IT’S WORLD Cup decision day, and, in a sign of the times, the Guardian’s Irish business correspondent Lisa Carroll asks if Ireland should come to the resuce of the English bid. A bail-out of you like.
“Yes, why not thank David Cameron for his €7bn hand out and join him in his, now hopeless, World Cup bid. The bonus is we’d get a slice of the estimated €5bn revenue England 2018 is reckoning on. Enough to keep the IMF wolves at bay for a few months.”
The bid gathers further support at home such as this enthusiastic poster:
“We couldn’t host a piss up in a brewery and FIFA, what a bunch of @#$% heads.
Beckham hails our media. The British Media, our greatest critics !!
Come to the UK we have it all.
1. Lovely weather (bring the suntan lotion and a canoe)
2. Wonderful transport system London Tube (guaranteed to get you there if the game goes into extra time)
3. Friendly, cheeky local shop-keepers from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Narnia
4. Lovely stadium, Anfield crumbling wreck of a an abandoned bus shelter.
5. Lots to do and see, get mugged, hung, listen to Bjork songs, see the sights.
6. Be sure of a friendly host team, so friendly we’ll lose every game to make you feel at home.
So, can’t see anything standing in our way, unless Susan Boyle sings the National Anthem!”
First posted, Dec 2010