SHEDNOTES 105: The Mourinho factor in the election

As noted before, The Shed has especially enjoyed Marina Hyde on the election and we hope nobody missed her comments at
She observed among other things:
“Neither of the main parties in this election really wants to win – they just don’t want to lose.
“Future historians may have greater visibility on the exact moment when the holy grail of British electioneering became the absence of risk. But I think it’s fair to say it had already passed when David Cameron started making speeches in empty cowsheds. It is now politic not to meet the voters.
“Reading an excellent article by my colleague Jonathan Wilson, I was struck that the rules of modern south-of-the-border electioneering have already been codified – in Diego Torres’s biography of José Mourinho, of all places.
1. The game is won by the team that commits fewer errors.
2. Football favours whoever provokes more errors in the opposition.
3. Away from home, instead of trying to be superior to the opposition, it’s better to encourage their mistakes.
4. Whoever has the ball is more likely to make a mistake.
5. Whoever renounces possession reduces the possibility of making a mistake.
6. Whoever has the ball has fear.
7. Whoever does not have it is thereby stronger.”

She commented:
“We have thus far endured not 90 minutes of soul-crushingly unwatchable defensive play, but almost four weeks of it.”
The Shed goes along with that and that’s our political thought for this post.

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