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