Monday, 8 July 2013

Lord Murray of Wimbledon


Or: Lord Cameron of Wherever?
Anyone remember Sir Fred Perry?  I thought not, because Fred wasn’t knighted for winning Wimbledon three successive times back in 1938.  He didn’t even get a *BE.  Perhaps Neville Chamberlain had a better sense of proportion than our current Prime Minister, who is on record as believing that he ‘can’t think of anyone more deserving of a knighthood [than Andy Murray].’ 
I can, but I’m not going to start the list here, because that would be to open up a can of all sorts and sizes of worms. 
I wouldn’t dream of denigrating Andy’s achievement, he’s a superb athlete and may well turn out to be one of the greatest tennis players ever.  But to be awarded a K for being the guy who broke a 76-year record of failure isn’t the marker I’d want to put on my CV. 
Especially if I were to acquire this honour for being the guy who broke the Curse of Cameron.
Still, a Mail headline is worth a few thousand votes, innit?

9 comments :

  1. 4 British wimmin have won Wimbledon since Fred but they don't seem to count. Perhaps Mr Perry didn't get a knighthood because when it came to riding into battle on his charger he buggered off to the US of A.

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  2. My husband has been muttering about this too (or rather shouting at the car radio when the news was on). Sir Bruin doesn't think winning a tennis match justifies a knighthood. I have pointed out that Bradley Wiggins got one for riding a bicycle.

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  3. In fairness Andy Murray has said, "It's a nice thing to have or be offered but I don't know if it merits that." If the truth be known, Tim, I think Andy would be the first to agree with you. But what's a politician to do when Scotland's first minister is waving the Saltire behind your back at every opportunity?

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  4. I got my dates wrong - Fred's third win was in 1936, not '38. So the PM was Baldwin, not Chamberlain. Apologies. The point stands, though.
    Who said politics and sport don't mix? Almost certainly a politician, whilst busy with the mixer.

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  5. There's a good leading article in today's Times saying it is faro too soon for a knighthood for Andy M, and while I am full of admiration for him I think that's right.

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  6. Actually, that looks a bit dodge. Wasn't meant to be. Thank goodness I didn't say mixed doubles.

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  7. Doubles entendres in the mix? Probably not.
    Reminds me of a Ronnie Corbett joke though.

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  8. Should we be giving a Scot an honour? Surely they can have their own by now - "Order of the Scottish Salmond" or something? And isn't this the first time he's looked anything other than miserable?

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