State planning works: the Olympics prove it
POSTED ON AUGUST 22 2016
The Rio Olymoucs have finished. Team GB came second. At a cost reported to have exceeded £270 million the country’s athletes won 67 medals; a record.
But stunning though these personal achievements were they did not, as is widely recognised, happen by chance. The money bought the back and facilities that clearly made a massive difference.
State planning works!
August 22 2016 at 10:13 am
Can’t remember where but I read a better comparison of the Olympic success with grammar schools. Identify the gifted and talented, throw disproportionate resources at them, cheer their triumph whilst ignoring those left behind.
We think we are a nation of sporting excellence because a tiny number of the elite excel but the vast majority do little or no sport and have little or no access to it. It really is ironic that we are dominating in cycling yet compared with our northern European neighbours cycling rates of the general population are pitiful. Or that we have world record holders in the swimming pool whilst swimming for the general population becomes increasingly expensive and rare.
Richard Murphy says:
August 22 2016 at 10:19 am
I buy that
But we musn’t have state planning like grammar schools, must we? Investing in excellence would be terrible.