I wrote this weblog for Global Voices thinking it would be a sports story. It’s fast becoming a political one. We have quickly moved to the shoot the messenger stage:
If Australia has a national religion, it is sport in all its forms. The shared obsession is being sorely tested at present. Allegations of illegal drug taking and match-fixing, linked to organised crime, have brought an avalanche of moral outrage and a cascade of clichés online. Will saints become sinners?
It didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to decide that the government had released the report to deflect publicity from itself. I favour the alternative: Pope Benedict has fallen on his sword to save Aussie sport.
Time to read/reread the report. Wonder how many of the commentariat have done that?