Conceal, don’t feel – the rational under-exuberance at the heart of English sport

English people cannot be entirely trusted with their own feelings. That was the unspoken view of institutions established in the era of empire, when respectable racists saw it the duty of English men to manage the populations of many nations without being corrupted by them.

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Portrait of a bully: Mike Ashley as Tony Soprano

The not-so-wiseguy owner of Sports Direct told MPs little of substance but revealed a great deal about himself.

Sports Direct Executive Deputy Chairman* Mike Ashley finally appeared before the Commons’ Business, Innovation and Skills Committee to answer questions about his company’s employment practices. After a career spent shunning the spotlight, he’s an enigma no more… Continue reading