On Mortality And Football


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. richard says:

    Frankly, given the disgusting tweet you apparently aimed at Louise Mensch, I find it astonishing that you can author an article with the word “morality” in the title.

    And no, I’m not a Tory.

  2. richard says:

    Ach! mor-t-ality :-(

  3. Dunduks says:

    People are mortals. They die. And, as said by Bulgakov some time ago – the biggest problem isn’t that people die but they die suddenly. So people die suddenly. And all people die earlier or later. It’s normal. It’s ok. Therefore I can get what the fuss about Speed, Muamba and Morosini. Maybe they didn’t read Bulgakov?!

    “Football isn’t a matter of life or death, it’s much more important than that.” And nobody stops business or makes mass hysteria when some worker dies.

  4. Richard says:

    To be honest RICHARD, I don’t see how likening someone to cat diarrhoea could be fairly construed as “immoral” or “misogynistic”, as L. Mensch suggests. At worst, it’s pretty impolite.

  5. elliott says:

    Dunduks – you ice cold capitalist! You are correct that the world keeps spinning even when one person dies, but that doesn’t necessarily decrease the value of that person’s life or contributions to society.

  6. Ian says:

    Hello everybody, and thanks for your comments. I rather thought that Twitter – ironically – would be the best medium for this “debate” (such that it is), but apparently not. So, I’ve copied and pasted what I had to say on the subject of *that* tweet on Facebook last night (with a couple of amendments for my incompetent spelling):

    So, yesterday evening during an episode of Channel 4 News in which she was defending the indefensible in the form of The Sun, I tweeted the following: “Just had a brief conversation that ended, “Diarrhea in a litter tray, Louise Mensch, same difference.”

    And then today, I saw an article on this particular MPs new crusade against the sexist abuse that she receives on social media. With this in mind, allow me to clear a few things up, on the off-chance that any confusion arises over this over the next few days:

    1. I (or rather “we”, since this was a conversation that I was having with Kate) would have had no hesitation in offering the same criticism of any members of the current cabinet in the same way, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or race.

    2. The message was not sent to her (ie, as an @ reply) – which can only mean that she therefore has her name set up as a search on her Twitter client and is merely collecting together anything derogatory said about her, which is the equivalent of over-hearing a conversation in the pub. This is obviously and clearly a completely different matter to Tweeting abuse or threats to her directly.

    3. If she didn’t defend the likes of Rupert Murdoch and The Sun on national television, I might consider her to be worthy of a few less of the characteristics of the substance referred to in the aforementioned Tweet. The notion of someone on live, national television defending a media empire that has acted in the way that we know this one to have systematically acted over the last few years is offensive to me.

    4. In any case, both Kate & I consider diarrhea to be gender-neutral and this tweet didn’t even contain any swear words (although a list of swear words that I would consider directing at any Conservative or Liberal Democrat MP to their faces is available upon request).

    Thank you for your time.

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