David Cameron, you know the one who gets his Villas and West Hams all in a muddle when professing his undying love for a team in claret and blue, obviously wasn't checking the summer fixture lists when plumping for a date to have a Euro Referendum.
Remember David Bowie but Mark Perryman argues with a purpose A cultural icon passes away and the routine of acres of newsprint
The end of history? 2015 well and truly put paid to the age of the smug. Syriza win in January, call the Troika's bluff with
Football's European Championships featuring England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic plus the Rio OIympics and Ryder
That's right, on the eve of England's doomed bid to host World Cup 2018 the bid director took time out to lambast the BBC for investigating FIFA corruption. Five years later with FIFA headquarters raided by police and arrests made the smell of the hypocrisy of English football adopting the role of the game's moral guardian should border on the overpowering. But almost all of this context is lost in the soft target discourse of Blatter-bashing.
Bah! Humbug? Well, not exactly but in a world of not much peace and plenty of ill-will what do you buy for those in your life clinging on to the ideal that the point is to change it? Here's my top ten, not guaranteed to cheer them up mind.
I'm sorry but you won't find here the just-in-time-for Christmas sports autobiography blockbusters. With enough manufactured controversy to ensure blanket coverage when they are launched even a skim read will reveal that on the contrary they tell the reader very little they didn't either know or suspect already.
For many though, whatever the scale of Wiggo, Cav and Froome's achievements as British cyclists, the long shadow of the sport's drug problems remains so impenetrable as to cast such successes in doubt.
No expensive new stadiums and arenas, often to be barely used after the extravaganza is over, sold off or knocked down. In fact no new infrastructure at all, apart from filling in the potholes on the road.
The professionally cautious Roy Hodgson just couldn't resist it could he? 'England can win this World Cup' he declares on