Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html en-gb 30 Wed 24 Sep 2014 01:02:49 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html DisgustedOfMitcham2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=97#comment34 And how can you assume that there are not millions who don't want the games?The fact is we simply don't know, because no-one has ever asked. Wed 08 Oct 2008 13:27:19 GMT+1 U9563463 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=94#comment33 #31: Just out of interest, how many of the Londoners you speak to are council tax payers?Why, how many did you ask that were tax payers? I'm guessing most people I asked were as I only tend to speak to tourists when they want directions.'The media simply ignored the millions of Londoners who never wanted the games' - your the one who said we will never no how many Londoners want the games because we were never asked so how can you assume millions did not want the games! On that basis, I therefore assume the media then simply ignored the millions that did want the games and let moaners like you hog the spotlight complaining about them. Tue 07 Oct 2008 19:18:37 GMT+1 DisgustedOfMitcham2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=91#comment32 #31: Just out of interest, how many of the Londoners you speak to are council tax payers?Of course we could debate endlessly about whether Londoners want the games, but the fact is we'll never know, because we weren't asked.We mostly voted for political parties that supported the bid, but given that Labour, Tory, LibDem, and Greens all supported the bid, what choice did we have realistically?#32: Plenty of people weren't happy about it when we beat Paris. You just think everyone was happy because the small minority who were dancing in the streets to celebrate received disproportionate media coverage. The media simply ignored the millions of Londoners who never wanted the games. Tue 07 Oct 2008 17:28:46 GMT+1 mblmbl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=88#comment31 I think when it's 2012, people will be much more positive about it. (Hopefully)It was the same when we were bidding for it. Everyone was saying whats the point and we will never win, yet, practically everyone was happy about it when we beat Paris. Mon 06 Oct 2008 16:31:03 GMT+1 U9563463 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=85#comment30 'No, you are completely wrong! I didn't want the games. No-one has ever actually asked Londoners in general if we wanted the games, but I'm pretty sure if you'd put it to a popular vote the answer would have been a resounding no. Almost every Londoner I've spoken to never wanted the games here.'I'm a Londoner and I want the games here. I also know that almost every Londoner I have spoken to wants the games here. So ner! Mon 06 Oct 2008 13:41:27 GMT+1 amadkiwi0 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=82#comment29 #27Well, you probably voted for at least one of them in a general electionMonster Raving Loony Party is the way to go... Sun 05 Oct 2008 22:54:40 GMT+1 carolebenton http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=80#comment28 It is the same for the swimming. The huge Aquatics centre has already priced itself out of the market for so many local clubs and other watersport users.Water Polo (the first scheduled Olympic event in 2012) will take place in a temporary "tank", which like the shooting venue, will be dismantled after the celebrations.The 'Legacy' - GB Water Polo will have poured millions of pounds into developing some supremely talented athletes (currently training morning/noon and night in Manchester) yet 2016 will see the UK out of the top sixteen nations again because the funding will cease. Sun 05 Oct 2008 10:58:28 GMT+1 MarktheHorn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=77#comment27 The athletes will be successful...if the event is actually built on time ofcourse!People will still be paying for it though long after the Olympics end. Fri 03 Oct 2008 21:04:50 GMT+1 DisgustedOfMitcham2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=74#comment26 #25:No, you are completely wrong! I didn't want the games. No-one has ever actually asked Londoners in general if we wanted the games, but I'm pretty sure if you'd put it to a popular vote the answer would have been a resounding no. Almost every Londoner I've spoken to never wanted the games here.The trouble is, given that all 3 of the major political parties were in favour of bidding for the games, there was no realistic way of us ordinary Londoners stopping the politicians going ahead with their crazy scheme. Fri 03 Oct 2008 12:10:35 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=71#comment25 I had a feeling that the British Government was going to have to step in at some point, and "bond" the cost of the olympics in 2012.... Thu 02 Oct 2008 16:24:19 GMT+1 00_neoFrenchyFrench http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=68#comment24 #7"Is it too late to give the games to Paris?"Thanks.But no thanks!You wanted those games.You keep them...... Thu 02 Oct 2008 16:18:05 GMT+1 DisgustedOfMitcham2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=65#comment23 #20:No, it wasn't just the media, that was the official government line at the time. This is what they had to say:"The probability based risk assessment we have undertaken on Games’ costs and revenues provides further reassurance that £2.375 billion represents an acceptable level of provision for potential contingencies. Any residual risk that this level would be exceeded can be reduced through strong management intervention during both the bidding and staging periods."See http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/OlympicsCm5867.pdfThe VAT argument is totally irrelevant anyway, given that it's being paid for out of public money. If they pay 1 billion of VAT, the project costs 1 billion more, but the government has an extra 1 billion with which to pay for it. It doesn't actually matter a jot whether it's liable for VAT or not. Thu 02 Oct 2008 15:13:44 GMT+1 JoDan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=62#comment22 Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 had 2 simple factors London does not - the country were desperate to host the games.With the choice of lower taxes or fuel bills or hosting 2 weeks of sports and a few new stadiums most people would choose the former.Athens and Beijing wanted