Celebrities in focus is simply not tennis

Much as I have enjoyed the tennis from Wimbledon over the past two weeks, I am not sure if I can take anymore of the BBC’s obsession of panning round the crowd to show us the rich and famous in their expensive seats, though not paying for them.

How annoying it is in the middle of an enthralling, quality game to have your screen filled with a grinning Sir Terry Wogan, or worse his fellow knight of the realm Bruce Forsyth whose beaming, idiotic grin serves only to set my teeth on edge

Sorry, but it is just not tennis, and not the reason I switched on to one of the great festivals of British summer sport.

Even the commentary can be out of kilter with the tennis, for hearing the generally excellent John McEnroe wittering on about cricket in the middle of an Andy Murray match is again not the reason for me switching on.

Mind you Superbrat would be a lively addition to the cricket commentary. All it needs now is for a former First Minister of Scotland to be seen waving a flag when Mr Murray wins the men’s singles on Sunday.

No BBC stick to what you are good at which, in this case, is covering an event in which the best of the best progress to the second week of the tournament, but what a pity the UK only had one representative in either set of singles.

Perhaps the money wasted on the so-called celebrities could be used to promote the game of tennis among our youngsters throughout the land.

But while I am just a little wound up by the patronising pomposity of the BBC the whole issue pales into insignificance when I survey the world of international politics in which there is no statesman of vision at a time when we desperately need someone with a global understanding of what requires to be done.

Instead we have pathetic, even panicky leaders who tell us that they would die rather than surrender to the demands of terrorists.

Our own limited PM is a good example of the poor quality leadership on offer throughout the planet.

Telling us as he does regularly that our way of life in the UK is under threat, and that he will defend it to the end, cuts no ice with me. What I want to hear is a world leader who proclaims the need to understand why our western democracies are so hated by for example the Islamic State. It might even be possible to say we are sorry for some of the blunders of the past, including the Iraq war of 2003. Sadly, such attitudes seem not to have any place on the world stage where there is much rhetoric, but little in the way of substance, and reaching out to all nations is not even under consideration.