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17 March 2010

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I hope sir, you are right however I would rather our boys lost 26-31 than drew again. Some fresh blood on the field might shake things up a bit - but I dare say our over promoted sergeant-major is on his last legs. This could be, like his captain, his last game at the helm. I hope Rob Andrew realises he should not be spared the chop too.
I dare say the frogs will turn tail at the first sight of the Rose but a sound whipping might prompt some much needed managerial change.

My Lord,

One can compare the forthcoming match to the American War of Independence. At the time it was a harrowing and traumatic loss, but the defeat spurred us on to India, Africa and Australiasia. Truly the separation of the vile Yanks from the bosom of Empire resulted in a glorious global Pax Britannica and the eventual beasting of Bonaparte!

I view Saturday in a similar light. A beasting in Paris may be briefly painful, but will in all hope provoke the ejection of Messrs Andrew, Wells, Ford and Baron from their posts, and the honourable removal of Johnson from his. We will then be fully equipped to march gloriously onto the fields of Auckland next year, ready to reclaim what is rightfully ours!

Interesting thoughts, chaps. A tactical retreat, as it were? Then Johnson to be cast as rugger's Admiral Byng and shot at dawn by an RFU firing squad?

If it could be guaranteed to work, I'd be in favour; but something tells me the RFU will stick with Johnson until 2011 no matter the scoreline in Paris.

Perhaps our best hope is that a proper beasting at the hands of the French encourages Johnson to do the honourable thing and fall on his sword.

He reminds me ever more of General Freyberg on Crete: a physically brave man wholly out of his depth as a strategist.

Dear Sir,
Should I infer, belatedly I'll admit, from the Admiral Byng mention in the above paragraph that you still read the Guardian's blogs though you won't contribute anymore?
This comes from one of those abominable Frogs who enjoyed reading your flowery prose. I am getting frustrated but isn't it what the British always did to us?
Respectfully yours,
Jacques

I read Rees and Kitson but only occasionally the lunatics beneath the line. Why, was there an Admiral Byng reference? It hardly takes the ghastly Grauniad to inform me of that famous episode in British military history, old bean. I am a man of classical education, remember...

Indeed, I might take the liberty of recommending to you "That Sweet Enemy: The British and the French from the Sun King to the Present". A cracking read, old boy.

Dear Sir,
Thank you so much for recommending a book which, I am sure, must be of the highest interest. I'll get it as soon as possible.
Regarding Byng: Some blogger mentionned the sentence "pour encourager les autres" and was wondering where it came from. Though not really familiar with Admiral Byng and one of the very rare French naval victories over the British, I remembered it was Voltaire (in Candide) who coined the sentence, in a vain attempt to save Admiral Byng's head, when an umpteen Franco-British war was in full swing... Chivalry was not quite dead then.

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