I am always fascinated when politics appears in places it does not normally intrude.
Earlier this week The Times had an interview with the former Southampton and England footballer James Beattie, last seen as a somewhat unsuccessful manager at Accrington Stanley. He talks about the sacrifices his father, a lorry driver, made for the Beattie family before he was stricken with cancer:
"All he could think of was to try to get to 65 for the pension. But he passed away two days before his 65th birthday. Mum never got the pension. Scandalous. He's been paying contributions all his life and then it disappeared. I try to remember him as a person before the cancer: the dad taking me here, there and everywhere for swimming".
Quoted in Henry Winter "When Rooney and I started, England was full of cliques", The Times, 25 May 2016.