Will Quatar Lose the World Cup

It was one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history when the fantastically wealthy Qatar managed to persuade the money grabbing, corrupt FIFA administration that it would be a great place to hold the 2022 World Cup. The small matter of nobody ever watching football in Qatar or it being far too hot to actually play the game properly where of course minor concerns. The practicalities of not being able to play and the local population having little interest where countered by some judicious vote buying.

Anyone and everyone, outside perhaps the upper echelons of FIFA saw the result in it’s true light. A very sad insight into how far the authorities who control the ‘peoples game’ had fallen. It was confirmation for many of us of the rumours of bribery, corruption and fraud which existed in the corridors of FIFA. Most of it was confirmed in full in a report released after pressure from the German Newspaper Bild, who threatened to publish excerpts.

The corruption was on a huge scale, stories like a secret payment of over 2 million dollars made to the ten year old daughter of Brazilian FIFA member Ricardo Teixeira. Other details reported about three senior FIFA figures being shuttled around to meetings in luxury Qatari jet. There’s little doubt that Qatar bought the world’s biggest sporting tournament, yet should it be allowed to keep it in a post-corrupt FIFA world?

Things haven’t really got any better, as far as Qatar hosting the tournament has gone. there’s lots of political instability in the region and many reports of human rights issues in the stadium building. Many people have been killed on the constructions sites and there’s lots of rumours about modern day slavery there. Human rights groups have been repeatedly calling for the tournament to be removed from the country in response to these violations.

The World Cup has a magic which few other sporting tournaments can match. They have the ability to bring huge economic and social benefits to an area, plus the obvious sporting incentives of hosting the tournament. There are football fans across the globe who dream of swapping the evening of watching Match of the Day live from the computer to travelling to somewhere to cheer on their national team. There can be no magic hosting it in Qatar, it’s a stupid place to play football in the Summer and it’s likely only there from bribes and corruption.

Fortunately it seems that the groundswell of opinion of switching the tournament is beginning to take effect. Many reports are now being produced suggesting that it could be moved to somewhere with the existing infrastructure to hold it relatively easily. Places like North america and the United Kingdom have enough stadiums to host the tournament at short notice. Indeed there are many European nations who could either host or share the hosting quite easily.

The latest suggestions have come from a Saudi sports chief who presumably has some connections. It would go a long way to making the public believe that FIFA has really turned over a new leaf.

John Crosswell

Website and Blogger

Who’s Next to Lead New Zealand’s Opposition

It’s an important time in New Zealand politics and many are hoping for something of a new era. The leader of the opposition and previous prime minister Bill English has resigned. He has long been criticised for not having the leadership skills and charisma to take on such an important role and there is some feeling he has been forced out of the position.


There is no real favorite to replace him but here we have identified three of the front runners. To be clear you can get some more information on the New Zealand media sites plus there’s lots of information on the BBC international pages, however to access the BBC iPlayer from New Zealand you’ll need to use a VPN service.

The 3 Former lawyers and Cabinet ministers established their bids yesterday, only one day after Bill English announced the upcoming resignation. Three others are weighing up their options, but of these Mark Mitchell is the more than likely to enter the race. He’s only intrigued in the position of leader, not a deputy, for this competition will be as much about raising his public profile compared to taking the top job probability of taking the top job. To take on difficult and complex portfolios, responsibilities she carried out well under both John Key and Bill English. There’s to take on difficult and complex portfolios, responsibilities she carried out well under both John Key and Bill English capability A lower public profile than the other two might work in her.

A lower public profile than the other two might work in her favor, with the concentrate on the new generation leader in this race. She is socially liberal, but economically describes herself as being in core, heartland National territory. She is not afraid of Judith Collins, which she described as a strong MP and government minister. But Adams adds that the party needs someone to lead the next government, not the next opposition. But he was reluctant to talk in any detail about policy, including any specific issue facing will be the first Mori But he was reluctant to talk in any detail about policy, including any specific issue facing.

