Three questions we can answer

The Olympic stadium fiasco laid bare

How did the saga begin, how has it gone wrong and how will it end?

It began with politicians spending other peoples\’ money it went wrong as politicians spent other peoples\’ money and it will end badly and expensively.

Because, y\’know, politicians have been spending other peoples\’ money.

13 comments on “Three questions we can answer

  1. I said immediately after the ‘award’ (i.e. poisoned chalice) of the Games was foisted on London that it would cost taxpayers £20 billion (you can look it up; the Internet has a memory). I see no reason to resile from that position. It wasn’t exactly Nostradamus in action. Hosting this grotesque yawn-fest has been a financial disaster for practically every city that has ever had to suffer it (those directly involved, of course, run cackling off to the hills with bags of cash stuffed under their arms, the utter, execrable, corrupt cunts that they are.)

  2. Having lived in Sydney in the few years prior to the 2000 Olympics, the amusing things is the “Those who learn nothing from the past are doomed to repeat it” factor. Every controversy and scandal and cost overrun and dubious political favour connected with those games have been happening here, including the stadium funding fiasco, the discovery that the “fully costed” games funding was done on the back of an envelope, the paying off of the transport workers, the ugly dog’s breakfast logo. The amusing thing is that the unfold in exactly the same way, and people in London seem to be surprised in exactly the same way that people in Sydney were surprised.

    Of course, the final thing that happened in Sydney was that the games themselves ran well for two weeks. Everyone had a big party without thinking too much about what it had cost. Delegations from foreign cities came and ate the canapés and drank the champagne. One of these delegations consisted of the newly elected Ken Livingstone and a whole lot of his toadies. You see the whole “We want one of these..” thing in their eyes. Of course, they only saw the actual games, and not all the fiascos that preceded them and the tax bills later.

    These wide eyed delegations from other cities are yet another thing that I am sure we will all see in London next year.

  3. David: One other thing that happens is that after a city has won the Olympics, they realise two or three years later that they have no idea how to actually organise or run an Olympics. Therefore, it becomes necessary to hire very expensive “consultants” who do now how to run an Olympics to actually come and do this. These people – the same ones who run every Olympics – will have been waiting for the host city to panic and call, because that way they get to charge as much as possible. This is a truly magnificent gravy train to be on, if you can manage it. Undoubtedly a few people who have been involved in London government will use the 2012 Games as a way of jumping on.

  4. At least Livingstone won’t be enjoying the benefits of his generous largesse. Well done London voters.

  5. Although I just thought to check, and horrifyingly enough he might actually get back in two months before the games.

  6. Come on. Let’s not leave out another culprit. our wonderful media that is supposed to hold politicians to account.
    Once the Olympics were mooted it was impossible to find an arm of the media that weren’t in favour. BBC, press, local radio. I can well remember what was supposed to be a phone-in ‘debate’ on LBC one morning. Any caller in favour got endless minutes to wax lyrical. Sceptics were chopped off the air for being ‘spoilsports’.
    And so it’s continued with relentless positive publicity. Critics of the piece of shite that’s the Olympic Logo were disloyal to the Spirit of the London Games. Seb Coe’s press releases fed out as news items. Any doubts about the cost & it’s always the Legacy of the Games. You could hear the capital letters.
    Is it surprising the media loves the idea. Whatever happens they clean up. Years of cost free journalism. Few column inches to fill? Do an Olympic story. Fancy a nice vacation? Book a trip to Beijing, Sydney, Athens for a past Olympics feature. Then there’s the advertising, syndication….it’s endless. How much of the BBC Licence Fee will be dedicated to it?

  7. Re Matthew @5

    You can already see that circular logic the Arts mob use being exercised. Spend a fortune in public money on the facilities then another fortune encouraging the public to use them.
    Livingston gets back, it’ll probably become compulsory for Londoners to present themselves at the Velodrome once a month in gymn-kit followed by 15 lengths of the Olympic pool.

  8. I had the misfortune of hearing Livingstone crowing about the Olympics coming in on budget recently.

    There truly aren’t enough lampposts available.

  9. “Although I just thought to check, and horrifyingly enough he might actually get back in two months before the games.”

    There’s more chance of Eric Pickles entering – and winning – the 100 metres than that…

  10. Can anyone confirm for me that the L.A Olympics was the only one that achieved a profit and was the only one organised by a private sector organisation or is that one of them there old urban legends?

  11. Livingstone admitted during the Mayoral Special Question Time that he knew that the Olympics had been sold to the public far under the real budget as they wouldn’t accept it and, as he thought it was an important regeneration project, he did what he needed to do to get it passed.

    In other words, he deliberately lied.

  12. The problem is that for a lot of people, when you point out to them that whether ot not they get to purchase some expensive tickets, they’re paying for it anyway for years to come, you become the grumpy guy.

    Bastiat was onto something with his “what is seen and what is unseen” remark.

  13. At least Livingstone won’t be enjoying the benefits of his generous largesse. Well done London voters.

    Another thing that is like Sydney. The Liberal state government that won the games had lost office by the time they came around, so a different (Labor) government got to bask in the glow. (Sydney has no city-wide government, so the state government is the relevant one).

    Once the Olympics were mooted it was impossible to find an arm of the media that weren’t in favour. BBC, press, local radio. I can well remember what was supposed to be a phone-in ‘debate’ on LBC one morning. Any caller in favour got endless minutes to wax lyrical. Sceptics were chopped off the air for being ‘spoilsports’.

    One more thing that happened in Sydney, yes.


    Critics of the piece of shite that’s the Olympic Logo

    Even the shit logo happened in Sydney. Just as happened for London, the logo for the bid was quite good, bot the logo for the actual games was a hideous dog’s breakfast. I think this may be that with a bid logo, you are actually trying to achieve something – i.e. put a logo together that will impress the IOC, whereas the actual games logo is more a matter of getting the biggest egos in your local advertising and graphic design business to wank their best.


    There truly aren’t enough lampposts available.

    Indeed.

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