I must admit I’m rapidly losing interest in 2018-World-Cup gate in Nottingham. A few weeks ago Councillor Kay Cutts of the County Council spread her odiousness around the local media, and attempted to unbalance the scheme the City Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council and Forest have been concocting. Of course, it was all about protecting green belt land and not at all to avoid any financial commitment from the recently Tory-fied county council.
As if this brazen and childish political wrangling across the local media wasn’t bad enough, this week the latest rat to desert the rapidly sinking ship of Nottingham’s bid was Rushcliffe Borough Council (also a Tory authority). Basically, without getting into too many of the ins and outs, it’s a mess – and it’s a mess that’s being played out in the national media whilst Leicester and Derby wait in the wings probably to lay claim to a World Cup hosting spot.
Taking all biasedness out of the equation they have less stadium-based infrastructure issues, and don’t appear to have councils comprising of a bunch of school children engaged in a pathetic bout of petty point-scoring from one another. Mark Arthur’s been on a charm offensive to say that the plans are still very much marching ahead – but surely this stream of damaging media coverage is affecting our chances.
And all this without me even opining on what I may think of the proposed move – given the lack of information about a confirmed site, the design of the new ground and all the other multitude of variables that would be a factor, I don’t think that we can – as mere fans – possibly have an informed view. That’s where I leave the matter, to be honest – as things stand I want to stay where we are, but that’s because I know so little about the alternative.
On a completely unrelated note, Derby have been on a further distract-everyone-from-matters-on-the-pitch charm offensive, but quite a nice one I think. They have officially announced plans to have a statue of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor that will be placed at Pride Park in the future. A nice gesture, and well, my views on Forest’s stance on the subject of Peter Taylor are well-documented already.
Good on you Derby. Ooh, that felt weird, I’m off to wash my hands now, but seriously – whilst I realise many of you find it discomforting I will be keeping an eye on proceedings down the A52 on this.
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