THEY’VE already made history.
Now immortality is in their grasp.
The Lionesses will make their first-ever World Cup final appearance on Sunday[/caption]
We always knew they would waltz past the Matildas. In the end it was more of a quickstep.
Commiserations to the Aussies and even their Pom-baiting fans.
Unlike with their men’s cricketers there was no monsoon nor dubious chicanery to rescue them.
Could there be any sweeter revenge than this for the Ashes? Honestly, we’re stumped.
For the losers, then, a consolation vegemite sandwich. For our superstars, a mouth-watering showdown with Spain.
But win or lose in Sydney on Sunday, we’ll always know this:
We conquered the land Down Under. Our girls tore theirs asunder.
A fair result
COVID was a catastrophe for many kids’ education and life chances — none more than those getting A-level results today.
The pandemic wrecked their GCSE years. The first truly meaningful exam these teenagers will ever have sat was an A-level paper this summer.
Yet this is the same cohort also being hammered by much tougher marking to reverse the rampant grade inflation during Covid when teachers determined results, often too generously.
That adjustment IS vital to maintain standards and the exams’ credibility.
But the timing for this year group is dreadful.
The best of luck to them this morning.
A large chunk of their schooling was wrecked by a global plague.
Employers and universities must remember that . . . and give them a break.
THE sickening travesty of justice over Andrew Malkinson grows ever more appalling.
We now know this innocent man, who wrongly served 17 years for rape solely on the “evidence” of two crooks, could have been cleared as long ago as 2007.
Forensic scientists found DNA on the victim from another man’s saliva.
The CPS and police knew but did nothing. Even the Criminal Cases Review Commission later fretted over the cost of retesting the samples and decided there was “nothing to be gained”.
There was for poor Mr Malkinson.
What about the cost to him? Betrayed by the negligence and indolence of these state bureaucracies, he spent another 13 gruelling years behind bars for a horrific crime he did not commit.
The Sun is rarely keen to demand public inquiries.
But all those officials who slept soundly despite evidence they had put the wrong man in jail should be exposed and fired.