Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Don't Believe It: "Beckham Flying Home"

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Don't Believe It: "Beckham Flying Home"

Article excerpt

The MPs have given themselves a fortnight's break to coincide with the opening of the World Cup. Some have even made the ultimate sacrifice and gone on a two-week football "tour" of Japan, all for the cause of charity.

It falls to the football "lobby", then, to provide us with made-up stories as the Westminster lot take a break. I have had the pleasure of mixing with both these fine bodies of men. They are very similar in another respect: they thrive on bad news. The ones covering England were deeply jealous of their colleagues reporting on Ireland's progress: they had a real story to report after the sacking of the Ireland captain Roy Keane. All the England mob has had to report is injuries to players. Even a reported [pounds sterling]37,000 team bar bill didn't get anyone excited. The football hacks excel at destroying England managers, but they now have one who has got England to the World Cup against all expectations. …

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