I am delighted by news that the UK will not be getting the World Cup.
I am not being a spoil sport – I rather enjoy football, and for better or worse have been a follower of Ipswich Town for 40 years.
But there’s not a shadow of doubt that the demands for tax exemption made by FIFA for what is, let’s be candid, a private sporting event undertaken for profit, were ludicrous and open to considerable abuse which left South Africa considerable out of pocket and might well have done the same to the UK.
That’s why I am delighted. This is a burden the UK did not need to suffer.