Sir Alex Ferguson is not a man I often warm too. However, what he says about the barracking of Steve McClaren strikes a chord:
“What has happened in the last week is incredible. We have a mocking situation in this country now. Even on television, with that ice-skating programme [Dancing on Ice], the panel mock one another and criticise each other. It’s just a mocking society that we’re in. People are mocked and ridiculed, which is hard to take. Where you apportion blame, I don’t know. Is the press responsible or is that just our culture?"
The answer is both. And bored and revolted though I've become with the bloated industry Ferguson operates in, I share his distaste for the ritualised rubbishing of people, powerful or otherwise, as a new form of spectator sport. Have we become so ungracious that those who falter publically must now be stripped of all their dignity?