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Packing 'em in

Far be it for me to compare Labour’s control freakery with that of their political cousins in Beijing, but reading this (h/t Croydonian):

The government is working to fill all seats at London’s 2012 Games, Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has said….If they were not filled “by people who have paid the full price”, they should be filled by schoolchildren, she said.

… sounds more than a smidgen like this:

Chinese officials have admitted that they are concerned about the lack of spectators at some Olympic events.

They have hired volunteers, dressed in yellow shirts, to fill up empty venues and improve the atmosphere inside.

I thought we were all supposed to be effused with the Olympic spirit?

All £20bn of it.


Like a Bad Smell

Comment has already been made elsewhere (including at Biased BBC) about Ken Livingstone’s too-regular appearances in the media of late. Really, anyone would think he was gearing up for a book launch or something.

The last week or so has seen the newt fancier commenting on China and the athletics meeting that’s going on there, trotting out his standard line of “we have no reason to criticise China’s action in Tibet after what we’ve done in Iraq and Afghanistan”. Well, we probably did some pretty unpleasant things during our Imperial days but that shouldn’t have stopped us having a go at Hitler. (Warning – Godwin’s Law approaching).

This morning it was the treat of listeners to Nick Ferrari on LBC, though to be fair to Nick, Livingstone has never been a stranger to that London station, where he is now finding regular genuine employment.

Ken’s real vitriol was turned on Boris because the Mayor didn’t head off on a junket to the opening ceremony of the Games in Bejing. Yet who cares? Ken’s Communist mate the Mayor of Bejing invited him over, but Boris doesn’t need to be there except at the end to receive the torch. Boris, it seems, has this old fashioned notion that the Mayor for London should spend his time in London.

Livingstone was earlier asked to give his pearls of wisdom on Boris’ first 100 days in office. “Too early to say”, said Ken, almost sounding reasonable when he welcomed the extra PCSOs on the transport network, but then thought it wrong that Boris should be appointing people from the Right to his team (as opposed, presumably, to the – ahem – broad political church that Livingstone gathered around him).

“Boris’ administration was actually more right wing than appointments like Rosie Boycott might make it appear”, he warned ominously.

I should blooming well hope so.

Cricket and the Olympics

What a week of sport lies ahead of us! The Cricket and the Olympics. Despite the 2012 games being held in London, we seem to have missed the opportunity to push to get cricket adopted as an Olympic sport, even though more people play it than rounders baseball, for which Lords is to be dug up in four years’.

But which one to follow? One, though occasionally and historically mired in political and diplomatic argument, is a popular international sporting event preceded by some hype and a vain hope of national success, with those hopes falsely raised by occasional flashes of fine sporting prowess, yet more often than not concluding with the traditional deflation that is associated with so much British sport as we crash to another disappointing result.

The other is the Olympics.

UPDATE 15/8:

My thanks to commenter Dogevpr2 (catchy name) who brings to our attention. It’s on the sidelinks now. I suspect we are too close to the 2012 games now to succeed there, but 2016 could surely be possible.