Sunday 17 December 2017

Paddy was just havin' a laugh, then it all went pear-shaped

Bookmaker Paddy Power backed the wrong horse by sucking up to a Korean despot, says Declan Lynch

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

THIS time Paddy just went too far -- literally and in other ways. North Korea turned out to be beyond even Paddy Power's global reach, though it was not for want of trying.

They did sponsor the cross-dressing basketball player Dennis Rodman and his proposed exhibition game for the pleasure of his friend, the despot Kim Jong-Un. But then they pulled out of it because, in Power's own words, circumstances had changed. Which would be a reference to the execution of Kim Jong-Un's uncle for... whatever.

If we are to accept that classic line of corporate understatement -- "circumstances had changed" -- we must take it that the bookies were largely satisfied with the circumstances which they had found in North Korea up until that point, that it had not occurred to them that in North Korea a man can be taken out and shot for no good reason.

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