Sunday, April 27, 2008

Guzzling At The Olympian Trough

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According to the Sunday Times, guzzling at the 2012 trough has reached new levels of depravity:

"Organisers of the 2012 London Olympics have block-booked 1,925 rooms in some of the capital’s most exclusive hotels for international delegates and their spouses at a cost of £10m.

Top officials have been allocated 345 suites costing up to £3,000 a night at six Park Lane hotels including the Dorchester, the Hilton and Grosvenor House. Half the bill will come out of the coffers of London 2012, the Games organiser, in the most expensive block booking in Olympic history."

The rooms at the Dorchester include "the Harlequin suite, which has walls “upholstered in ivory silk” and is said to “glow with Hollywood glamour”. Elizabeth Taylor was staying in the suite when told of her multimillion-pound deal to star in the film Cleopatra".

It's already made Tyler vomit with rage, especially since the organisers reckon the money will not come from taxpayers. According to them, it will come out of the "private" revenue from staging the games. It's clearly escaped their notice that such revenues (if they materialise) are already spoken for to repay some of the monstrous taxpayer contibution elsewhere.


And there's more:

"The officials in London will be given the use of a fleet of 3,145 chauffeur-driven cars, despite the promise of a “green Games”. The route to the Olympic park will be cleared of traffic so they can glide to their destination in east London in about 20 minutes."

We've blogged it before but it remains an outrage. It literally is the way of Stalinist dictatorships.

And while we're on 2012, we've just had confirmation of something we've long feared: the £2bn Olympic Village, supposedly privately financed, is going to need a massive injection of taxpayers' money or it won't get built:

"Bovis Lend Lease, which was selected last year to construct the £2 billion Olympic Village in east London, is struggling to raise money to finance the project. A severe lack of credit in the banking system - and fears of a property price crash - have made it very difficult for any company to raise such a large sum.

Sources claimed that the problems were so severe that it was possible that taxpayers would have to provide more funding for the building plans."

Possible? We'll take that as a definite.

So is there any good news? At all?

Just this: nobody would start from here, but 2012 is exposing our commissars for the lying, incompetent, self-promoting charlatans they are. With luck, taxpayers will take note and remember.

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