May 16, 2013

Britons in the D.C. region are thankful to The Post for acknowledging the United Kingdom’s recent futility in the Eurovision Song Contest [“ Eurovision drought feels like a hard day’s slight, ” front page, May 13]. The zero-for-15 slump described in the article is bad enough, but the whole truth is even more horrifying. The U.K. has just one victory in the contest since 1981 (that’s one for 31, for those keeping score). And even that victory, like so many of the defeats, was tainted by politics.  

On May 1, 1997, Tony Blair’s Labor Party won a landslide victory on a platform that pledged to initiate a more positive relationship with the European Union, reversing decades of passive aggression or outright hostility on the part of the British government. Less than 48 hours later, the united European TV community handed the U.K. another landslide victory, this time in the Song Contest. 

The final indignity? That winning entry was performed by an American, Katrina Leskanich. Oh, the humanity! 

Paul Kerrigan, Vienna