful.

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Gareth Bale’s Copa Wonder-Goal

This one is mainly for US readers as everyone else on Planet Earth has seen it already. Astonishing for the babbling Spanish commentary. Plus the goal is quite good.

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Another Win for Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen delivered a mighty second blow against Vishy Anand today. Here is my old acquaintance and eloquent chess expert GM Danny King explaining in terms we can all understand how Anand for no very good reasons drifted into a poor then bad then hopeless position.

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Carlsen Takes The Lead

A horrible new addiction enters my life: live World Championship Chess. The Anand/Carlsen match is being played in India, but now you can watch it live on the Internet with streans of analysis and expert Grandmaster commentary as each game proceeds. See eg on Chessdom the Hindustan Times site. Open […]

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Iran at the UN: Diplomatic Chess

It’s hard to work out what exactly Iran’s President Rouhani said in the USA about Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions (or not) and/or the Holocaust. We Brits see these events through the filter of our media bias. Luckily we have Press TV to explain what is happening: Although the reports of […]

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Russia’s Transition from Communism Recalled

My latest piece for DIPLOMAT is out. It recalls in some detail my happy time in the Foreign Office dealing with the end of the USSR and then the Russian transition from communism: I was posted to Moscow as Political Councillor in 1993. We watched this giant country start to […]

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