Corruption & Ethics
The raid on public funds to persuade West Ham and Tottenham football clubs to stay in their home territories has escalated to £57million with Haringey Council matching Bojo's offer of £8.5million with another £8.5million in relief for planning costs. This has drawn criticism from Spurs' courtroom allies, Leyton Orient, whose Chairman, Barry Hearn, described the offer as a 'bung'.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 02/10/2011 - 02:26.
Another friend of the Olympics, 2012 Official Network Infrastructure partner Cisco joins the list of corporate dishonour, the murderous, the destructive, the obscene and the toxic. Cisco is being sued by three named Chinese political prisoners, Du Daobin, Zhou Yuanzhi, Liu Xianbin, and ten unnamed others and in a second case by the Human Rights Law Foundation. The prisoners' lawyer, Daniel Ward, said "Cisco has, for years now, knowingly aided and abetted the Chinese Communist Party's ongoing efforts to stifle the free speech and discourse of its citizenry."
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Tue, 27/09/2011 - 03:59.
London 2012 faces another boycott call. This time it's against Atos, Paralympics sponsors. whose Healthcare division runs the government's programme of assessing people's capacity for work, a programme which has faced constant criticism, including from the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 24/09/2011 - 23:02.
Shock! Horror! Wenlock and Mandeville can't swim! Plainly for health and safety reasons they can't be allowed near the Aquatic Centre so instead Locog has come up with the wizard wheeze of giving them free swimming lessons in the Beano. LoCoe claimed 'This is a creative way to engage children in the Olympic and Paralympic values'.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 05/09/2011 - 17:38.
The Pudding Mill White Elephant just won't lie down. CoeLtd is still hoping to bring the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships to London. But it all depends on there being an available stadium. After all it's hard to hold an Athletics Championships without one. LoCoe has his own IAAF ambitions with the next milestone in 2015 when he hopes to succeed to the top job. The loss of a stadium could prove terminal to those ambitions.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 05/09/2011 - 04:06.
The Bhopal Medical Appeal has issued a statement following the announcement by LOCOG that Dow Chemical are to provide the London Olympic Stadium ‘wrap’. It emphasises that its concern is not the 1984 gas disaster but the contamination of drinking water by chemicals from toxic waste dumps in and around the United Carbide site.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 26/08/2011 - 23:57.
Former Indian Olympics hockey players have demanded that Locog withdraw from the deal with Dow Chemicals to provide the wrap around the main stadium. A number of players came from Bhopal and were witnesses to the event or had relatives who died in the mass poisoning. If Lowcog refuses they will call for a boycott of the London Games. Former hockey star Amer Sher Khan said: 'We will ask the government to boycott the games if the LOCOG carries out the deal despite being conveyed the message in this regard.'
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 13:50.
...their conduct in the affair is now set to come under the spotlight.
"West Ham remain in contact with Police with regard to the serious matter of a private investigator acting unlawfully, reportedly under instruction by Tottenham Hotspur," West Ham said in the statement.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 04/08/2011 - 12:51.