The rumour on the street is that the Olympics will be starting soon in London. Apparently much has been made of that age old tradition of the Olympic flame being carried around the country. This grand old tradition, was introduced in the 1930s by the National Socialists in Germany known better by their more familiar and shorter “Nazi” name.
Our own legal meister Kenny Macaskill however has just recently confirmed and endorsed the level of enthusiasm bubbling away for the Olympics in Scotland. The Scottish events will be sold out then? Well they’ve been giving tickets away for free for the football held at Hampden. Even the lure of watching Spain isn’t enough to part people from their money. Oh dear.
Are we getting any benefit from the games? Not that seems to have been reported anyway. Apart from the claim that loads of jobs have been created but only for a few short weeks. I’ve only spoken to one person who has tickets for an event in London. It’s the swimming he is taking his daughter to the venue because she wants to be a competitive swimmer hopefully.
In years gone by I have followed various athletic Olympic disciplines on TV during the games. Having seen the nonsense which was the torch relay with the over the top security pushing old men and wee boys around with inappropriate force the Olympic tradition looked pretty rocky and ridiculously corporate in reality. The moment which Steve Redgrave rowed single handedly whist a policeman sat in the boat behind him was the most ridiculous thing ever. A crazed person might have jumped in the water and capsized the boat and the policeman onboard would have fallen in. But then would there have been anyone on hand with the correct level of expertise, certification and elf’n’safety knowledge to save him?
Then we have the Zil lanes, the crazy looking opening ceremony, missiles on the roofs, security scares, the BBC getting so over excited and politicians trying to ensure their place hobnobbing with the great and the good. The athletes? They’ll get their moments.
We have the Olympic rings stuck on the grass at the Mound, thankfully the bid to get them on the castle was kicked into touch. Shops are full of Olympic tat they can’t shift. The BBC advertises their intention to cover every sport in every venue. Oh goody.
G4S has become the latest whipping boy. The coverage from the grilling their Main man got has been interesting. The MPs can’t believe their luck. They get to ask hard questions, be rude and be as arrogant as they want whilst the rest of the country look on. It is a ridiculous shambles but any less of a shambles than these MPs and their fellow MPs in Westminster have managed for years? Any chance of a similar set up with MPs being grilled live on TV because of their expenses shenanigans? Of course not.
I don’t think I’ll be watching much or any of the Olympics this time around. I’m sure a lot of people will watch and enjoy it. I’m also sure that the BBC will say its a huge success no matter what as will the organising committee, Boris and Call me Dave.
Recriminations? Oh yes. Who will have been responsible for the games losing money? Who will be responsible for the shambles yet to come? Maybe we will get an enquiry into it? Let’s hope. The squirming will certainly be Olympic quality.