About McPherson's Rant


McPherson’s Rant is an old Scots Folk Song about a Robin Hood Type Character who was hanged.

There is no connection, unless you count the “rant” part.  The world’s a strange place and sometimes a “rant” at absurdity and unfairness is just what’s required.

Here you can expect to find examples of stupidity, irony and idiocy , especially relating to Hong Kong, and with particular attention to the SCMP, and its’ letters page. A common problem with many blogs is their failure to find something new to say, I find the SCMP, and it’s letters page, provides plenty of ammunition on a daily basis and will reference them frequently. If you have your own letter not getting published, put it on our comments section.





It’s not easy being crap at sports…

It’s not easy being crap at sports, you really have to work at it, especially when blessed with a glut of talent.
As the world cup approached I took to posting a few jokes on my facebook page to wind up my English friends, always an easy task, a few phrases like this one from comedian John Bishop:
“Being an England supporter is like being the over-optimistic parents of the fat kid on sports day.”
“Snow White was returning from town to the cottage in the forest where she lived with the 7 dwarfs. In the distance she could see smoke, then as she got nearer she realized that her cottage had burnt down. Frantically, Snow White searched the forest for the dwarfs, then she heard a a lone voice saying, ‘England for the World Cup, England for the World Cup, England for the World Cup. On hearing this chant, Snow White gave a gasp of relief as she knew that at least Dopey was safe.”
Or even: What do you call an English fan with a bottle of champagne after the rugby world cup final?

Strangely, quite a few of my aforesaid English mates, have had their sense of humour surgically removed and are still very sensitive after the operation. One mate was moved to retort: “At least we’ve won something.” True, one Soccer world cup and one Rugby world cup, for the nation that invented and codified both games, but is it fair to draw a comparison between the two countries, one with a population of 60 million, the other with 5 million? ( Yes I know New Zealand has 3 million)

Lets be clear here, I am not English bashing, being a Scot I have a sober sense of expection, unfortunately, even that low expectation is generally thwarted by Scotland’s ineptititude at both codes, an ineptitude borne from pathetic participation in sports generally in Scotland. In fact the very few successes Scotland have in Rugby have been upset or shock results, more often than not against England, a common theme in Celtic nations when they face the ‘auld enemy.’ A grand slam in 1990 and shock wins in 1999 and 2000 to deny English slams, as well as a brace of wins against South Africa and Australia, are the highlights of the last 30 years!  But it can be said that given their rather small population, their rather unhealthy lifestyle, Scotland has somehow managed to punch above their weight over the decades, however, even that seems to be on the wain.

But what are we to make of England’s consistent underachievement? They have the largest player base in world rugby and they have the best football league in Europe, so the answer  can’t be structural, well in the case of the idiots that run the RFU, they are dysfunctional, but the league structure is very competitive.

Is it the national psyche?  And here I am referring to the UK as a whole.  Westwood, Andy Murray, Jimmy White, Colin Montgomery, all glorious under-achievers yet were or are at the pinnacle of their sports.  Is it our appreciation of the underdog that undoes us?  Is it the way we revel in glorious defeats, Charge of the Light Brigade and Eddie ‘the eagle’ Edwards writ large across our collective sporting history.

Every country can breed winners, but it seems the Brits lack that final 1%, the mental toughness, that turns a contender into a champion.  Nick Faldo had it but the Brits didn’t like him, Colin Montgomery didn’t and eventually became the countries favorite woolly jumper.

I am not offering a solution, merely positing a truth that deserves serious exploration.  The simple fact is England specifically,  should have more sporting success but continually fail to satisfy their adoring and long suffering fans。And it is down to individuals and teams not performing to their best on the national stage.

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