Friday, 27 July 2012
I wish I had heard the bells
ringing for the Olympics this morning. That made me sad. I shall be watching the opening ceremony tonight, though probably not all of it. I really do not understand the endless negativity about it from Brits I have heard. Isn't it good to showcase London? Isn't it good that many thousands of people are being employed in east London for this event? Isn't it good, just after a British sporting hero has won a world-renowned title, the first Brit ever to do so, that top-class British athletes will be performing to the world, on their home ground? Apparently not. Someone said to me the other day that the Olympics were crap because they had enabled developers to come in and build luxury apartments that ordinary east London people could not afford to live in. Well, so they undoubtedly have - building on land that wasn't being used for all that much. And if there were no Games then those same developers would have been all ready and willing to build decent low-cost housing with affordable rents for those ordinary people to live in, wouldn't they? Wouldn't they?