Support 100 years of independent journalism.

26 February 2010

There’s no pleasing the Mail

Not even in football.

By James Macintyre

Poor old Wayne Bridge. The England player must know how Gordon Brown feels this morning. As in politics, so in football: there’s no pleasing the popular press.

First, the Mail campaigns for John Terry, who had a relationship with Bridge’s ex, to be sacked. Then — after the England manager, Fabio Capello, tells Terry to step down as England captain during a 12-minute meeting — the paper congratulates the decisiveness of the Italian “family man”, in contrast to the “dithering” Football Association.

Next Bridge announces after some consideration that he is withdrawing from the England squad in protest at Terry and the “divisive” nature of the situation.

And yet today the Mail does not pat him on the back for such a bold stance, but asks whether Bridge is a “wimp”!

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

How exhausting it must be for the right-wing press, to hold such a complex range of moral values.

Content from our partners
Railways must adapt to how we live now
“I learn something new on every trip"
How data can help revive our high streets in the age of online shopping

Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter.