RWC 2011 is the International Rugby Board’s party

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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3rd September, 2011
It seemed like a good idea at the time. There was even a bit of dancing in the streets. But could it be that the Rugby World Cup is actually the most effective anti-National tactic Labour ever conceived (even if it didn’t mean it that way at the time)? The prize secured in 2005, with wholehearted Labour Government backing, has come to fruition at an absolute pig of a time, in fiscal and economic terms. Ticket sales are underwhelming because travelling to the end of the Earth for a sports tournament is a massive luxury in the post-credit crisis world. The Reserve Bank has complained the economic ...

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