Setting aside the politics of the RWC – and I think DPF’s column was a balanced summation – there are three key points:
1. The first week has been great.
2. There are five weeks to go – it’ll get better.
3. Go the mighty All Blacks!
Farrar – “Pundits, such as myself, were predicting that the Rugby World Cup would be a politics free zone.”
You wouldn’t be being a tad disingenuous there would you David? Everything is political, especially two months out from an election. You’d be crazy as a Labour MP not to try to make political capital out of the transport debacle. Lucky we had Len Brown to blame.
Perhaps you were being a little political yourself, by proposing a Gentleman’s agreement to keep the politics out of the RWC, whilst knowing full well that a Gentleman’s agreement is strictly a Conservative construct.
Oh my, this new setup looks like a disaster waiting to happen. I read that the wharf is only 2/3 the size of the original party central and that rather than 10,000, the area is only really suitable for around 8,000. Poor lighting, leading to crime of all sorts, no way of keeping an accurte headcount, security issues (after the 140 guards added to the train system, there are no more left!), the fencing on the wharf being inadequate and able to be toppled by a rush of as few as 100 people.