In defence of cricket clubs – do they exist to excel at cricket or to run social experiments?

Any opinions that go against current orthodoxy are unwanted and liable to be met with abuse. Nevertheless it is important to consider whether the push for cricket clubs to find players that are not just ‘the best’ but represent certain demographics will have side-effects. We must also consider whether these side-effects are actually what is being sought by those pushing these ideas.

It has been a basic assumption since Gloucestershire played Yorkshire in 1890 that county cricket clubs exist to win cricket matches. It seems the most basic of factual statements that sports teams try above all else to win matches and competitions. It has indeed been the case until recently that selectors in any sport chose their teams based on their players’ ability.

This approach is being rejected at the moment in cricket. Clubs are starting to take diversity into account when choosing teams. The chairman of Middlesex has recently been quoted as saying,

I speak on behalf of the entire Club in saying that our desire is to see a first eleven walking out to play for the Club which is truly reflective of the broadly diverse county that Middlesex is today and that we will do all within our power to make that happen.

This approach means that the focus is no longer just excellence but also diversity. It seems clear that if you have two targets rather than one, it is harder to hit both. People may say that the aim of a cricket club should be to reflect the local demographics, that a focus on diversity is a good and proper aim. If so it must be accepted that seeking excellence is being laid aside, particularly when clubs are called to quickly find new players in demographics that don’t play cricket.

The push for kids who don’t play cricket ignores the fact that most kids prefer football. In an ideal world the names of cricket players would be on everyone’s lips and kids would shout ‘jumpers for wickets’ before having a quick game of cricket between lessons. But in the real world football is what they follow. Everywhere you look, football players are revered and featured in the papers. Kids with no family history of footballing pick it up in the playground. In comparison, even among cricket lovers, there is no doubt that cricket is a niche sport. There is not a weekly Match of the Day showing highlights. Cricket is time-consuming, has complex laws and needs expensive kit that’s heavy to lug around. Players aren’t revered and aren’t all millionaires. All the action takes place in the middle of a field with a small ball that’s frankly hard to see. Kids and adults alike often have to say ‘What happened?’ Umpiring is difficult, too much can depend on a finger raised in mistake. In football a bad decision might put you one-nil down, but there is time to regroup and come back. In cricket if the umpire gives you out erroneously there is no comeback. The afternoon is ruined.

All of which suggests that there are many reasons why a kid who likes football is not going to be seduced by cricket. To succeed you really need a parent who’s obsessed and listens to TMS.

This push to find cricket players amongst non-cricketing demographics ignores the fact that – hard though it is to admit – cricket isn’t more fun than other sports. Of course many of us think that with its five day matches and five match series it is a richer game, but most children who play football aren’t going to suddenly pick up a bat and think ‘at last I have found the sport I was born to play’.

The occasional one may, and clubs should put on coaching and training for all-comers. Cricket can be expensive to play and that can rule out many kids who could be encouraged to play by schemes to help poorer kids of all backgrounds. But though some will like the madness of cricket, many will think it is over-complicated, leads not to riches, adulation and evening games against Barcelona, and prefer one of the many other sports available to them.

Having set up a pathway open to all, clubs should not obsess over the demographics of the kids on their courses or the players in their teams. Teach anyone who comes and take the best onto the next level, regardless of background. To focus on representing the local demographics is to not focus on producing a winning team.

Some may say that the push for diversity is worth it and is a better aim than purely winning. Clubs will come to their own decisions, but it must be recognised that it fundamentally changes the raison d’être of the club.

Clubs have to decide, are they in the business of winning cricket matches or are they running social enterprises. Is getting their hands on the trophy the most important thing, or are the colour of the hands on the trophy most important. Because contrary to the diversity above all else narrative, they cannot focus on both. The reallocation of resources and loss of focus will reduce the level of cricket achieved. A worse team will attract less fans, worse players, will be less successful and will make less money. This push for diversity ASAP, which is couched as the only true desirable outcome could be the catalyst for cricket’s demise.

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Destroy, dismantle, deconstruct: How woke attacks using accusations of racism aim to dismantle society and rebuild it in the woke image

The woke want to destroy Western civilisation and replace it with an ‘anti-racist’ utopia. (Spoiler: utopias of any sort don’t exist). Their battlegrounds are our institutions, companies, sports teams and traditions. They have been winning, with institution after institution falling to woke ideologues.

Infiltrating our institutions, mainly through HR departments was their stroke of genius. They could place their people in position and then, once there were enough of them, wait for – or create – a precipitating event.

Often this is an accusation of racism. They have found racism to be a very good weapon. An accusation of racism, amplified by the media is often the starting point of a woke attack. Notice an accusation is enough. For years innocent until proven guilty was a natural assumption, but now just an accusation is enough to unleash the frenzy.

For the woke the actual facts of any matter do not matter. They are out to destroy. They don’t want to know the truth about what was said by x to y or what happened to z. No, once they have infiltrated an organisation they are on the look out for a precipitating event to use as grist for their destructive mill.

