Dr. Kim Foale

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June 24, 2014 · colonialism

Why I love watching England lose

This World Cup, I've been quite surprised to find myself really enjoying the football -- but only when England lose. Why is this? What about my native country losing fills me with such schadenfreude?

Recycling bins for England merchandise

Dwelling on this, I've come to think that the England football team represents almost all the things I hate about this country.

All this money spent, all this attention given, and we still lose, and miserably too. English football then perhaps the standard bearer for the kind of country UKIP and the Tories think we live in, and them being beaten is sweet revenge.

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