New Zealand’s Darkest Hour & Canadian Politics

When I was in Form 5 and studying for my O Levels (and 6 months of never-ending exams), my beloved Windies cricket team went on tour to New Zealand after drubbing the Aussies 2-0. What ensued was a travesty of justice, unruly behaviour and among one of the most acrimonious cricket series ever played.

Fazeer Mohammed does a good job of capturing the sentiment in this article at Cricinfo.

Earlier on this year, we witnessed the debacle of the Aus/Ind test in Sydney. However, that test had nothing on the Dunedin test in 1980. I recall Kiwi commentators in shock as to the quality of the umpiring and their bias towards the home team. What is difficult to capture (in said article) is Umpire Godall’s subsequent diatribe against a furor he initiated, and was he never contrite about his clearly biased actions.

This unfortunate incident reminds me of the what is currently at play in our Canadian Parliament. A Parliament that was supposed to work hard and play fair. After the clearly partisan Economic Statement was delivered to House that precipitated the current prorogation, what ensued (pardon the cliche) “was not cricket” and every player took actions that were questionable in the eyes of the public and our trust of politicians.

This series was one of the early points in the debate for neutral umpires – that is now a requirement of the international game. With minority Parliaments the norm, maybe Canadian politicians can take a cue from the cricketing world and learn play fair and stick to their task.

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