This is why the woke must be kept out of organisations, because once they are inside they will deliberately look for ways to dismantle them from within. You will have seen the effect of their ‘work’ in the change in emphasis of institutions like the police and National Trust. With the woke aboard, the original aims of the institution are less important than making sure that the new ideology is spread everywhere. And this ideology hates the West and England.

Once the precipitating event has been found the woke can start working towards their revolution. They have no regard for any institution or its traditions, they see them as emblems of that which they hate. By shouting about racism the woke are able to get people sacked, ruin careers and destroy their host organisations.

Knowing that if something is found ‘racist’ a green light is given for wholesale change, they love to extrapolate from a few alleged occurances that entire organisations, or even entire countries are racist. An example is the attack after the 2020 football European Cup final. A huge number of tweets were sent, a very small number were racist. That was enough for the woke to accuse England of being a racist country.

There can be no placating these woke attackers, because they are after only destruction and putting their own people in charge of what remains. Nothing you give them is enough. They will keep going with their revolution, demanding an organisation’s attention moves from what it it was set up to do, to their agenda – leading to bloated organisations that focus on ideology rather than their original areas of expertise.

The power grab has worked when the organisation has got rid of the old guard, the people who knew how to do what the organisation was supposed to be doing. These people must be cancelled, often achieved with a social media show trial, so that the woke can tighten control. Then they can spend the institution’s money on their pet projects.

Of course the money dries up because the fundamental point of the business has been ignored. The institution is destroyed and the woke move on.

They are not trying to build anything, they are just tearing down what exists. They are not anti-racist, they are using race in the way that old Marxists used class, to divide society. Look at the way that the woke themselves can say things with no comeback that if uttered by one of their ideological enemies would be the start of a cancellation.

The whole woke methodology is wrapped up in words that make it sound wonderful. How can anything anti-racist be bad? Oh that it was honestly anti-racist. What it is though, behind the fine words, is an unforgiving power grab, using accusations of racism to shut down debate and frighten people into giving them their own way.

Once the institutions are destroyed they believe that there will be no more of what they call ‘oppression’, and no more discrimination. They’ll be proved right, not because there was oppression and discrimination, but because once the institution is destroyed there is nothing left. It’s like destroying a house to get rid of a mouse that you think is in it. Once the house is gone, there is indeed no mouse, but that’s because there’s now no house. And maybe there wasn’t a mouse in the first place. We’ll never know that though, because the woke assume the mouse to be there, and anyone who questions it is ‘part of the problem’.

Eventually the institution is gone and the woke can celebrate the destruction of an oppressive enemy. Everyone is now equal. But, of course that’s because there’s nothing left. Everyone has nothing. Except of course the woke who have benefited greatly from the destruction.

Mainstream media must stop giving column inches to all the latest woke insanities

Another day, another woke madness hits the headlines. Today’s concerned the plant wisteria, which, of course, they deem to be racist. 

We have to have another approach. The mainstream media has to stop giving these lunatics the oxygen of publicity. If they want to deem a never-ending list of things racist, then they are of course allowed so to do. But there is no need for the rest of us to report it or read about it. 

The woke way depends on getting in the newspapers and causing outrage. That can easily be stopped if no one actually takes an interest in their announcements. 

After all, we know that they will not be happy until everything has been demonised and destroyed. So let’s just assume that every day there will be a new woke announcement and something else, probably much loved, will be deemed unacceptable. 

There is no need for us to take any interest. The majority of us don’t think that wisteria is racist, and we can go on with our lives, happily planting and tending wisteria without knowing that the neo-Marxists have targeted it. The woke can make all the this is racist pronouncements that they want, but the rest of us won’t have to hear it and if they’re not actually upsetting anyone they’ll soon have to find another way to frame their destructive anti-western ideas.

Of course, that new and improved leftism might be even worse, although it’s hard to see where they could go. But let’s stop encouraging their current method of trying to destroy something beloved of many by making spurious accusations. 

Should Footballers take the knee?

Animated chat show that this week asks the question Should footballers take the knee?

Football teams started taking the knee before games after the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Some fans boo this because BLM stands for dismantling capitalism and is anti the nuclear family. But fans who boo are called racists. What is the truth of the matter? Jane Dow is interviewed to make sense of the kneeling/booing situation.

Head of Football on kneeling saga: ‘Yes we took the kneeling gesture associated with the Marxist BLM group. Yes we used their name as a slogan. But only racists see a link.’

‘The fact we only started kneeling after the Marxist BLM group made it popular is irrelevant’

Mx Cxllum Bott, head of Woke Infiltration and Football in the UK, today denounced football fans who have booed the taking of the knee.

