Alex Massie

The Madness of the World Cup

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Well, in as much as it matters who hosts the World Cup, I'd like to see England have it in 2018. It's their turn and they'd do a very good job. But it doesn't much matter who hosts the tournament (though one could argue that awarding Qatar the 2022 tournament would be the best possible argument for lettting Iran build a nuclear bomb).

But, blimey, the tournament does some strange things to some people. Witness Iain Dale:

What a pity it is that the BBC should have disgraced our bid with that Panorama programme on Monday.

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UPDATE: It's Russia. Which is ridiculous but there you go. Just as success would have said precisely nothing about David Cameron's efforts so "failure" means precisely nothing too.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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