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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Home Office Jeopardises Olympics Security

The Telegraph reports that police are concerned that the failure of the Home Office to deliver a £600M security plan (deadline last September, but postponed to some time in 2010) threatens the security of the 2012 London Olympics.

Given the government's predisposition to harp on about the ongoing terrorist threat, this reluctance to come up with a plan may seem somewhat surprising. However, the Olympics budget (currently £12BN, including £2BN running costs) is out of control and the government is broke.

Quite simply, there is not the money available to cover all aspect of the games. Therefore the government is taking shortcuts within the areas that they hope will not be seen on TV.

The fundamental purpose of the games is to provide the government with a PR "spectacular", all other issues relating to the games will come second.

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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