22 July 2010


Remember how The Sun suddenly came out in support of the Tories during the Labour Party conference last year? Today, and doubtless entirely coincidentally, The Independent reports:

Plans to reserve more of the so-called sporting "crown jewels" for free-to-air broadcasting was [sic] shelved yesterday until at least 2013 by Hugh Robertson, the sports minister.

The decision means that the rights to show the next home Ashes cricket matches between England and Australia in 2013 will continue to be held by Sky, despite the recommendation of a review by David Davies, the former FA chief executive.

It also means that Scotland's qualifying matches for the European (football) championship will be absent from the terrestrial channels.

And so, in return for a headline or two, Her Majesty's Government has sold out the British sporting public to the dirty digger.

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