I like Robbie Williams. I saw him last year at the Etihad stadium in Manchester. The Mrs. and I had a great night. He's a great showman is the ex-Take That singer who has has enjoyed a hugely successful solo career. He's getting hammered today though. Apparently he's agreed to perform at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow this Thursday and the UK's political establishment is fuming. Fuck 'em. Now I'll definitely watch it. I gave up on World Cup opening ceremonies after Diana Ross missed a penalty 4 feet away from an open goal at Soldier Field Chicago in 1994. She never got over it and still wakes up screaming. Stevie Wonder would've buried it. Anyway, Robbie will receive £700,000 for singing. Good man Robbie, nice work if you can get it.

The virtue signallers are out in force today. Stephen Doughty, Labour MP on the Home Affairs committee which is investigating the claims that the Kremlin poisoned the Skripals (they didn't), said it was “surprising and disappointing” that Williams had “agreed to be paid by Russia and FIFA”. Doughty said: “At a time when Russian jets are bombing civilians in Syria, the Russian state is poisoning people on the streets of Britain, as well as persecuting LGBT+ people in Chechnya and elsewhere, let alone attempting to undermine our democracies. I can only assume Robbie will be speaking out on these issues alongside his performance?”

Show him some evidence Stephen. I'm sure Robbie is a reasonable man. Show him how Russian jets are killing Syrians and show him evidence that Russia sanctioned a hit on the Skripals and while you are at it, show him some proof that Russia has influenced elections in the UK. Oh you could choke on the irony. Doughty is doing more by himself to subvert democracy in the UK than the Russian state ever could. He's a leading light in the campaign for a second EU in/out referendum. What an arsehole.

Not to be outdone, John Woodcock MP stuck his oar in, saying: “We all want to support the England team but Robbie Williams is handing Vladimir Putin a PR coup by performing at the thuggish pariah’s opening ceremony just months after Russia carried out a chemical weapons attack on English soil. Yawn. Have any of these assholes ever had an original thought in their empty heads? You won't be surprised to learn that Woodcock too is another remoaner who believes that the 2016 referendum result is illegitimate. Woodcock is a real beauty. He voted against investigating the Iraq war, has always voted for the UK to use military force overseas and voted for more UK/EU integration.

They work for you eh? Bollox. Who the hell are these muppets to demand that Robbie Williams pull out of Thursday's gig? Robbie stated that it's his “boyhood dream” to open the World Cup in front of 80,000 fans in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. “I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance,” he said. Good man Rob, break a leg son. You know I wonder, Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022. Will we see similar pressure brought to bear on artists booked to open the tournament at the Doha ceremony? Qatar has an appalling human rights record right? I bet you the silence will be deafening around Westminster.

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Richie is the host of The Richie Allen Show and has enjoyed a long, and varied, broadcasting career.