Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Knee-jerk politics

Forget the pointless briefing and sniping which passes for political rivalry in the UK. We need Bolivian-style political retribution.

More specifically, the Bolivian President, Evo Morales, was playing a football match against a team of political rivals. When one lunged in with a late tackle and gashed his leg, Evo retaliated with a knee to the groin.

Morales, 50, a former Aymara llama herder and coca farmer, is not known for indulging critics, let alone people who foul him. He walked up to Cartagena, indicated his wound, then kneed him in the groin. The player collapsed, prompting audible whistles from spectators.The match swiftly deteriorated into a bad-tempered, foul-filled contest which arguably mirrored the Andean country's combative politics. By the end, the match drawn at 4-4, two players from each side had been sent off, including Cartagena and one of the president's bodyguards.

Makes me nostalgic for the Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott Knock-out (which I thought was well deserved). Evo would thrive in the Stoke City or Arsenal teams.

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