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Road to Wembley

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Jack Straw's role as head of the committee trying to sort out the Wembley Stadium fiasco is a massive snub to culture secretary Chris Smith, who has blown hot and cold about the stadium, to the detriment of the project. The story is not a happy one. The first question Straw's committee might ask is why £120 million of Lottery money was paid for a site with a ransom strip on three sides - owned by the people who sold the stadium. What a rotten property deal. Second, why is the facility for athletics incorporated in the Foster design being written out of the equation? In the unlikely event of our winning an Olympic Games bid, Wembley would almost certainly be the main venue.Third, why has a so-called national athletics stadium been ordered to be built at Picketts Lock, north London, on a site which is at least 20 minutes' walk from the nearest railway station? Fourth, if the cost of the proposed scheme is too much for the FA and the poor old taxpayer, why isn't finance being supplied through a PFI deal? No doubt Robin Young, permanent secretary at DCMS, is relieved about his promotion to the DTI.

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