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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel

Re: "Patriotic vitality", Letters, June 24.

JC Wilcox blames the demise of English football on the lack of patriotism brought about by socialist policies. England won the football World Cup in 1966. The demise in the manufacturing industry under Margaret Thatcher turned the UK into a service-industry state led by an unscrupulous banking community. Thatcherism has been the vogue ever since, even during the time of "New Labour" and Tony Blair (Thatcher without the handbag).

The massive sums paid for players by foreigners who own the top clubs in England has held back the development of English football players.

Richard Bowler

Bangkok


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