Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Praise good behaviour

Jeremy Hunt has had to apologise after commenting that the terrible problems of "Heysel and Hillsborough in the 1980s seem now to be behind us". He was referring to the behaviour of the English fans at the World Cup, so the inference was that Liverpool fans were not behaving well. As bad behaviour played no part at Hillsborough it was natural that the relatives of those who were killed and those who were injured should feel insulted.

I do not think any insult was intended. He remembered footballing disasters and related it to the the English fans in South Africa. It is definitely thoughtless, but to equate thoughtlessness with insult is not quite the same thing even though people in Liverpool may disagree.

In the meantime let's not forget that English fans have behaved well and congratulate them for doing so. It is very easy to forget to praise good behaviour and very easy to condemn bad behaviour.

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