Not before time

Martin Cross has a great pedigree, unimpeachable credentials but this great news is nothing like Manchester United not being allowed into the FA Cup. It’s like Arsenal’s Wunderkinden not being allowed in the London 2nd XI cup.

Leander are head and shoulders the most powerful club in British Rowing. They can afford to support their athletes in ways other clubs can only dream about.

While this news might mean that Leander can’t win it’s not going to open the door to all and sundry. The Thames cup in ’09 will still come from Molesey, Agecroft, London, Scullers or a similar setup with BIRO assistance and internationals on the roll.

I blame the government

If they’d provided us with an education system worthy of the name in the first place we would not have this sort of story about banning Latin phrases in otherwise English communication:

A Campaign spokesman said the ban might stop people confusing the Latin abbreviation e.g. with the word “egg”.

If we had a literate society able to both speak the language and with knowledge of things that we’ve imported from without, able to understand from context if not from being able to read the difference between e.g. and egg, able to not pander to the stupid – who really won’t be worried anyway.

And these are the organisations able to snoop on us for the merest hint of a perceived infraction.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?