Celebrating An English Victory
That's not far fetched by any standard. English sport is currently going through a sort of renaissance. For next few years, Burton/Hamilton duo will always have a running chance of lapping up F1 title between them. And, if Andy Murray, though he is very Scottish, surely will make a Wimbledon one day, why not make it this year? And, all this can lead to an One-day Cricket World Cup title next year, which, with the current crop of Cricketers, England will be a favourite to win.
So, pop the champagne, a small one, will you? Reserve the vintages for days to come, when we will have more celebrations. We are entering an exciting age of sports, when we shall go beyond fair play trophies and stop being good losers. It will be a time when we shall win. Earlier, I said, Britain is feeling bleak; tonight, we may have turned a corner.
One parting thought, though. It always helps to think about the reasons for success when we are successful. What makes England great? The cricket team provides an insight. Look at the exciting new talents like Pieterson, Kieswetter and Lumb, who between them have won us the World Cup. What makes the Premier League exciting and pushes up the standards of people like Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole, are the people like Didier Drogba, Carlos Tevez and the army of the best and the brightest footballers from Africa and elsewhere in the world that comes to play.
This is not strange or exceptional, this is just how it works. So, when celebrating England and the English victory and an all-England future of this year's sport, we should also celebrate the English spirit: The open, welcoming, tolerant society, which invites and nurtures talents from all over the world. Upbeat and finally on a winning run, let us not succumb anymore to the xenophobic talk that all the migrants are taking this country to dogs.