🚨 | NEW: Downing Street has refused to condemn the England fans who booed players taking the knee.
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Gareth Southgate, the England national team manager, has insisted that the players will continue to take the knee. He has suggested that booing signifies racism. He’s a decent man but well out of his lane on this. He has shown loyalty to the players, who are badly advised by their own people, but has completely misread the situation.
Politicians can see where this is going. Euro 2020 (it’s delayed from last summer but the tournament title remains) starts next week. Enagland will play most or all of their games at Wembley Stadium. Crowds will grow as will the booing and the dissent. The Tory Party can be as woke as anything but the politicians have wisely backed the fans. That’s where the upside is.