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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
  Tories admit little chance of winning (2-0 down)
Michael Howard the Tory leader has said that his party is now 2-0 down at half time. I am told that on an analysis of last season's Premiership and Football league games there were 214 games in which one side was 2-0 down at half time. In only 5 instances did the side losing at that stage win. It is rumoured that on each of those occasions it was against Southampton, but no-one has sourced that rumour.

What Howard actually said was:
"I am a football fan. You often find if you are a football fan there is a team that might be two goals down at half-time, [but] they win the game."

So "often" is 2.3% of the time.
 
Comments:
I did wonder how often that happened myself. Apparently, it has happened a grand total of twice in this season's premiership so far, so Howard is being rather economical with the truth.
 
The last time was only 10 days ago when Aston Villa gloriously defeated... Southampton 2-3 after trailing 2-0 at half-time. However, I can find no instances in the history of the game where a team has been losing as drammatically as the Lib Dems are at the moment and coming through to win. Did anyone see Charles Kennedy on the Jonathon Dimbleby programme last night? Even the Lib Dems in the audience seemed aghast! A real rabbit in the headlights when quizzed on ANY detail of Lib Dem policies. Truly embarrasing.. even I was cringing for him. Stick to the comedy shows Charlie.
 
I thought the LDs WERE a bunch of comedians.
 
You know John, the real problem with applying footballing analogies to politics comes when you start looking for the Lib Dems and find that they're not even in the same competition as Labour and the Tories.

Still if this general election really were a game of football, at least we know exactly what positions you'd play..

Left Back (in South Yardley) and Right Back (where you started).
 
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