@Honor Cockroft via The Briefing Whatsapp group
“Women’s football has experienced gradual growth since the ban on women’s play was overturned. Now that the women have surpassed the parallel level of the men’s sport by winning the Euros, I believe we’re going to see some substantial change. We need both men and women to go to home games and support their local teams.”
“It will change the mindset of the English population to women’s football. However, whilst the result is impressive, considering the women’s recent performance and gradual improvement, the women’s game is not the same as the men’s game. The men’s game is the world’s game. It is followed passionately by billions.
“So whilst it is an excellent result, you demean the men’s game by even calling it remotely equal.”
@Linda Dolata, London N2:
“SIR – I stopped watching football years ago (much preferring rugby), but the women’s Euros final was a game of flowing passes and shots on target, which reminded me of the game I used to follow.
“They have won me over, and I will follow their progress from now on.”
“Absolutely brilliant result! I was four years old when the men’s English football team won against Germany. As a young girl, I was banned from playing in any football team because ‘girls don’t play football’. These women have shown what a load of cobblers that was.”
Penny Mordaunt backs Liz Truss
Penny Mordaunt has backed Liz Truss’ bid to become prime minister, hailing her as the “hope candidate”. The trade minister – who came third in the Tory leadership race – believes Ms Truss has the “graft and authenticity to win”. Readers were sceptical of the timing of Ms Mordaunt’s move, with many suspecting that backing the most probable winner would secure her a Cabinet position.
“Penny Mordaunt has proven to be a fair weather supporter. That she has taken this long to support Liz Truss, coming out only now it is clear which way the wind is blowing but suddenly sounds so definitive, confirms everything I suspected about her. Liz Truss should be very wary of Ms Mordaunt. She’s a phoney with a good tongue:- the very essence of what makes politics so awful.”
“Liz Truss has grown in stature, whereas Rishi Sunak has done the opposite. It is one of the worst times in our history to become PM, and with only two years to prove the Conservatives can deliver on their manifesto promises. If Ms Truss wins, and I hope she will, I wish her all good luck for herself and more importantly, for our country’s future.”
US dawn strike
The US assassination of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists and a key architect of the September 11 attacks, in a drone-strike in Afghanistan had our readers divided. Some praised the attack, saying it brought justice, while others questioned the coincidental timing of the attack and the political motive behind it.
“They can run, but they will eventually be found. Some justice for the dead and injured after 21 years.
“The assassination of Ayman al-Zawahiri was an easy decision (and win) for Joe Biden, handed on a platter by the CIA and military. There was no difficult decision-making or pondering here, no matter what the White House or media tried to make it look like.
“Nevertheless, it is still very unlikely that this will help Joe Biden in improving his dismal image domestically and the midterm electoral massacre that awaits the Democrats.”
“The timing of this just before the midterms cannot be a coincidence?
“The hand wringers in Washington must have decided this was, on balance, justifiable now to counteract a catastrophic election result.”
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