If a group of international financiers got together and set up a competition to host their four yearly contest between rival national teams of currency traders you might get something of an approximation to the wealth and power of FIFA, without the glamour of the World Cup.
We would find it quite odd should the Prime Minister, heir apparent, and his gym instructor cancel their appointments to lobby the governing body, particularly if several members were facing serious fraud allegations.
We would be entirely aghast to learn further that for the privilege of hosting this contest various national laws would be suspended, in secret, to protect the organisers from scrutiny and tax. We would treat the BBC documentary that exposed these problems as a welcome service from our free press.
Were we fans of the finer points of currency trading, the magic of extraordinary rewards from very marginal differences in ability and luck, we might be a bit grumpy. I suspect though we would not be calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the English bid as Labour’s Ivan Lewis has done, other than to ask why on earth the PM was involved in lobbying a cartel for a light entertainment opportunity.
Better surely to spend his time looking at what barriers there are to attracting more diverse international investment in the UK business environment? Less of a PR opportunity maybe, unless of course the BBC do a documentary about it.