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Public support for Olympics plummets

A new poll for The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) shows for the first time that a clear majority of the public are now opposed to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Coinciding with the Channel 4 Dispatches programme which raises further questions about the cost estimates of the Games, the YouGov poll asked the public to give their views on the financial risk associated with the 2012 Games, their estimate of the likely final bill, and whether they think the games will be a good investment.

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London Underground refurbishment company Metronet bankrupt

London's £30 billion subway upgrade program, aimed at easing overcrowding and vital to the success of the 2012 Olympics, is at risk after its leading contractor applied for protection from creditors.

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A Who's Who of 2012 organisations

The 2012 Olympics is littered with organisations claiming to be bringing benefits London and the UK. These goodies include the vital achievement of ‘world city’ status for London and a range of other ‘unquantifiable benefits’.

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Chavez Ravine: 1949: A Los Angeles Story

Three years in the making, Chavez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder, is his first "solo" offering since 1987's Get Rhythm.

In addition, it is a concept album; but don't be afraid. It documents in mythical style the disappeared Los Angeles neighborhood of Chavez Ravine, a Mexican-American district that was fought over by real etate developers, urban planning activists and city government. It was bulldozed in a sleazy deal was cut and it was razed order to erect a stadium that would lure Walter O'Malley's Brooklyn Dodgers to L.A.

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The factions of the circus

A material difference may be observed in the games of antiquity: the most eminent of the Greeks were actors, the Romans were merely spectators.

The Olympic stadium was open to wealth, merit, and ambition; and if the candidates could depend on their personal skill and activity, they might pursue the footsteps of Diomede and Menelaus, and conduct their own horses in the rapid career.

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The Repositioning of Citizenship

Extract from: The Repositioning of Citizenship:
Emergent Subjects and Spaces for Politics, Saskia Sassen, Berkeley Journal Of Sociology 4, 2002

…..current conditions in global cities are creating not only new structurations of power but also operational and rhetorical openings for new types of political actors which may have been submerged, invisible or without voice. A key element of the argument here is that the localization of strategic components of globalization in these cities means that the disadvantaged can engage the new forms of globalized corporate power, and secondly that the growing numbers and diversity of the disadvantaged in these cities under these conditions assumes a distinctive “presence.”

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Blair ignorance

It’s official. Ignoring those with a contrary opinion is a policy endorsed from on high. Mr Blair states this in his letter of Tuesday 23rd January to the Guardian. He says:

“There will always be pessimists who claim every setback is a catastrophe. The same people no doubt said that even to bid was a waste of time. I am glad we ignored the doom-mongers then, and we will ignore them now.”


Would you accept a guarantee from this man?

Ken Livingstone has ‘vowed’ not to raise the Council Tax contribution for the Olympics. Instead he said extra funding would come from ‘the National Lottery, the government and the private sector.' Well he’s certainly right about the National Lottery. That has already been raided for hundreds of millions of pounds originally destined for children’s sport among other things. However, his claims to be able to insist on the government and the private sector footing the bill seem rather less coherent.


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