That myth seems to be fading now, the triumph of London 2012 perhaps a turning point. Part of it is generational. It’s doubtful that even Andy Murray‘s grandparents were raised with the old imperial expectations of British supremacy and the subsequent disappointment when our sporting representatives failed to match that standard. It took us a long time to adjust to what seemed to be our diminished standing in the world, but now we might have moved beyond such “declinism” altogether. Tellingly, a YouGov survey found it was Ukip supporters – those voters who still perhaps believe Britain’s best days are behind us – who had been most pessimistic about Murray’s chances.