Remember when school sports days were being cancelled in an effort to wrap British children up in the cotton wool of "political correctness gone mad"?
As we all know, under Labour competition was driven out of our schools by cultural Marxists in an attempt to ensure nobody suffered hurt feelings and low self-esteem due to heavy losses on the games field.
Of course, like so many stories of seemingly out of control political correctness this was for the most part complete nonsense. In fact, the real problem with school sports is quite different, and has more in common with another ideology than it does with the “political correctness” of right-wing fantasy.
As the Daily Telegraph reports today, two-thirds of pupils admit that “‘the ‘win at all costs’ culture is encouraging them to use unsportsmanlike tactics in PE lessons and inter-school matches”.
Or in other words, to cheat.
The study by the Chance to Shine cricket charity and Marylebone Cricket Club found that 90 per cent of children admitted that their teammates felt under pressure to win whilst playing sport at school. Three-quarters (75 per cent) of the 1,002 children aged eight-16 surveyed also believed their teammates would cheat if they could get away with it.
37 per cent believed their teammates don’t care if they win by cheating and five per cent said they were happy or proud if they had. Only 16 per cent of those surveyed said that their teammates felt guilty after cheating to win.
It’s all the fault of footballers though, according to the Mail.Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.