And what's more, Ron
But while most pundits were reaching for the book of superlatives, and praising Ms Raducanu for her achievement, others were either hoping that no-one looked too hard at their previous utterings, or frantically trying to reinvent them, so as to appear that they were in her corner all along. In the former category was former Brexit Party Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, who offered his congratulations.
Yes! COME ON!! Er, Piers who?
What Mr Thirsty hoped no-one would notice was that Ms Raducanu is of Romanian and Chinese heritage, and was born in Canada. Farage infamously told anyone who would listen that he wouldn’t want to live next door to, er, Romanians. But his was a mere bit-part, compared to former Screws and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan.
Morgan, who is famous only for knowing famous people, and whose sporting achievements extend no further than being a season ticket holder at Arsenal FC, was characteristically keen on not merely congratulating Ms Raducanu, but telling the world that he had a part in her victory, even though this proposition is complete crap.
When Ms Raducanu was forced to retire from her fourth round match at Wimbledon after experiencing breathing difficulties, Morgan scoffed “McEnroe told the truth. Ms Raducuna’s a talented player but couldn’t handle the pressure & quit when she was losing badly. Not ‘brave’, just a shame. If I were her, I’d tell my fans to stop abusing McEnroe, & seek his advice on how to toughen up & become a champion like he was”.
Hiding behind John Mac and spelling her surname wrong. And as one Tweeter pointed out yesterday, “McEnroe’s comments were taken out of context. What he also said: ‘Maybe it’s not a shame this has happened right now when she is 18, I played this tournament at 18 and in a way I was happy I lost. I was able to understand what it would take to make it.’ He wasn’t wrong was he?” Also, Morgan accused Ms Raducanu of choking. Baselessly.
But even last July, Morgan was gearing up for the all-important process of basking in someone else’s reflected glory. “I trend all yesterday for saying Emma Raducanu couldn’t handle the pressure of her Wimbledon match which is why she quit … Then Emma tweets that she couldn’t handle the pressure”. We’re on first name terms already.
Brutus Moriartus, this man is a bit of a crawler
Then came the reinvention of reality as Ms Raducanu won. Had he had a bad day? “A bad day? I've been totally vindicated. She took my advice and won”. It got worse. “Imagine if [Emma Raducanu] had taken Twitter’s advice & carried on ‘bravely’ and ‘heroically’ quitting and losing… thank God she’s made of tougher stuff & realised that winners don’t quit & have to learn how to handle the pressure. That’s why she’s Champion today”.
Who is this Twitter of whom he speaks? Who knows, and, indeed, who cares? Once again, Piers Morgan is unable to admit he called it wrong last July and didn’t know what he was talking about. Honesty is clearly for losers. The sickness of our media class laid bare.
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