the Olympics as national pride and a chance to put on a show, most UK people could not care less.London will put on a good show but people do not support to the same degree. With the upcoming credit problems London faces much higher costs for finance and rising costs of materials as well as having vastly under budgeted other areas. This can only lead to problems and misery longer term for the country having to pay for it. Thu 02 Oct 2008 15:01:30 GMT+1 DougCoglan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=60#comment21 I'm glad we're hosting the Olympics.I would love to see sprinting events in the rain. Thu 02 Oct 2008 14:44:41 GMT+1 John Airey http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=57#comment20 Around here (Peterborough) the lasting legacy of the games appears to be a rowing lake that will prevent the railway line between Sandy and Bedford being re-opened. This would stop the re-instatement of a direct rail service between Oxford and Cambridge and the possibility of another way in to London by train will be lost. Hardly progress Thu 02 Oct 2008 14:24:02 GMT+1 tnf1972 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=54#comment19 As usual the headlines don't reflect the reality on the cost of the games, the original figure of £2.4b was never set to be the final cost, only the media made that assumption.As with any large scale infrastructure programme,there was a lot of detailed planning and costing to be finalised once the decision to award the games to London had been made. However that story doesn't make as good a headline as olympics costs rise from £2.4b to £9.4b.This is standard practice when planning and costing a programme that will run over multiple years you can't plan the detail of 2011 until much closer to the time.If we can get greedy Gordon to make the games construction VAT exempt that would free up £1.4b of the £9.4b to go into the facilities and give more flexibility to at least attempt to come in on cost.I still think it will over-run in cost unless some bold decisions are made on moving venues to use existing facilities, what is the worst the IOC will do? they won't take the games away from London. Thu 02 Oct 2008 14:23:22 GMT+1 DisgustedOfMitcham2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=51#comment18 #18:Sorry, missed the sarcasm. My apologies.I'm sure the country needs plenty of things other than hospitals. My point is that we do need hospitals (either to increase capacity where it is lacking or to replace outdated buildings in existing ones), and they would be a far better use of 9 billion quid of my money than some white elephant that only gets used for a couple of weeks. Thu 02 Oct 2008 13:56:55 GMT+1 leixav http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=48#comment17 #17To be fair there was a bit of sarcasm in my response! But is it really only hospitals our country needs? I would hope that the fairness/worthiness of a country is not measured solely on the number of hospitals that it can build. Thu 02 Oct 2008 13:50:02 GMT+1 DisgustedOfMitcham2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=45#comment16 #14:I take it from your comment that you've swallowed the line from the Olympics industry that having the Olympic games magically encourages everyone to suddenly start leading healthy lifestyles?Is there any evidence whatsoever that that is true? You might want to read Hogan and Norton, J Sci Med Sport. 2000 Jun;3(2):203-18. They didn't find any. Thu 02 Oct 2008 13:36:28 GMT+1 thinkstuff http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=42#comment15 I just wanted to answer a few questions posed elsewhere.To post 7:Yes, it's too late to give the Games to Paris. Three and a quarter years too late.To post 8:Postponing it is a great idea. I bet the athletes would back that idea. And the organisers. And the sponsors. Maybe we should stop playing Premier League football until the bankers stop messing around with people's money and billionaire self-promoters stop buying the clubs.To post 9:Would giving China the Games now really be the best answer? I don't know about you, but I might find that a bit more embarrassing than hosting the Games.To post 11:I hope your sources are as good as Mihir's. Thu 02 Oct 2008 13:28:13 GMT+1 mrharryman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=40#comment14 I'm still not convinced that having the olympics here will convince many people to take up sport. Maybe there'll be a temporary increase, but I don't see a lasting change in the sedentary lifestyle of most people.I'm interested to see who can run fastest, throw furthest, jump over stuff quickest, row in a straight line in the shortest time, etc etc. I do find it strangely inspirational, but I'm already participating in sport (albeit at a very amateur level). I think the real question at the heart of all of this is, given the current climate, should this really be a priority, or could the money be better spent elsewhere? It's not a question I know the answer to, and it could equally be levelled at just about any other project, but we shouldn't be afraid to ask it. Even if the answer could be that the money should be diverted elsewhere. Thu 02 Oct 2008 13:09:34 GMT+1 leixav http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=37#comment13 #13New hospitals to house all the unfit Brits? Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:50:52 GMT+1 DisgustedOfMitcham2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=34#comment12 #10:"How much more do you think the Government would be spending on the unemployment within the construction industry if the Olympics were not being staged?"Don't know, but I'm pretty sure it would be a lot less than 9 billion (and counting!) extra.And anyway, what if they spent the money building some new hospitals instead? That would also keep builders off the streets, and do something useful as well. Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:40:10 GMT+1 Badger http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=31#comment11 Re LordSUPERFRED:"IT should be remembered is that the only times that London has been given the games is when the world was in turmoil after world wars and nobody else wanted them ."Exactly what World War was taking place in 1908 then? I'm not the greatest of historians but I'm pretty certain that WW1 took place a good few years after the first London Olympics was staged.As for the suggestion that another country should have staged the 2012 Games - why, eaxctly? Britian will still host a decent event, despite the financial meltdown, and it's not going to bankrupt the economy.If we can find billions to spend on sending troops across the world, I'm sure the powers that be can find some extra cash to help out a sporting occasion that will put us back on the global map. Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:28:37 GMT+1 maxmerit http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=28#comment10 I confidentally predict that the final cost of hosting the 2012 games will surpass 17.5 billion pounds. Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:27:03 GMT+1 leixav http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=25#comment9 Well I for one am glad that the Olympics are coming to London. How much more do you think the Government would be spending on the unemployment within the construction industry if the Olympics were not being staged ( and before it is said, as well as migrant labour there are a lot of Brits working on the 2012 development)? and have the people who complain ever been to Stratford to see just how much the area needed the regeneration?Other countries would be proud to see their country hold the centre stage, we on the other hand have to find as many ways as possible to put ourselves down. Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:22:38 GMT+1 Mike Cottier http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=22#comment8 It will be an absolute fiasco one way or the other [financial-weather-organisation etc etc].Why not just ask the Chinese to take over now?Save a lot or red faces all round! Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:20:47 GMT+1 cambman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=20#comment7 Why don't we just consider postponing the 2012 Olympics until 2016? Against the current economic and financial pressures which will take at least the next 3 or 4 years to stabilise, spending £9-12bn on a 'non-essential showcase event' such as this will seem increasingly imprudent. Homes, welfare and maintaining long term employment should be UK plc's priority. Many countries may be feeling relieved they don't have this financial burden looming. So let's do a sensible review of the costs/benefits - otherwise the Olympics may end up being seen in a similar light to the Eurovision Song Contest - each country hoping they won't end up hosting it when the music stops (no pun intended) because of the cost and embarrassment. Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:18:18 GMT+1 DisgustedOfMitcham2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=17#comment6 So, 2.4 billion was the cost when they made the bid, 9 billion is the latest figure the government have given us. I wonder what the final figure will be?Is it too late to give the games to Paris? Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:18:16 GMT+1 hot__shot http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=14#comment5 Mihir,With respect to the shoot venue. I am a member of the GB Shooting Team and the fact that a temporary facility at Woolwich is being constructed seems like an enormous waste of money to me (£18m as last count).If I were betting man I would wager that an update to the facility at Bisley would be a more cost effective solution.It would also provide a legacy for myself and other shooters in the UK, which a temporary facility would not.I, as a UK tax payer would welcome this cost reduction, as I am sure everyone else would. Seems like a no-brainer to me! Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:07:01 GMT+1 tmitch1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=11#comment4 i am curious as to why DANINPBORO thinks the games should have been awarded to another country? why does he think another country would be in a better position to host the games? and why are we hung up on this notion of outdoing beijing? was beijing even that great? surely the olympics are about the actual sporting events aren't they? surely the athletes make the games great!and in terms of costcutting, beijing altered the design of the birds nest stadium after they won the games to save money because the price of steel went up. they abandoned the retractable roof. but we seem to forget this when we want to have a dig at our own country for trying to cut costs.if you don't want the olympics in london don't watch it, and don't waste your time reading and writing about it. some of us want it and intend to enjoy it!!! Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:03:07 GMT+1 determineddaved http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=8#comment3 With regards to the legacy for shooting, the current propsed site at Woolwich barracks will be pulled down once the games are over.For the benifit of abled and less abled shooters for the future bisley should be the obvious choice.If Woolwich is used the shooting sports will be left with no legacy.Unfair and not in the Olympic spirit.Dave Thu 02 Oct 2008 12:01:34 GMT+1 JoDan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=5#comment2 London's bid was a disaster waiting to happen from day 1. 2.4 billion in cost was never going to be effective and nor is 9.4 billion.The true cost will be over 15 billion even if costs are cut.Giving the showjumping to Hickstead etc will cut costs and bring more revenue but it appears LOGOC have no idea on what works.Sadly although London 2012 will go ahead and be okay it will look like a poor relation to Beijing and should have been awarded to another country. Thu 02 Oct 2008 11:38:26 GMT+1 DougCoglan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=2#comment1 Anybody else get the feeling these Olympics are going to be slated by the public from all angles. Thu 02 Oct 2008 11:32:04 GMT+1 lordSUPERFRED http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mihirbose/2008/10/the_british_government_may_hav.html?page=0#comment0 I have always felt as though London would be the poor relation even before this crisis in the financial sector.IT should be remembered is that the only times that London has been given the games is when the world was in turmoil after world wars and nobody else wanted them .Although this meltdown could not be seen when the 2012 games were awarded I wonder if the IOC would be willing to accept a scaled down version after the spectacle put on by Bejing Thu 02 Oct 2008 10:42:21 GMT+1