The Queen's Speech includes an Olympic Bill, should London be unlucky enough to be afflicted with hosting the Olympic Games in 2012.
Astonishingly, the few details about this Bill seem to be entirely for the benefit of the corporate monopoly sponsors of the event.
- Set up the Olympic Delivery Authority and give it a specific remit and powers;
- Meet the requirements of the International Olympic Committee to effectively reduce ambush marketing, eliminate street vending and control advertising during Games time."
If, for example, Coca Cola cannot compete fairly with Pepsi, (or vice versa), or Nike with Adidas (or vice versa), then none of them should be allowed to pollute our public spaces with their advertising.
There must be absolutely no harassment of members of the public for drinking the "wrong" drink or wearing the "wrong" tshirt or footwear.
There is enough control of the official advertising slots, and entry into the venues is by ticket.
So called "guerrilla advertising" should be perfectly legal, provided that there is no criminal damage or trespass.
Remember that the "Olympic venues" include not just the proposed stadium site in East London, but also public spaces such as Trafalgar Square, Horseguards Parade etc. not to mention the 26 miles of streets for the Marathon course, and the miles of countryside and seaside for the equestrian and sailing events.
There is absolutely no reason to allow the "official sponsors" or the International Olympic Committee, to have a monopoly or any special treatment when it comes to normal planning applications for advertising hoardings or posters.
Why should this Bill affect anywhere except the wretched Olympic Games venues themselves ?
If you have any comments on the proposals you can email them to:
Please email this civil servant and make it clear that there must be no infringement of the liberties and freedoms of those members of the public who are not directly involved with the Olympic Games, should they be inflicted on London.
On 6 July, the International Olympic Committee will vote to decide the host city for the 2012 Summer Games. London is one of the candidate cities. If London wins, the Olympics Bill would be introduced to meet the commitments given in its bid."
What any Olympics Bill should do is impose criminal penalties on any "athletes" or officials involved with performance enhancing drugs.
Surely that would be "in the spirit of the Olympic ideal" ?