Chopped Liver – Money In My Pocket

In the interests of keeping it topical, maximising search terms, and consigning yesterdays poor effort to history as quickly as possible, here is my take on the 2018 World Cup bid process and the likely outcome tomorrow.

First, the BBC Panorama expose of senior members of the FIFA board. The BBC is funded by the people. Is it in the interests of the people that they should potentially scupper the nation’s chances of hosting the World Cup?

Well, if the content is accurate, then I would say, yes. But what about the timing? Is it the prerogative of the BBC to hold a story to cause maximum impact/damage? I would argue probably not. Agreed it is in the interests of the BBC and their journalists to do so – but to deny the nation, the bidders and the accused sufficient time to respond? Dubious.

But all that pales into insignificance when you face the facts identified by this piece of journalism. That is, that the accused members of FIFA appear to be corrupt to the core. I would therefore add that, there must be a huge slice of doubt against those not accused, but perhaps implicated by association – anyone for Blatter?

It is hardly conceivable , is it, that some committee members are able to pocket millions while others are oblivious. No, they are all implicated by association.

So, where does that leave the bid? If you accept the points raised above, then you must therefore accept that the winning bid may well be the one that lined the pockets of FIFA members the deepest, true?

So, if, against all the odds, England were to win the bid – what does that say about the bid? We can only deduce that the British government (yes, I did say British – although it’s only England that stands to gain)and the bid team must have, how shall we put it, bribed the most members of FIFA with the most amount of cash – thank you and good night, say no more, nudge nudge wink wink, a nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse and so say all of us.

uh-uh, not me, guv!


And do we want to be part of that?

Well, I guess the basic truth is this – Power is Greed – whether it be politicians’ Cash for Questions, Cash for Arms, Cash to bribe principles to allow your children into your preferred school or Cash to win a World Cup bid, at the end of the day Power breeds Corruption – it always has, always will – it only becomes an issue when the receivers get found out.

As they just have. And what difference has it made? Well, not much really, except for the fact that I suspect England won’t be hosting any World Cups for a while. And those who stand to pocket the freebies will either pocket the freebies or be replaced by different people with equally large pockets.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps 1, 2 and 3.

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