So the 2012 Olympics security budget has expanded again, this time by some £150million because Locog underestimated the number of security guards needed to process visitors to prevent long queues developing. The total budget is now being put at £1billion but that fails to take account of Baroness Neville-Jones' statement back in December 2010 that much of the national security spend for 2012 would go on the Olympics, in addition to Locog's budget, which she had said took the total for security at the Olympics to over £2billion.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 04/09/2011 - 22:43.
The following was being circulated by email among rank and file police officers even before the riots.
London Olympics 2012.
London (Stratford) will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2012.
You may not know that many of the famous events, which go to make up this spectacular event, are to be altered for 2012. A copy of these changes has been leaked, and is reproduced below:
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 02/09/2011 - 02:12.
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
Frederick Douglas, Speech on the 24th anniversary of emancipation, Washington , DC, 1886
A local resident is interviewed by a foreign correspondent while rioting is taking place around the Pembury Estate in Hackney, East London.
At present Sheldon Thomas runs his own organization The Helping Hand Trust which works directly with gang members especially around extreme teenage violence giving intensive support, mentoring and gangs mediation...
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 17/08/2011 - 08:28.
Last week those proud liberals at the Independent on Sunday passed on the message from the authorities that they thought the 2010 Olympics faced a greater threat of disruption from 'anarchist protesters than Islamist terrorism'.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 31/07/2011 - 19:02.
Fun and games once again for the SAS and the Met. A live fire anti-terror drill was carried out at the Athletes' Village last weekend. According to the Standard 'Much of last weekend's action occurred inside the accommodation blocks, out of sight and sound, so that the public did not need to be informed.'
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 11/05/2011 - 23:06.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Thu, 31/03/2011 - 09:57.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 17/02/2011 - 13:12.
Submitted by Richard Willmsen on Thu, 30/12/2010 - 20:48.
Some of our legislators have been talking rubbish again about the Olympics. They seem to think the ancient Olympics were all about peace! Lord Bates opined: 'My Lords, I am very grateful to my noble friend for that positive response, but is she aware that the entire purpose of the ancient Olympic Games was peace?' He then compounded his error by saying: 'The core of the Olympic Truce was to promote the Olympic ideals, to use sport to help promote dialogue and reconciliation, especially between nations in conflict.'
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 18/12/2010 - 03:35.
So the £2billion plus figure which emerged from Sky's rather garbled account of the security costs of the Olympics may not be so far off the mark. The Telegraph reports that 'Baroness Neville Jones conceded to parliament that "much" of the £1.131 billion for the two years of the government's 2011-2013 counter-terrorism budgets would be devoted to the Olympics in 2012.'
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 15/12/2010 - 02:35.