However the argument that investigative journalism should be restrained out of patriotic interest is in itself suspect. If we had won the nomination through a corrupt process, then how could we then be proud of the outcome? England offering a friendly against Thailand in exchange for a vote is as corrupt in my book as a brown envelope stuffed with cash to a FIFA representative.
The exhaustive ballot process is also inefficient and suspect. I noticed that in the vote for the 2022 tournament Qatar actually lost a vote between two stages. Use of the Alternative Vote would stop all attempts of later stage tactical voting, as the losing country's votes would automatically transfer to later pre-registered preferences.
Given the total lack of confidence many nations (at least of a democratic variety) now have in FIFA, it is time for English football to replicate its own previous rebellion when the leading clubs rebelled against the Football League and set up their own tournament.
Surely it is time the English FA formed a World Premiership tournament to take place in England during one summer when the Olympics and World Cup will not be taking place - perhaps in 2013? We already have the stadiums and training facilities to stage a tournament. It could be by invitation only to the world's top 16 footballing nations, taking account of the most recent regional tournaments such as the African Cup of Nations, Euro 2012 and the South American and Asian equivalents.
For some countries it might prove to be a useful trial run for the Brazil World Cup in 2014, but it might find its own momentum as a genuine alternative to FIFA's suspect package. After all we had significant splintering of the world titles in boxing some years ago and so the precedent is set for staging an alternative to the "official" tournament.
If FIFA threaten to exclude the top nations who choose to take part in the World Premiership then the top nations should walk. The TV companies know where the money will be and they will choose to show the best football they can to their subscribers.
So does anyone in the English FA have the guts to lead on this?