The new director of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, has set up a commission to consider how to improve English football. Yesterday the only female board member of FA made a public criticism of the commission's composition because it is comprised exclusively of white men. She says that the FA is letting down black and ethnic minority people by doing so. Heather Rabbatts felt she had to make her views public because there had been "a refusal to understand" her position in private.
Well, I don't understand, either.
Is she implying that white men will not consider players on their merit but on their skin colour or ethnic origin? Can she see the irony in her exhibiting the racial prejudice she is condemning? Does she want black and ethnic members on the commission because they will not be biased in any way? Or does she agree with the new sports minister, Helen Grant, that "sports governing bodies must reflect the makeup of the diverse society that we live in "?
I hereby put myself forward for membership of the commission as a representative of those in our diverse society who know nothing about football and have no aptitude for picking good players.
Who could you represent?