your leader is my leader is our leader?

Okay, so the Government (at last!) has withdrawn the poem The Leader from the curriculum this week. Andrew Miller, who write England’s tour diary for CricInfo, has something to say about this:

There are ways to communicate your message to an alien culture, and then there are ways. If, as the conspiracy theorists have been speculating in the nation’s newspapers all week, “The Leader” was planted in the curriculum by the CIA, then the ploy has backfired spectacularly.

The Americans would be better served picking up a bat and ball, and engaging in a bit of cricket diplomacy instead – for that method is proving a sure-fire winner in the subcontinent at the moment. England came in peace to Karachi this week, and left everyone – from the fans in the stadium to the six-year-olds in the hallway – absolutely ecstatic with their efforts.

On a much lighter note, England team’s effort is described as nothing more than a diplomatic move:

Well done our boys. It’s almost as though they were under Foreign Office orders to surrender the match for the greater good.

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