What the hell did anyone expect would happen?

The London 2012 organising committee has been criticised for a \”smoke and mirrors approach\” to Olympic ticket sales after figures revealed a significant number were obtained by VIPs rather than the public and some were not distributed evenly across individual price bands.

Statistics released by Locog show that only 24.2% of the 4,362 tickets available for the men\’s triathlon, won by Britain\’s Alistair Brownlee, went to the public, while only 322 tickets were available in the cheapest price bracket for the final night of track cycling at the velodrome.

When you\’ve got politicians and bureaucrats spending other peoples\’ money, what does anyone actually expect to happen?

Quite, all the desirable seats will be preferentially allocated to the politicians and bureaucrats. In exactly the same manner that all of the edible bits of animals were allocated to Communist Party bigwigs in the Soviet system.

That\’s just what happens when you\’ve got the scum doing the allocating. Quite why this should surprise anyone is beyond me.

10 thoughts on “What the hell did anyone expect would happen?”

  1. Sorry, but there’s something I don’t quite follow here. If 25% of the 11 million odd tickets sold went to VIPs, who paid for those tickets? If they went to politicians & bureaucrats, are we to believe they forked out the face price out of their own pockets? If not, where’d the bill go to? Because if it ended up being paid by the taxpayer, the cost is simply another cost of the Olympics & should be showing up in that column, not as part of the £659m raised from ticket sales.

  2. Incidentally, it occurs, in assessing the value of those tickets, particularly as they seem to have been for ‘premium’ events, it would need to be on the basis of what those tickets would have fetched in an open market. They can’t be priced at the ticket lottery rate as they were specifically withheld from the lottery to ensure their availability to the recipients.

  3. “lessons will be learned”
    Weren’t lessons learned after the Millennium Dome fiasco or are these especial Olympic lessons?

  4. Lessons learnt – do they get used again decades later when we next stage an olympics? Or do they get disregarded?

  5. The “lessons learned” depend on the students.

    Politicians will learn to be more clever about covering their tracks and more careful to do so.

    This should not surprise anyone either.

  6. The lessons learned are that it doesn’t matter, the plebs are just that, they have no say and the MSM are in thrall to power and money. Just remember you are their serf and there is nothing you can do about it.

  7. It looks like those of us who said the Olympics would be an expensive disaster were right. Not only did the seats not get fairly allocated to potential UK purchasers, but the venue itself was built with a large proportion of foreign workers.

    Built by foreigners with Brits kept out of the party, never could a more fitting description of the results of Labour Party policies be found.

  8. The lessons have been learned by every other city that has hosted the Olympics. The bureaucrats and politicians have then hid the lessons very hard from everyone else due to the awfulness of them. Therefore the next city gets to learn them the hard way.

    We will never find out how much the Olympics cost, but if you factor things like this in, the actual number will in fact be worse than the very worst estimates.

  9. The Olympics may have been expensive, but they were most definitely not a disaster. I’d say they were the most successful ever. If they used cheaper or better foreign labour in the construction then I’d applaud their good sense. I thought the tickets were allocated well, with the first two rounds being for time-rich/money-poor people, and the last round for the rich. The first round was more pot luck, and the second, starting at 06:00, for the most motivated (such as me). Hopefully a reasonable mix of VIP and general seats maximised ticket revenue. I see no reason to think they got that especially wrong. I would be distressed if they bowed to some populist sentiment and offered seats only to the poor or something.
    Overall I loved it so much that even thinking back to it can make me cry – seriously!

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