Play by the rules

Daily Mercury - - YOUR SAY -

POLITI­CIANS, es­pe­cially Pres­i­dent Trump, should take some ad­vice from the coach's play book.

One of the first points that you need to un­der­stand is that if you have a 'Big Vic­tory' then you ac­tu­ally have to win.

Get­ting 197 while your op­po­nent gets 223 (at last count) is just as big a win as you can't get.

It's a vic­tory in the same way that re­treat is an ad­vance to the rear.

Coaches who work with chil­dren teach them game skills but more im­por­tantly they em­pha­sise what it means to play prop­erly.

Some of the prin­ci­ples that many politi­cians seem to have for­got­ten in­clude:

■ Win­ning is not the most im­por­tant thing in a com­pe­ti­tion – do­ing your best is.

■ The um­pire is al­ways right – al­ways, you can't fire them or get them to re­sign if you don't like their de­ci­sions.

■ Play fair and re­mem­ber who is on your team and who is on theirs – don't suck up to the op­po­si­tion.

■ Call­ing your op­po­nents names is dis­hon­or­able.

■ Ac­cept the re­sult grace­fully – don't cre­ate 'fake scores' or 'vic­to­ries' to tell your fam­ily.

Chil­dren learn th­ese rules eas­ily and there is al­ways the play­ers bench for those who can't play well to­gether. Maybe

a red card sys­tem could be in­tro­duced to pol­i­tics.

Den­nis Fitzger­ald, Box Hill

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STAND­ING BY HIS STATE­MENT, MR TURNBULL LEFT THE PAR­LIA­MENT AF­TER HE WAS TOP­PLED, BUT HE’S FAR FROM GONE QUI­ETLY.

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