Re: OlympicsHold on a minute. My uderstanding is that everyone who is a taxpayer in this country will be paying for the Olympic Games (not just Londoners) - to the tune of £24bn of taxpayer's money (as at Jan.2012) I think. So it is simply not true to say that London is paying for the games. Granted Londoners will be the ones most inconvenienced by the games but they do stand to benefit from the developments left behind after the games - unlike people in other parts of the country who have paid through their taxes and will see little material benefit left behind.
Re: OlympicsI for one am not at all certain how it all is paid for except I guess we the taxpayer foot the bill one way or another.
Re: OlympicsThe Olympics have become an unsustainable dinosaur and should be either stopped or placed in a permanent location, Greece comes to mind, but they haven't got two ha'pennies to rub together. Maybe hold the bloody thing in Timbuktu with every corporate sponsor sharing the cost of the event, it would die within 10 years.
Re: OlympicsEach competing country should contribute to the Olympic games, not just the host. That is diabolical in today financial state.
Re: OlympicsFor goodness sake, you'd think you'd all been evicted from your homes and left with nothing.
Re: OlympicsI lived in England fo sixty six years of my life, where I choose to spend my retirement bears no relevence to the Olympic games. I may not LIVE in the U.K. but I am ENGLISH, and I think that if anything can bring people to England wo are going to spend a lot of cash here, not only in London but all over the U.K. when we allegedly are going throgh "hard times", then it can't be a bad thing, and most of the "disruption" is, I would suggest, media hype, don't "Londoners" go through "grid Lock" every morning and evening, only they call that ---the rush hour ----- Come on, lets get real about this, I bet, apart from one or two odd occasions you won't really notice any difference.