Letter: Backward logic

ARE LABOUR's spin-doctors so football-mad that they can't tell reality from fantasy ("Carve-up or cock-up?", 5 December)?

If these people are truly "convinced that just as Harold Wilson's 1966 victory came from capturing the euphoric mood of the nation", so too a 2006 English World Cup victory could lead to another Labour election triumph, they must have managed to find out how to make time run backwards.

Wilson won his only clear Labour victory (out of five) during March 1966; England's World Cup victory came exactly five months later in July, followed by an entirely non-political euphoria. Labour's ratings actually dipped in the August 1966 polls, due to bad handling of the July 1966 sterling crisis.