John Arlott – A Liberal as well as a famous cricket commentator

During the lunch interval on the second day of the first test between Sri Lanka and England (yesterday) the Test Match Special Team reminisced about the man, who along with Brian Johnston, ranks as the greatest cricket commentators. I am of course talking about the late great John Arlott.


The discussion also touched on his Liberalism and him standing as a Parliamentary candidate for the old Liberal Party.

The link above takes you to a fellow Lib Dem’s web site where there is a 1955 10 minute video of a Liberal Party political broadcast which Arlott participates in. It looks and sounds like it is from a log gone age yet many of the Liberal principles and policies that come across are very much still appropriate some 70 years on.