This occurred when offered the chance by Morning Report’s Guyon Espiner Mori, an interview still available online as well as on the BBC UK TV site. His use of the 3rd person during his media conference – I am focused on Simon Bridges – made him the object of some ribbing, but he’s popular inside the caucus and has a robust sense of humor. Mr Bridges will give voice to the backbench, the Mr Bridges will give voice to the backbench, the portion of the caucus which has the power of the numbers this term. Amy Adams and her MP: If. Amy Adams and her MP: If somebody going to take a lot more than four to win that is fine, but it is going to take a lot more than four to win.”.

She’s also not scared happy to review her party’s handling of election strategy, with National having won conflicts all over the who’d happy to review her party’s handling of election strategy, with National having won conflicts all over the brand new baby. She’s happy to critique her party’s handling of election strategy, with National having won battles all over the nation appeal to the new, hungry members of the caucus. Ms Collins said National erred when Bill English encouraged voters to cut out the middle man”, in an attempt to marginalise New Zealand First. She’s appeal to the new, hungry members of the caucus, and individuals up throughout the ranks. Her tough talk might appeal to the new, hungry members of the caucus, and there’s no love lost between Ms Collins and some of the more senior MPs.

Confusion in Northern Ireland Politics

It’s sometimes difficult to see political solutions to anything in Northern Ireland particularly at the moment. Many are now talking about the return to direct rule simply because currently there’s no one actually running the province. Of course, this is more of a problem for Sinn Fein than it is for the DUP who in some senses welcome direct rule. The two main parties are so opposed to each other it sometimes seems impossible for there to be any sort of coalition government running Northern Ireland.

Green Party leader Steven Agnew expressed his deep frustration. Again, despite attempts at optics to the opposite, we see the out workings of a talks process which was limited to two parties that have proved time and time again that they can’t deliver, he said. With healthcare, education and everything in Northern Ireland descending into utter chaos, both of these parties have yet again demonstrated weak leadership and inability and unwillingness to take that crucial step forward into the unknown to deliver a peaceful settlement and a functioning Executive. We’ve warned that it’s craziness to carry on doing the same thing again and again and also to expect a different result.

I’m deeply disappointed to have been proven right by the most recent turn of events. I hope that at this point the State Secretary will learn from what’s happened and will now turn into more imaginative solutions which might help to bridge the seemingly impossible chasm between the DUP and Sinn Fein. We trust that the State Secretary will now widen her gaze beyond both of these failed negotiators and will meet to discuss our proposals for a Citizen’s Assembly that could play a vital role in leading Northern Ireland out from the current political impasse. Time to move on’.

These events have been covered extensively in the Irish media and to some extent in the British media. there’s loads of news and information on the Northern Ireland situation on the BBC websites, which you can access ok from the North and the iPlayer is also accessible from the rest of Ireland using this VPN service.

TUV leader Jim Allister said it was time to move on and implement a direct rule. He said: I welcome the fact the DUP has faced some measure of reality. With Sinn Fein never in Stormont to make Northern Ireland work this was a late conclusion to the current unnecessary talks. Nevertheless, they must go further and accept that things can only move forward by fully accepting the demonstrated reality that obligatory coalition may and will never work. This system of devolution is doomed to constant deadlock and failure. Only a coalition of willing has any chance of success. If such isn’t achievable then we need government from the only other place it could come from, Westminster.

British TV is perhaps not the most useful source of information simply because the Northern Ireland situation is often so complex and nuanced however for up to date facts it’s difficult to beat. For those of us interested in Irish politics perhaps the best option from outside Ireland is to invest in an Irish VPN and get access to RTE the Irish broadcaster. However there’s lots of up to date information on UK Television – http://uktvabroad.org/ and there are also the regional programmes broadcast from the BBC.

We need a civil rights movement’. People Before Profit’s MLA Gerry Carroll said there needed to be a brand new civil rights movement. Arlene Foster and the DUP have made plain their unwillingness to enact basic rights for individuals. The talks process failed since the DUP continues to hold the rights of people to ransom. Shame on them.”. The DUP can block the talks, but they can’t stop the growing desire for change among the majority of individuals here.”. 50 years ago a mass movement of individuals power has been put on the street to demand fundamental rights in this state. Now’s the time to rediscover that spirit, and build a brand new civil rights movement. One that may reach across the divide and fight for fundamental rights for the LGBT community, for females and for Irish speakers.