As linked to me by my wonderful girlfriend Anna, this group does indeed exist on Facebook: linky. Now, far be it from me to be judgemental or anything, but that’s just absolutely piss funny. The way in which the internet encourages open forums of public discussion means we get to see people at their absolute finest. No longer do they have to hide behind the walls of their homes, scattered throughout the world and unable to congregate in one place to voice their… “considered” opinions. No, the world of the internets let these wonderful people come together and not listen to things before commenting on them.
For example, this group covers the ‘fact’ that the police are about to ban the wearing of England football shirts in pubs, to cut down on football-based violence in pubs. This story comes from, unsurprisingly, The Sun newspaper. Granted, the first half of the story is heavily weighted in favour of putting forward the notion that England shirts will indeed be banned, but anyone who bothers to read for an extra three seconds will see the actual story. I’m not having a go at The Sun – all papers write stories in this way.
No, I hate people. They’re idiots. The story is about a letter sent to pubs in Croydon, suggesting they instigate a dress code during the World Cup banning all football shirts – a pretty standard rule in a lot of pubs for all of the year, not just at footie tournament time. They also suggest plastic cups and door staff – so why no Facebook groups complaining that the police are banning glass? That all doors will have staff on them from now on?
No. We’ll read a headline and judge from there. It’s the British way. I’ll be wearing my England shirt and George Cross helmet with pride this summer.