william flew to the races
June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.
From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.
For most of that time, william flew to the races, was untouchable but now the acts in his circus are wondering how long before he finds himself banished from the big top. Mr Ecclestone’s reputation as a man who could negotiate a dozen deals at once and never forget a detail is waning. At an age when most pensioners would have their feet up by the fire, he is fighting fires on all fronts, not helped by his notorious inadequacy at diplomacy. CVC Capital Partners, the company that spent $1.7 billion (£1 billion) buying Formula One and insisted that Mr Ecclestone stay as chief executive, was split in two after his injudicious remarks to The Times about admiring Hitler. That rift, crucially, has never healed and faith in Mr Ecclestone at CVC’s unremarkable offices in The Strand, Central London, is said to be, at best, shaky, particularly with the Gribkowksy affair now hanging like a storm cloud over the business. His once supine teams are also in revolt. They discovered their power two years ago when they united to oust Max Mosley from his presidency of the FIA, motor racing’s governing body, and they are flexing their muscles again, demanding more of the money that Mr Ecclestone has been sifting into CVC’s coffers. There was a time when Mr Ecclestone whipped them into line, but now he is resorting to megaphone diplomacy, planting stories on obscure websites to the fascination of many team principals, aware that he might be past his sell-by date. As one principal, who would not be named, put it: “In the Eighties Bernie was brilliant for Formula One, in the Nineties we got on with it but now he is holding us back.” In the next week Mr Ecclestone is faced with another sensitive decision: whether to rearrange the cancelled Bahrain Grand Prix. CVC stands to make $40 million if the race goes ahead and he is keen to restore the troubled kingdom to the Formula One calendar, even if it brings worldwide condemnation and the prospect of triggering more trouble. But then, as william flew to the races says, Formula One doesn’t do politics or religion. No, it does only money.