The Curmudgeon


Friday, November 12, 2010

Cleaning Up Sports

Amazingly, Gordon's bank bailout (or the bloated public sector, as it is commonly known) is not the only New Labour legacy which is costing more than anticipated. The site for the Venerable Tony's Blanched Sporty Pachyderm has been contaminated with toxic waste even before the medal-counters move in, and according to the Environmental Agency it will not be possible to clear up the mess before, or even soon after, the quadrennial farce has finished; although the fact of the Olympics taking place is, of course, the only reason why anyone is even trying. So far, nearly thirteen million pounds has been spent, and the chair of the London Assembly's environment committee has threatened to raise the matter formally with the London Haystack, for all the good that might do. On the bright side, it turns out that the site has been occupied by a succession of private chemical companies, so - although the London Haystack will doubtless blame it on Ken Livingstone, striking firemen, bendy buses and inner-city residents - the pollution is really nobody's fault.


  • At 7:06 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    There's always money to be had for spectacles as they only benefit those who can afford tickets. Here the taxpayer pays to build and upgrade private sporting venues to completely eliminate the cheap seats. But, hey, there's increased employment for hot dog vendors and janitorial staff.

  • At 7:19 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    And volunteers, don't forget. Volunteers are the vertebrae of the Big Society. If the pollution could have been cleared up by people dressed in Day-Glo orange who had volunteered in order to earn their unemployment benefits, just think how much more economical that would be.

  • At 11:18 am , Blogger phil said...

    People dressed as pandas or Nelson Mandela.


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