So, the security budget is being slashed by £125M. Plus the security budget is being increased by £280M. Perhaps the underlying logic is a smaller state combined with greater opportunities outsourced to private corporations? Oh, and of course there are tax concessions too!
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Mon, 13/12/2010 - 23:53.
Britain is already planning on parking a missile destroyer in the Thames over the 2012 Games. Now the United States has offered to send reinforcements in the form of an aircraft carrier. The offer has been declined as it suggests we Brits can't manage on our own. Despite this the Americans still seem to be determined to put in an appearance. A Penatagon spokesman is reported as saying it's ‘very possible that there will be a U.S. naval presence’ at the London Games, even it was only to ‘fly the flag', whatever that may mean.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 31/10/2010 - 01:44.
Lots in the blogosphere on Coe&Co having chosen to re-route the marathon away from East London.
This comment on Diamond Geezer is really quite touching:
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 06/10/2010 - 11:58.
Dave Lee's The Olympic Borough has an exclusive one day in advance of the next Save Wanstead Flats public meeting. His FoI request reveals that t
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Tue, 05/10/2010 - 14:03.
Andrew Jennings interview on Brazilian Bola de Vez TV show about corruption in global sports business
Andrew Jennings replies in English to a panel of Brazilian journalists asking him about corruption in FIFA, the World Cup, Olympic Games and the International Olympic Committee.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Mon, 04/10/2010 - 12:20.
A third of customer services managers surveyed by the Institute of Customer Services say they expect London's public services to fail during the 2012 Games. I am not sure if they have taken into account the possibility that the Games will not attract the expected number of tourists and that many small businesses may take a holiday to avoid the Olympic fallout, thereby reducing the numbers moving around London.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 30/09/2010 - 23:19.
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.
The Olympics has its uses. Now the Metropolitan Police hope the 2012 Olympics will protect them from the cuts.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 22/09/2010 - 23:03.
We're now all quite familiar with the fact that Mega Events invariably go way over budget. insideworldfootball has the latest, revealing FIFA under-17 World Cup cost more than double the budget
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 18/08/2010 - 18:05.
The Press Association reports that squads of marksmen are preparing for dangers including an armed siege, sniper shooting and Mumbai-style terror attacks with several gunmen.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 18/08/2010 - 03:54.