So how many hundreds of millions

were spent on the olympics that could have gone on developing this country into a better nation?

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AndrewSmith    pirate
12/08/2012 at 21:57

Who really wins in the end, all credit to those who worked hard and won, or lost(although more credit to those in Afgan or working in an hospital or on the beat or even the lowly underpaid cleaner who just gets on with it)

In the end what is the London sports day legacy, lots of profits for some, a few kids inspired to take up sport(well until the football season starts and all our excellent athletes are forgotten for a sport we are totally shit at) and millions upon millions of taxpayers money diverted from hospitals, schools, libraries, back to work schemes, policing, the armed forces etc etc etc...

And cue the sheep...

M...eldy    pirate
12/08/2012 at 22:00

I dont have an answer but I suppose a legacy doesnt happen, you have to continue working for it

12/08/2012 at 22:15


I loved it

seren nos    pirate
12/08/2012 at 22:20

I am more worried about the tons of money that gets wasted week in week out all through the year.........

at least we have had 2 great weeks for the money and we all got a chance to share in it...........

12/08/2012 at 22:20

The A4 was fixed in 'record time'.


12/08/2012 at 22:29

Cost was about 150 quid each.

12/08/2012 at 22:36

£150 may have been the cost per tax payer but it is the London Council Tax payers who will foot most of the bill - probably for the rest of our lives... But it was very good! (Apart from the closing ceremony so far - would have prefered Pink Floyd and The Who in person).

13/08/2012 at 00:06
I'm quite happy for ??150 of my money to be spent on it.
If the games really does inspire our youth think of all the billions we will save on not paying out dole money or on preventable diseases such as diabetes and obesity. If the youth are not inspired by the Olympics then there is something seriously wrong with them and their parents !
13/08/2012 at 00:38

It was a good 2 weeks and I think that's how it has to be judged - not for any lasting benefit.  I know the politicians and others will prattle on about the legacy but in truth I doubt the Olympics in themselves will change much - maybe encourage a few people to take up sport but it's an expensive way of doing that. 

Whether it was worth it or not - probably not - but it was fun nonetheless. 

13/08/2012 at 09:46

I'll let you know when I've worked out how easy it will be to get on the velodrome, when, and how much they're gonna charge.  In the mean time stop being such a miserable git.

13/08/2012 at 10:30

Estimates seem to be that the Olympics cost £11bn. If we didn't bother with the Trident programme (around £25bn), we could have the Olympics for free and £14bn in our pockets (about £230 each)! (My shower door broke the other day so I'll get a new one fitted).

13/08/2012 at 10:40

Wow Andrew, yeah, "Fight The Power"  man - we're all listening to ya.

We should cancel it all and life should then only be a grey existence, albeit with a reasonably funded back-to-work scheme which would be the envy of the civilised world



AndrewSmith    pirate
13/08/2012 at 11:01

Ha ha you people-well most of you- really are the shallow, selfish, narrow minded bunch with a lack of foresight and social conscience that I thought.Never mind I am sure something else will come along to keep your attention while the country is raped of soul and spirit by politicians and big business.

Oh look everyone, a squirrell...

13/08/2012 at 11:03

I'd rather have had the £150, thanks

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
13/08/2012 at 11:13

Id rather have the Tridents, "Walk softly and carry a big SLBM"

13/08/2012 at 11:25
A happy workforce is a productive workforce comrade.
13/08/2012 at 11:39

The bread and circuses seems have kept some of the populace amused.

I hope BBC will no longer find it necessary to bang on about how pictures on a television set will 'inspire' children to go out and do sport. They seemed to have overlooked how many of the athletes followed in their parents example of taking part in sport. Instead there is the silly idea that hosting an ioc party will inspire children to participate. There is televion covrage all over BBC for two weeks each year when the tennis industry visits wimbledon. I would suggest that parent's participation in tennis is a better predictor of their chidren's participation than the amount of tennis on tv that the kids watched.


13/08/2012 at 11:51
I think having the Olympics could be better value if we culled a few silly events, dropped the paralypics and scaled down the opening and closing ceremonies. Trouble is that if you bid for the games you buy into all the other bullshit too. It's down to the International organisers to bring it down to a level where billions are not being wasted on things that could be better spent elsewhere.
13/08/2012 at 11:54

Andrew - please shed light into our dark, closed minds.  For you spaketh the only truth and will no doubt keep posting anyway.

Oh look everyone, it's actually Morrissey (posting under a nom de plume)......

13/08/2012 at 21:14
Andrew. I may be a shallow, selfish, narrow minded bunch with a lack of foresight and social conscience, but at least I'm not a........git!

The Olympics comes with baggage, same as the World Cup and Formula One. I've really enjoyed the summer, and I don't think that the winter ahead will be any less dark than it would have been if we hadn't had the Olympics. ??9bn may sound a lot but when it's spread very thinly it doesn't amount to a much.
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