Heathrow is expecting a record number of travelers today as the sporting elite of the planet begin arriving to remind us all that despite what Fabian politicians insist upon, we are NOT all born equal and only a tiny minority of individuals will ever be good enough at something to beat everyone else on the planet. Billions of people worldwide will tune in to watch athletes display their superiority in their chosen discipline, with a flag attached to their carefully crafted uniforms in order to perpetuate the myth that somehow a “State” of mere borders can decide whether one man is faster on the racetrack than another. Statists and Nationalists all over the world will wave their flags in the demented belief that winning the doubles under 21 backward rowing skiffs means that Britain or Angola has clearly created the best civilisation known to man. Granted, the days of watching gulag trained Communists, their bones stretched since birth wiping the floor with the competition to prove that turnip production through collective farming was the best way for man to live are long gone but the “Nation Glory” mentality still remains.
Billions of mascots and tacky merchandising have been produced by stunted slave labouring children working in the sweatshops of the countries that hope to atone themselves by winning the gymnastics Gold with a twisted and deformed 13 year old, saved from er....slave labour in a factory. Vast fortunes have changed hands as votes on the Olympic Committee were traded for new roads or infrastructure or good old fashioned diamond encrusted Learjets to cart the many wives of the delegates around on their shopping trips to Paris or New York. Our own MPs have selflessly snapped up free tickets to watch the 100m Men’s final in order that no empty seats shame a Corporate sponsor to his global audience. Billions and billions of pounds have been extracted from the taxpayer, the greatest sponsor of all, to ensure that Boris Johnson or Ken Livingstone may have their vanity moments in front of the world’s press – as if hosting the Olympics has ever proved that your Government is legitimate and solid – ask the Greeks. Yes, it’s bundled up as “infrastructure” as if East London actually needs a canoe racing course or a Velodrome designed by someone who himself lives in a grade 2 farmhouse in Dorset any more than Greece needed new motorways
The brand “London 2012” has demonstrated how Crony Corporations now rule the world we live in. You may link to their website if you say nice things about them, but you may not buy food that might compete with theirs, you may not wear a large hat or a pointy foam glove or anything else that detracts from the number one reason this whole circus is in town. To make money.
I have no problem with a group of rich Corporations getting together and running their own entertainment. Except of course, they are not prepared to invest their money, at their risk, that they could pull the whole thing off. No, far simpler that they relinquish the actual planning and construction, the capital funding to the idiots prepared to put the whole circus on the road every four years. Us – the Taxpayer. So of the estimated $US 14 BILLION it has cost us to put up a few temples to inequality and physical supremacy over the weak, the true powers that be, the global elitist corporations have chipped in a mere $400M for the right to tell you and I what we may eat, buy, drink and otherwise consume whilst being entertained with our own money.
You won’t see me celebrating, you won’t hear my cheers and you won’t see me flag waving as another record falls to the view of Hamburger or a Skinny Latte coffee. The Olympics should be permanently housed in Athens with athletes meeting every four years on the same level playing field. TV rights would cover the costs and Greece would generate some cash from the flag waving imbeciles who would turn up to cheer a Somali coming last in the free style diving. However, this logical, resourceful and down right common sense solution doesn’t address the number one reason the Olympics exist. To line the pockets of corrupt corporations and Politicians who relish the four year relay to get their hands on as much money and glory as possible. A fitting tribute to the Olympic spirit – no wonder they’ve called the army in.
So remember, wear your official Olympic Sponsor badge with pride. You’ve paid for the games, you weren’t asked and you shouldn’t expect any free tickets or hospitality either – that is reserved for those who are happy to tell you not to take part unless you can afford it.