The build up to the current Winter Olympics in Sochi was justifiably dominated by coverage of the Putin regime’s scapegoating of the LGBT+ community. Putin’s policy is designed to strengthen his grip on power by solidifying his traditional base of domestic support in opposition to the more liberal elements within Russia. His tactics are not too dissimilar to those of Sir Alex Ferguson who, in many a title run-in would scapegoat referees, the media or the public at large in order to strengthen the resolve of his dressing room in opposition to an imagined threat from outside (note the Ferguson-Putin comparisons end there!). Continue reading
According to the BBC, the England management team has decided that the batsman will “not be in the plans for those trips (to the West Indies for an ODI tour and Bangladesh for the World Twenty20) or beyond”. It is not the fact that he is not being considered for the upcoming tours that baffles the mind, it’s the “or beyond” part. After all anyone that had the stomach to watch the Ashes series this winter will tell you that the sight of Pietersen’s over aggressive style of play at points when conservatism was needed would have you wincing whilst you were trying not to fall asleep on the sofa. But to rule out England’s 4th highest test run scorer for the rest of his career is ludicrous.