England scored a humiliating two votes for its bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2018 (and one of those belonged to the chairman of our bid campaign). It was a truly outstanding example of the disconnect between how we perceive ourselves and how others see us.
The Business Visits and Events Partnership wrote recently to the Prime Minister urging support for securing big international events in the UK. Mr Cameron could do worse than advise the ditching of the Captain Mainwaring arrogant Little Englander approach.
Where were the legacy arguments that helped London clinch the 2012 Olympics? Where was the plan for the infrastructure? Of course, Lord Triesman’s ill-advised comments about Russians and part of the UK media’s arrogant attitude towards Qatar didn’t help.
The World Cup is no longer reserved for the big countries in Europe and the Americas. It is the same with big international events. The UK needs to up its game if it is to move up from its relatively low International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings. Getting an International Convention Centre for London was one major victory for the industry last year, albeit the investment was from the Gulf.
I suppose a modern transport system is out of the question Mr Cameron?