There's a hysterically funny (in a gloriously unintentional way) article in the Spectator today, in which Kate Chisholm makes a disastrous attempt to poke fun at Nicola Sturgeon for a "gaffe that everyone missed". There's a good reason why everyone missed it, because she's talking about the fact that Sturgeon was quite understandably mystified when an English radio interviewer asked her about "the big game", without specifying that it was an England women's football match.
"It’s lucky for her there’s no election just around the corner. For a woman who claims to be not your usual style of politician, who listens to her voters, she revealed a surprising lack of nous, of being out of touch with what ‘ordinary’ folk are interested in. How could she not have heard about the match? Had she not realised how big women’s football has suddenly become, headlining the back pages and the news streams day after day in the past few weeks?"
Would that be the English back pages? And the English news streams? As opposed to the back pages and news streams in Scotland - you know, the country that Nicola Sturgeon wants to be independent, and is currently First Minister of? Isn't it just possible that the kind of people who vote SNP will be forgiving of Sturgeon for being "out of touch" with the preoccupations of ordinary people in an entirely different country? I mean, is the Spectator going to start savaging David Cameron for being clueless about the fortunes of the French handball team?
Let's just hope that political magazines don't get punished too severely for being woefully out of touch with their Scottish readers.
To be fair, I did notice a little bit of Scottish interest in the women's World Cup on my Twitter timeline, but probably only a minority of those people were actively supporting England. As for myself, I watched parts of the semi-finals and final, mostly because I went to all of the women's Olympic matches that were played in Glasgow three years ago, and I've maintained a degree of interest since. But I was fairly neutral as far as England were concerned, and if anything I was mildly relieved when they went out, simply because the Anglocentric media reaction would have been so unbearable if they'd won (as the Spectator have just helpfully demonstrated).