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Robert Fisk: This is politics not sport. If drivers can't see that, they are the pits - Robert Fisk - Commentators - The Independent
When the Foreign Office urges British motor racing fans to stay away from Bahrain, this ain't no sporting event, folks, it's a political one. The Bahraini authorities prove it by welcoming sports reporters but refusing visas to other correspondents who want to tell the world what's going on in this minority-run, Saudi-dominated kingdom.

But what do our lads tell us from the circuit, 25 miles from the Bahraini capital, Manama? Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are only in it for sport. Bahraini repression of its democratic majority? Nothing to do with us, governor. And Sebastian Vettel? "I think it's a lot of hype." Hype? HYPE? The Arab Awakening came to Bahrain a year ago, a majority Shia people demanding a democratically elected government - with a minority Sunni monarch still at its head, for heaven's sake, as generous an Arab Spring as you could find - and it's met with police gunfire, torture and death. And Master Vettel - is there anything left of the old cliché "moral compass"? - claims "it's a lot of hype". What a disgraceful man.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:33:20 PM EST
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Racing drivers are notoriously clueless. I remember seeing an interview with Jensen Button where he admitted he'd never heard of the Spice girls. This was at the height of their fame.

They live in a petrol fume filled bubble and all else is exclued.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 05:23:23 AM EST
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