Adam Lovejoy reports from outside the Olympic stadium in East London: This is getting really funny, this whole London 2012 Olympics legacy thing. Just when you thought the Games had finally been happily forgotten like the bad dream that they were for Londoners, out of the blue politicians come up with a public relations stunt to remind everyone that no, the memory is still alive, in their minds at least, and public funds are still being wasted with vigour.
Let’s get one thing straight: Olympic Games generally are held against the will of the people who have to foot the bill for them, especially when times are hard as they were in the case of London. These Games only benefit the developers, politicians and enthusiasts of obscure sports, who crave for the public’s attention and the money that comes along with it these days. Not forgetting some tourists, who like to watch that sort of thing, prostitutes and drug dealers. Oh yes, and pickpockets obviously.
The rest are all victims of the Games, who are forced to pretend that they have nothing against this bizarre pagan ritual that has a corporate seal stamped all over it. And no, Olympics never contribute to helping develop sport across the country and are quickly forgotten by everyone, apart from the poor people who might have bonded with the wrong type of tourists or athletes and are forced afterwards to battle exotic venereal diseases, sometimes for months and even years. (So that you know, the numbers of cases of syphilis, for example, go through the roof in every country that hosts the Olympics, not to mention other less fancy STDs.)
But try telling all this to politicians, who bang on about the great legacy of the Olympics, usually to cushion the effect of the final costs of these supposedly great events once they are disclosed. And then it’s trouble. Billions and billions of taxpayers’ money are revealed to have been blown on the vanity project that all Olympics Games are. And the public is naturally outraged and the damage limitation exercise is switched into top gear, with officials telling everyone how all that money did not go to waste and how many kids and adults took up sports as a result of the whole exercise. (No one ever checks these numbers, so we may assume that they are very small.)
Well, guess what, Prime Minister David Cameron and his mate, London Mayor Boris Johnson, decided to pre-empt the approaching uproar by coming up with an article in a daily rag, assuring Londoners and the nation as a whole that the wonderful Olympic legacy is still with us and that the government continues to inject money into it to keep it going. Not a word, of course, that the Games shot the British economy in the foot and contributed to a fall in the GDP in the fourth quarter. But lots of words about the East End of London getting a facelift, even though it’s still basically the same s..tty place that it has always been. Once the Games were wound up, it was back to the gloom that is now diluted by the empty Olympic stadium that would supposedly be bought by some football club or other, or turned into a vast gentlemen’s club with lap dancing and boozing all night long.
Olympic Games are not good for nations. They are a drain and should be held by communist dictatorships like China, or simply closed down as they were for more than 1600 years.