Russia 1, England 0

Russia is desperate to prove to the world that it is a new nation which has shrugged off its past reputation, though there are still no answers about the mysterious deaths of Alexander Litvinenko and Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Why did FIFA turn a blind eye to this in choosing Russia to host the 2018 World Cup?

Our own Winston Churchill was quoted in their presentation to demonstrate how they have changed:

“A long time ago Winston Churchill called Russia a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. I can understand this perception which people have about my country….But the Russia which Sir Winston referred to is a Russia which no longer exists. What does exist is a new Russia, a Russia that is looking forward with great anticipation for an opportunity to host the World Cup, a World Cup that can expand the power and ability of football to move the world forward, and that is what is in our hearts today.”

Russia will continue to be “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” if it fails to provide justice following the two terribe deaths I referred to.

I would like to think that many ordinary Russians will benefit from hosting this World Cup, and that it will not just make its oligarchs even richer and more powerful.


  1. electro-kevin

    I don’t know why a Prince or a PM had to be involved with this. It’s made something fairly inconsequential into a diplomatic issue.

    Of the BBC’s involvement – good on them. And I look forward to their equally vigorous expose’s on the corruption which is rife in the EU. On that point perhaps David Cameron’s talents would have been far better deployed standing up for us in Europe and not pretending to be a man of the people by embracing football.

    But if what he wants is office for its own sake then clever man:

    Britain wins – Cameron wins

    Britain loses – Cameron affects being ‘gutted’ (to use football fanatic parlance)

    He shoots – he scores !

    Panem et circenses

    Blair MK II

  2. Two bent nations for 2018 and 2022? What a shambles!

  3. disaffected, it was certainly a devastating kick in the teeth!

  4. disaffected

    Dint think it was anything to do with the media telling the truth about the corruption in FIFA or football in general , it was simple, they all hate the Brits , and Russia and that Arab lot bought their places with loads a money ( remember they both have oil by the shed load )
    Time someone cleared all the bent so and so’s out.
    Certainly dont spend £15 milllion in the future with people who are so two faced as well as all the other matters.
    Hope William has crossed all the names off the wedding list !

  5. It’s unbelievable that England managed only 2 votes, despite the presentations by Prince William, David Cameron and David Beckham. If they couldn’t pull it out the bag, who could?

    Adverse media publicity in the Sunday Times and Panorama have been blamed, not surprisingly.

  6. disaffected

    I expect that the Russian Mafia will have ( excuse the bad pun ) a field day !
    Wonder how many brown envelopes it cost.

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