Olympic-size stupidity

£265 million of UK taxpayers’ money is being spent on the London Olympics, which has already caused mayhem in the Docklands and East End where people have been displaced and relocated from their homes. Over 200 buildings have been demolished for the games already, interrupting peoples’ lives and communities. Despite the claim that the games will bring tourism, it is unlikely that having several million extra people in London in July will bring any positive outcomes; the already overloaded and underfunded public transport system will not be able to cope with such an influx, and the cost of living is likely to soar for the few weeks the games are here. In short, it will be living hell for Londoners. And what happens to the vast swathes of land populated only by Olympic-size stadia and arenas after those fleeting weeks? They will be left, a standing testimony to the sheer volume of wastage that goes on at government level. The enormous sums this is costing could be diverted easily into positive areas like affordable housing schemes, development of childcare for parents that need to work, investment in infrastructure and lowering the cost of public transport and hence reducing the gross wastage of energy that happens in the capital. These are just ideas off the top of my head. If Cameron and his cronies are at such a loss of what to do with the money, maybe they should ask British people what they want. Proper investment in long-term, sustainable projects that will present a real benefit to real people, or a pop-up tourist haven that serves as a testimony to Capitalism and international power politics?

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Londoner, climate scientist, extremist. All views are my own.

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