England 2018 World cup hosts dream ends ?

17 May

England world cup bid

The Daily Mail considers the revenge of a jilted lover to be more important than England’s chance of bringing the worlds largest sporting event to home soil in 2018. England’s world Cup message was “England United. The World Invited”. It would seem a meaningless message to some in the country, intent on destroying our bid for the sake of a few pounds.

The papers £75,000 purchase of an entrapment recording from Miss Melissa Jacobs seems to have put an end to our World Cup bid. The recording was from a private meeting Miss Jacobs had arranged with ex-friend and work colleague Lord David Triesman. It emerged Miss Jacobs had a 6 month ‘affair’ back in 2008 which resulted in kisses and a few playful texts (that Miss Jacobs decided to keep for 3 years). The whole entrapment reeks of nothing but an attempt by Miss Jacobs to get revenge on Lord Triesman (we have no idea what perceived wrong she felt he did to her). What we do know is her desire for revenge (and the Daily Mails willingness to grant it after numerous papers refused to print the story) could cost England its chance of hosting the World Cup in 2018.

Lord Triesman was guilty of saying stupid things in a private conversation with someone he thought was a friend. Miss Jacobs and the Daily Mail are guilty of entrapment (or paying for it) and putting the revenge of a jilted woman above that of the nation and its hopes to bring the World cup to England. I am not a great fan of the Daily Mail. This weekend however it managed to sink even lower than the extremely low standards I held it too. If it was in my power I would put the paper on trial for treason for selling England for a pathetic ‘kiss and tell’.

It would appear the Daily Mail today after getting so much flak from the Public has changed tack and is now blaming Miss Jacobs for ruining our bids chance.

If you wish to complain about the Daily Mail to the press complaints commission then you can do so under;


Editors Code of Practice, article 10: Clandestine devices and subterfuge


i) The press must not seek to obtain or publish material acquired by using hidden cameras or clandestine listening devices; or by intercepting private or mobile telephone calls, messages or emails; or by the unauthorised removal of documents or photographs; or by accessing digitally-held private information without consent.
ii) Engaging in misrepresentation or subterfuge, including by agents or intermediaries, can generally be justified only in the public interest and then only when the material cannot be obtained by other means

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5 Responses to “England 2018 World cup hosts dream ends ?”

  1. Toque May 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    The Mail are a disgrace and should be boycotted.

  2. fiale May 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Thanks for the link – tweeted. Cannot remember the last time I was so angry over such a non story.

  3. Toque May 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    You’re left asking, “what is the point of the Daily Mail publishing this story, other than to screw England’s chances?”

    Who cares about this girl or this has-been politician?

  4. fiale May 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Yes. The Editor will probably get away with this (I see they are back tracking already) – but to me it was sabotage for no reason other than a quick sensationalist buck on the back of a dead story.

    When Miss Jacobs and David Triesman are long forgotten (the whole of a week or two) the Daily Mails action will still be in people minds. I hope it really hurts them the only place they care about.

  5. Francine Meeks May 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Hehe am I honestly the first reply to your great read!

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