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A view from the Chair September

A view from the Chair September

Posted 04-10-2016

Jeux Sans Frontieres
Peter Gabriel extolled in song his ‘Games Without Frontiers’.

Sitting at home watching probably the best Ryder Cup I have ever seen I can’t help but ruminate upon the strength of the UK being part of the European team. In 1979 we realised we could not compete against our trans-Atlantic cousins as Britain and Ireland, and so we joined with Europe. GB would no doubt still be weaker on its own now.
I won’t torture that metaphor any further in case someone should point out that we didn’t emerge victorious this time round. But it is rude to win every time and we didn’t of course have the home advantage this time.
Home advantage is not always decisive of course. The Anglo-Saxons had it 950 years ago, plus they had a good home crowd and a popular local boy in charge. In addition there was a whole nation in reserve but there was no leader to rally the country.
Strong leadership is always a good thing (with a couple of notable exceptions in the 20th century) and we have seen some interesting situations in our two main political parties. They now need to concentrate on their primary tasks-one to provide strong and just Government and the other to hold them to account whilst offering a credible alternative.
Of course the most powerful nation on Earth goes to the polls in just over a month, my position remains necessarily apolitical but I am not sure that I would want the jingoism displayed by the American crowd at the golf, and the euphoria of victory, to enthuse them to vote for the more nationalistic of the two candidates.
There were more than a few candidates for the most camp Norman/Saxon at the Let’s Do Business Expo last week but great fun was had by all, and a great many business connections were made. A huge amount of work goes into organising something of this nature and I must pay tribute to Wes Game and his team for laying on an outstanding event. Others imitate but don’t come close.
At the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup the flags are lowered to their respective anthems, and I wondered on the symbolism of that. The anthem of the EU is of course ‘Ode to Joy’, I guess there is no little irony that that is how many people actually feel now we are leaving the EU.

It’s a knockout.

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