Bristol City Council’s frantic fact-free analysis-lite World Cup fantasy PR campaign in the pages of the Evening Cancer, fronted by Eddie Large and supported by an increasing cast of financially ignorant nobodies, continues apace.
Latest news is that the usual suspects among the city’s super wealthy – Venturer John Savage, City boss Steve Lansdown etc – have bounced (surely invited on the basis of their skills and experience? Ed.) the council into “leading” the World Cup bid. Or financially underwriting it as we call it in the real world.
We are of course being promised by the council riches beyond our wildest dreams for hosting and paying for Sepp Blatter’s carnival of cash in 2018. Although so far it doesn’t look like any of the fabulous wealth on offer has trickled down to the council’s bid team just yet.
“Sit back and sample what Bristol has to offer the world should the world be invited to Bristol for the 2018 World Cup,” gushed the Cancer on 30 June launching what appeared to look like the official Bristol bid video. An assumption perhaps confirmed by the video’s conspicuous appearance on Bristol’s new World Cup bid website.
But wait … What’s this on Youtube from April? Why it’s the city’s ‘official’ World Cup video. Only it isn’t. It hasn’t got the snot green World Cup logo and branding and doesn’t mention the World Cup at all. Instead it’s just a typical tourist information promo film about Bristol made by the more-money-than-they-know-what-to-do-with Visit Britain quango.
But just add that all-important green World Cup bid logo and lo and behold we have a World Cup bid video! Is it a subtle reference to the city’s commitment to recycling?