‘These fans are racist fascists,’ he said. ‘How can they possibly think that our footballers are doing anything to support a Marxist group that wants to defund the police, destroy the nuclear family and dismantle capitalism? Yes we are using the same gesture as a Marxist group which wants to defund the police, destroy the nuclear family and dismantle capitalism and we did use their name for a while, but it could not be clearer that our taking of the knee is nothing to do with that.’

When asked how it was clear that the gesture was not to do with the BLM group, given they popularised taking a knee, Bott replied, ‘I won’t dignify this suggestion with a response. We are not Marxists, we identify much more with Gramsci and Hegel and our long march through the institutions is almost…

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BBC apologise for programme that didn’t focus on race

‘Why I love balloons’ did not relate any aspect of balloons to racism, slavery or even trans rights

‘We apologise to minorities and neo-Marxists for not centring them in this short programme about balloons. We will use this as a moment to learn.’

The BBC has apologised for broadcasting a programme about a four year old and her love of balloons that didn’t focus on race.

Won’t happen again

Screenshot 2021 05 06 at 10 17 10A spokesman said, ‘Please consider our exemplary record on inserting race everywhere. Only this week we have discussed race in programmes about rugby, sausages, gardening, perfume and spectacles. This was a rare slip-up. We have already commissioned the four-year old in question to make a seven episode documentary entitled Why I hate my Whiteness to make amends.

Removed from iplayer

The director will undergo a decade of unconscious bias training and we will issue new guidelines that all our programmes must be 50% about cultural Marxist interests. Don’t worry, our campaign to destroy Britain continues, this is merely a small…

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Church of England to replace Bible readings with excerpts from Critical Race Theory #LockdownTrumpet

New liturgy to include ten minute chants of ‘No justice, No Peace’

The Church of England has announced that it is to replace some bible readings with excerpts from critical race theory.

Bishop Hogwash Salton said, ‘I and the Church are institutionally racist, because racism is the trendy reason for any disparities whatsoever between people of different colours. I will therefore be giving my job to a minority and…no sorry, I mean making sure that 80% of all new clergy are minorities.’

Shouldn’t new ordinands by chosen by God not manmade quotas?

‘We know there will be some racists who say that God loves everyone regardless of skin colour, but we need to give him a bit of help to make sure that the right people get chosen.’

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When asked if he realised that Critical Theory was never satisfied and would continue to push for change until the church was destroyed from within, he said, ‘As a neo-Marxist I am delighted to see the Church being destroyed.’ A Press Officer nearby jumped in at this point and said that he had mis-spoken and meant to say ‘As a committed Christian and

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Diverse and Diversibility: Newly discovered novel proves Jane Austen was actually a black woman

Novel found down the back of a sofa in Bath pub hailed as her best work

Thanks to a newly discovered novel it has been revealed that Jane Austen was not the daughter of a clergyman who lived in Bath, but was actually an African woman from Ghana.

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Suspicions

‘We though she might be black,’ Horace Gitt, curator of Austeniana at the British Library said, ‘owing to her skilful use of language that seems quite unfitting for a white woman. The discovery of Diverse and Diversibility really proves that Jane was in fact a black woman from Ghana. This makes much more sense.’

Everyone is a racist

The plot of Diverse and Diversibility concerns a woman who thinks that everyone she meets is a racist. ‘She left behind her nonsense about human relationships and focused on the one issue that matters – finding racism everywhere.’ When asked if it might be a forgery, Gitt said

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Lockdown Trumpet: Actor apologises for acting #wokewatch

‘From now on I will only play myself. The idea of playing other people is outdated and racist’

Actor Jesse Wenkle today apologised for playing a character that wasn’t him. ‘I don’t know what I was thinking, but I have realised the hurt and pain that I have caused by going on stage and pretending to be someone else.’

Insensitive

Actors’ union INEQUITY have condemned him for the years of playing other people and welcomed his apology. ‘Wenkle demonstrates the white supremacy that has allowed him and many other actors to believe that they can play any role. He should stay in his lane.’

Only play himself

 When told that he must only play himself from now on, Wenkle announced that he would produce a biopic about his life. Critics immediately pointed out his white supremacy and privileged belief that his story was of any interest to anyone. ‘He should be telling diverse stories,’ said Felton Degg, lecturer in Labour Party Affairs at the University of Whitstable. ‘And really if he does make a biopic about his own life, then his part should be played by the great Somalian immigrant actor Ismail Golgo-Begg. If Wenkle won’t cast a Person of colour as himself in his own biopic then he is a racist and should be shot.’

Double Standard?

When asked if this was another double standard in the woke ideology – black actors can play white characters but white actors can’t play black characters, Degg said, ‘I won’t discuss this with a racist. Please educate yourself.’

Writing a novel

Wenkle has since said that he will give up acting and write a novel. Activists have signalled that they are ready to complain if there are any characters in the book that the writer has imagined. ‘Rather than reading that,’ Degg said, ‘people should read The Black Queen a reimagining of Elizabeth I as a black woman. A wonderful and most uplifting tale of

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