On the train the other day, I saw a poster that read ‘Help us clean up the city for the Olympics! Clean litter, scrub graffiti, plant flowers, yay London Olympics!’
My first and overpowering feeling was too quickly bulk buy black spray paint and scrawl ‘FUCK THE FUCKING OLYMPICS’ over every single inch of this capital, but apparently someone else had already gotten their first. http://www.fucktheolympics.com.
I haven’t met anyone who supports the Olympics.
Whilst the cost of sponsoring a 10 day political wankfest teters on the brink of £24 BILLION, 2012 is also the year where young people will no longer have free access to University.
8,000 students applied for higher education in 2011, this year they will each be charged in excess £8,000. 8k x 8k equals £64 million. Which isn’t even half a stadium for the Olympics.
Instead of funding this complete FARCE with the taxpayers money, we could have paid for generations of people to get a higher education for years to come. We’d have spare change to put into the NHS; hell, we could completely write off our ENTIRE defecit and be out of a recession for good. But no.
It’s far more important to sit in the world spotlight for 10 days and champion 12 year olds who can put their legs behind their heads. Because that’s a life skill that we all need. I personally find the whole deification of athletes a brainwash anyway: we call these people heroes. These people were just born with an ability to run fast or be bendy. Yeah, yeah, it’s a skill, but heroes? COME ON.
You know whose a hero? Firemen. Doctors. People who save lives. You want to celebrate heroes? How about we become one and spend £24 BILLION to stop the genocide in Darfur? You want to make real history? SAVE THE PLANET, DIPSHIT.
But no, our glorious politicians decide they want to play ‘Extreme Makeover’ on our capital, and spend billions of pounds making it look ‘pretty’. That is where the money has gone. Where I work they have resurfaced the entire road to have a LED backlight logo of the Olympic logo in it. I work like a dog and pay taxes to have a goddamn logo in the middle of my road that will be completely redundant in 4 months time.
If the whole of London supported the Olympics, it would be different. But there was no public vote. No opinion poll. The powers that be decided they wanted 5 minutes of fame so they robbed us all of a better healthcare system, education and financial security to fund a 10 day freakshow fuelled by 24 billion taxpayer’s pounds, and a heapload of anabolic steroids.
Better yet, when words of protest have been whispered amongst the dissatisfied, the police immediatly snap back with ‘ANY ACTS OF CIVIL DISOBEDIANCE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED’
So you come in here, steal all our money, rape our city and we’re not allowed to protest it? Welcome to modern democracy.