Monday, February 12, 2007
Ah, so I see we are bidding to 'host' the 2018 World Cup. There are two obvious objections: a) we are already showing signs of screwing up the 2012 Olympics and b) our national football team, being the worst in the world, would embarrass us on home turf. The further, non-specific objection is that I am not sure democracies are going to be able to stage such events in the future. Nobody knows what undemocratic China is spending on the 2008 Olympics, but it will certainly be even more - and much much more in relation to the wealth of its population - than we are planning to spend. Democratic populations will learn the cost and will wonder, reasonably enough, whether it is worth paying such monstrous sums for a few weeks of running and jumping or, in the case of football, cheating. Only totalitarian states will be able to get away with it. Oh and, speaking of totalitarians, I see the wiley Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the delicate petals of the football England team against press criticism of their performance. This followed the whining of one Rio Neville about the crowd boos that followed their dismal showing against Spain. Of course, it's all our fault. Why didn't I see that before? 2018? Forget it. Please.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 12:31 pm