Saturday, February 24, 2007
So, right then, it seems we shall now have to pay £9 billion for a few weeks of running and jumping in 2012. This compares, not entirely favourably, with the original cost of £2.4 billion. For perspective, we could build 18 major hospitals for the money, even at the inflated prices being paid for such projects under Gordon Brown's insane Private Finance Initiative scheme. I have previously suggested we should pull out now, not only for cost reasons, but also because the Olympics are absurdly bad for the environment and because such events are really only appropriate for undemocratic regimes. The Conservatives have suggested that it might be a good idea if Brown took a look at this fiasco, but, as usual when things get tricky, he is nowhere to be seen. At £1 billion, the Millennium Dome was plainly little more than a dry run for this project. I predict the final cost will be at least £12 billion. This is no longer a joke. The Olympics must be stopped before it is too late.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:50 am