Monday, 11 December 2006

Welsh World Champions not valued in England

I don’t want to belittle the achievement of 11th-in-line-to-the-throne Zara Philips in winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award but the fact that Joe Calzaghe and Nicole Cooke both got less than 10% of the vote shows that being a Welsh World Champion counts for nothing in England.

Predictably, neither Cooke nor Calzaghe got a fair hearing in the show. Without knowing the demographics of the vote, it would be impossible to say for sure whether the result was a victory for the campaign waged last week by the Telegraph and Daily Mail but it was certainly a victory for the status quo.

Wales was reduced by the BBC, in effect, to the same status as East Yorkshire/Lincolnshire.


Rhys Wynne said...

I don't think much of these 'Awards ceremony's, whether they're for sport/music/acting or for Wales/Britain. I certainly won't lose sleep over the fact that the English prefer to vote for English sportsmen/women.

Do we really need their seal of approval?

Martin Davies said...

No, of course we don't need their approval. Joe and Nicole are World Champions no matter what the English public thinks. I personally believe it's a good thing to honour achievement in sport and culture (as in the Eisteddfodau) but my point here is that the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards amount to sporting and cultural imperialism. It's analogous of Welsh representation on 'national' administrative bodies, implying that our national interests will only be given priority if we are no longer part of Great Britain.