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3:42pm on Thursday, 3rd May, 2007:

Location, Location


Yesterday, AC Milan beat Manchester United to go through to the final of the European Cup. GMTV got hold of a TV DIY expert (a former winner of Big Brother — gawd knows what his name is, Craig, I think), to talk about how he felt about the fact that Liverpool (where he comes from, the team he supports, and the victors of the previous day's semi-final against Chelsea) would not be facing Manchester United. He said he'd have preferred an all-British final, but Milan had been the better team on the night.

Fair enough.

Hmm, but "all-British" Final? Not "all-English" final, not "all-Lancashire" final, but "all-British" final? I wonder if he would have said the same if it had been Everton they were up against? Or would he have said it was an "all-Liverpool" final?

Given that today is the day of the local elections that could well see Scotland swing towards the SNP, and that the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union (which was two days ago) passed without celebration, describing a possible Liverpool versus Manchester United final as "all-British" seems strangely more inclusive than it would have done 20 years ago.

At least Europhiles can be pleased that Liverpool versus AC Milan is still an all-European final.

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