The Vancouver Poverty Olympics torch finally made it to a mega event in Britain with its first stop in Glasgow. The mainstream media, true to form, failed to show up to record the event. But GamesMonitor2014 were there to report despite their absence:
'Something did happen today in the East End and GamesMonitor2014 were there to record it The Jaconelli family, Save the Accord Campaigners, the Glasgow Anti-Eviction Alliance and the Scottish Tenants Organisation all marched in solidarity with supporters over the decimation of community in Dalmarnock.'
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 16/03/2012 - 00:25.
Following the eviction of the Jaconellis from their home to make way for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games questions are finally being asked about land deals which netted property developers millions of pounds in profit.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 14/01/2012 - 23:10.
What with the focus on London 2012 we don't hear much about the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. But true to mega event form they are having their own negative impacts on some particularly vulnerable Glasgow residents.
On 27th August supporters of the Save the Accord Centre held a demonstration attended by around 500 people. This will be followed by a Glasgow Games Monitor 2014 Event: Whose Legacy? on 21st October, which will include an introductory talk by Libby Porter and Neil Gray, both from Glasgow University, on the Legacy from Mega Events, discussion with carers and the recently evicted Margaret Jaconelli and film shows.
The Accord Centre carers issued the following statement to accompany their demonstration:
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 06/10/2011 - 00:18.
The Jaconellis, the last people living on the site of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, were finally evicted on 24th March. Mrs Jaconelli insisted 'I will wait in the house till they come and put me out because I think Glasgow City Council should be shamed.'
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 30/04/2011 - 21:58.
On Tuesday the 15th of March, a home-owner in the way of development for the Commonwealth Games Village will make a second appeal to the court of session to request that she is adequately compensated for the home she owns on Ardenlea street which Glasgow City Council is forcing her to leave using compulsory purchase powers. If unsuccessful, Margaret Jaconelli will be evicted from her home on Thursday, 17th March.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Mon, 14/03/2011 - 23:47.
‘Just a person in a wee flat’ Margaret Jaconelli, the last person left living on the site of the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, has been told she will be evicted. She protests that she has been offered totally inadequate compensation for the compulsory purchase of her flat and will be unable to buy a replacement property.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 04/10/2010 - 15:54.
Now it's Delhi's turn to discover that tourism does not prosper at mega events. Travel agents report cancellations of almost 50%.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 04/10/2010 - 01:05.
Looking at some recent stories in the Indian news media about the construction of the Commonwealth Games facilities it is apparent that the 'same old same old' influences of privatisation, poor institutional oversight, greed, corruption and the brutal exploitation of the vulnerable poor labouring on the project have been clearly highlighted for some time.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sat, 25/09/2010 - 09:28.