So Russia won the 2018 World Cup bid and all we're left with is the comical display of Britain's populist rags pulling their hair out in OUTRAGE.
Blame the lefty BBC! Change the rules! It's all a fix! Russian crooks! We were the best! From the Daily Mail to the Sun and from Masturbating Daily to the Express, it's all rage rage rage.
But the best demolition of World Cup-related populist delusion comes from this excellent article at Macondo Sunsets. Try this snippet for starters:
"If you think these big events give economies a boost, think again. [...]Down pat.
Bread and circuses don't save the day. Just ask a now-bankrupt Greece. The Athens Olympics were only six years ago. And although the Olympics served to temporarily tranquillise them and make them forget the state of the economy, they soon woke up again. The British will too. Good luck to the Russians-they'll need it once Blatter and his partners are done chucking all the sacks of roubles into the truck..."