I think many of us are sitting down and reflecting about the London Olympic Games now that it is all over. One only has to sit down and mull over my posts prior to the Games to realise that I was highly sceptical about the ability of this country to succeed in coordinating such a large venture. I don't think that I was alone either.
We have to give credit to the planners, the architects and the builders who got all the new buildings up and in place well on time. Clearly with our record haul of medals the athletes and coaches also played their part and the British public were magnificent.
I make no apology that I did not like the hawking of the Olympic torch around the country and allowing people of all creeds to run a few hundred yards with one of the thousands of torches manufactured for the job. The public however, turned out for it so perhaps I was wrong. We have not yet seen the bill for this publicity exercise but with all the police cover it will not have come cheap.
The drawbacks have all centred on the performance of the politicians and the greed of the entrepreneurs. The ticket selling fiasco which was highlighted by rows and rows of empty premium placed seats was always going to be a disaster. The price hikes by London hotels for accommodation coupled with the ridiculous prices for food and drink and the restrictions placed on the public bringing in their own food was also a public relations disaster.
The hiring of G4S was also a political gaffe of such magnitude I am surprised nobody seems to have paid a political price. Who hired them? Who is involved with that company in the background? How many palms were greased? Why did they think that we needed 25,000 security operators when we already had thousands of unpaid, friendly volunteers? Why were the army not used in the first place? A lot of money was wasted but was the real reason that the politicians did not want the army rubbing shoulders with the public?
Servicemen in uniform are rarely seen on the streets today because the service people have been told that it is unwise to advertise that you serve the country. At long last the government had to let them loose in public and apparently the people came forward in droves to thank them. of course they did because this is Britain not East Germany...yet.
Prior to the Games they placed, in a blaze of publicity, surface to air missiles on the roofs of private residential buildings. Why did they do that? They did it to scare you. It certainly scared the foreign visitors because London was 'deserted' for the best part of 2 weeks. However, once the British people realised that the London underground could cope, that there WERE tickets to be had and that we were capable of picking up medals they responded like they always have.
For two weeks now we have seen a remarkable renaissance of the British spirit and national pride. It must have been like a kick in the crutch to the political 'traitors' who would sell us out to unelected commissars at the drop of a hat. The British people have suddenly realised that we really have nothing to fear. Where were the Muslim terrorists? We are shackled to 'Security Experts' and 'Health and Safety' moguls because they want you to live in fear.
If we have not got a threat they will invent one. Now we know that the British public can actually move around freely and that our national unity is still in tact. We don't need the European Union, we don't need idiotic 'Elf and Safety' rules and as long as our national security services are effective then we should be safe. A few highly visible police on the streets would also mean that our kids could also play outdoors. It now appears that we probably have more to fear from the Political Class and their masters than from anyone else!
There will be more on this.