How many people would consider a youth hostel to stay in before/after a big race? I stayed in the hostel in Edinburgh and was in a shared dorm. with other marathon runners, and enjoyed talking running with them. If you are staying with family, then there are private ensuite rooms that you can book.
Andy, a quick look at the availability at Brighton youth hostel showed there were private and shared accommodation.
I have run two marathons, Brighton and Edinburgh. Comparing the two, Brighton was the better one. It had a much better expo, pre-race drinks/gels, and also the finish was an event to itself. I felt Edinburgh's lack of post-race atmosphere keenly, and was not sure of the direction of the baggage or toliets at the end, although I did find them fairly quickly.
If you ask me what was the better event, I would say Brighton without hesitation. But Edinburgh was well organised (despite its ridiculous stance in printing the results initially). I would pay more for Brighton, but the things that made it better are an added on and not essential.
I have to agree that Labour aren't looking government-material. And the Blair government encouraged PPP, thereby making public bodies borrow money at an inflated cost and being tied in a contract that heavily favours the private businesses.
But the recession was not totally down to the government of the time. You could even argue that a Labour government would have much better than the Con-dems in recovery. That policies have been made because of the Conservative ideologies has been admitted by them. They want austerity policies to be made permanent. So the poor, disabled and young will lose out. That is not a Britain that I want.
Will Labour be better than this government? It can't do much worse.
I pleased that there has been a lot of discussion. I know no-one is going to change their minds, though. I read arguments against the ideas that I believe, and they did not persuade me Some have even taken it as an opportunity to take the mickey.
But I am encouraged that some take the opinion that society needs to be fairer to be prosperous, and maybe we will not get a Conservative government in the May general election!