How NOT to promote the Olympic Bid

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Our fairly calm and reasoned sceptical questions about the dubious London Olympics bid seem to have irritated someone enough to flame us by email.

Is he taking his lead from Mayor Ken Livingtone's style of ethnic insults, aimed at the very people he should be trying to convince, especially the ones he expects to put their hands in their pockets to pay for his pet scheme ?

"User-Agent: Microsoft-Outlook-Express-Macintosh-Edition/5.0.6
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 20:57:22 +0100
Subject: nimbys
From: eastlondondesignshow"

Is this a personal email from a work computer ? Or does this flame reflect the corporate view of this organisation ?


Thanks for giving me opportunity to read your objections.
Luddite is not the word."

It certainly is not the right word in this context.

"You are the sort of people that say no without coming up with any suggestions. Just - "I don't want it. Computer says no"."

How can anyone generalise about "what sort" of people object to the Bid ? We can think of plenty of ways to spend several billion pounds of our money on more worthwhile projects. It is up to the pro Bid supporters to argue the cost benefits.

How much money does this "Bid supporter" expect to gain from the Olympic Games, either directly, or for commercial and other vested interests ?

"Go and live in Manchester they won't get the bid ,"

Even opponents of the Bid know that Manchester was excluded from the United Kingdom bid right at the start of the process, and is not one of the bidding cities at all.

" but why stay here and bugger it up for those that that feel proud of London and its diversity."

Pride in London is one of the reasons for not wanting to see the reputation and the finances of the city damaged by the Games.

Remember the word "diversity" for later on.

"You probably won't like it up there either, it's full of people that enjoy live and are optimistic. allow me to amend my idea.

Go to Yorkshire. They'll love you there. They love to moan about how
everyone is shitter than them."

Guess what, the people of Manchester, Yorkshire and the rest of the UK also need to be convinced why their tax money and their voluntary contibutions to the National Lottery "Sports Good Causes" money should be spent on a London Games.

"Book a holiday while it's on."

Ah! The Beijing communist approach to the Olympics - order people who might object to leave their homes for the duration of the Games.

"I'd gladly chip in if it means miserable sods like your lot leave."

Excellent, thanks for the kind offer to re-imburse part of the £240 minimum that the Olympic Games will cost in extra Mayoral precept tax, plus the inevitable cost overruns, should we be unlucky enough to have the Games inflicted on us.

"Maybe you'd like it abroad. Daily Mail isn't cheap.

Lots of foreigners though!"

Do you mean that there is "diversity" ? We are cosmopolitan and "diverse" enough to have been "abroad" , and to Manchester and Yorkshire, and even to the East End. Perhaps it is this "Bid supporter" who needs to braoden his horizons a bit more.

"Au revoir"

Ooh la la! Perhaps he is really a supporter of the Parisian bid ?

"[name of "Bid supporter" removed for now]"

What a welcoming and tolerant "Bid Supporter" this person seems to be. If only he had been on hand to influence the Olympic Committee.



here a suggestion. If you don't want the Olympics in London, support Paris 2012. Have a look at this blog, which is entirely dedicated to this project. The more you support Paris, the less London has good chances to win the race:

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