James Forsyth

Is this all that Gordon has left to do?

Is this all that Gordon has left to do?
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I guess all the other problems facing the government must be solved as Gordon Brown is now to turn his attention to making sure that premiership teams select more British players. As The Guardian sports section puts it: ‘British players for British clubs.’ Brown is a genuine sports fan and there’s public concern over the issue, but is this really an issue worthy of government time?

If Brown really does want to do something about this problem, he should concentrate on reversing the decline of competitive sports in schools and access to playing fields; problems that government of both parties have largely created in the last forty years. He might also want to stop funds being diverted from grassroots sports to the ballooning Olympic budget.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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