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London Olympics 2012


Dame Judi Dench has voiced fears that arts funding is being "siphoned off" to pay for the 2012 Olympics.


Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has denied regrets over London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics Games.


On Monday evening 17th November at 7.30pm OPEN will hold a free public event at Cafe Oto, Ashwin Street, Dalston on the theme of Our Olympic Legacy.


From an article by Iain Sinclair in today's Guardian:

A warning to any innocent Hackney writer: question the coming triumph of the 2012 Olympics and, like me, you could achieve the dubious glamour of becoming a banned author.


The Nation published an article back in April about the politics of the Olympics called Olympic Flame Out.


Organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have been accused by MPs of being "willing to spend money like water", as costs for the sports event soar.


The tradition of lighting the Olympic torch at the ancient Olympian site in Greece and running it through different countries was started by the Nazis.


Almost three out of four people believe the 2012 Olympics will bring no real benefit to their area, a survey finds.


Lord Low of Dalston was scathing in his attack in the Lords on the redevelopment plans swirling around an allegedly vital new TfL hub to service the Olympics.


I have an obvious interest in the London Olympics because I live close to London and have friends who are already being directly affected by it, but I thought I should at least mention two other Olympic events which preceed the London Summer Games.

Lots of people thought that China should not be allowed to host the 2008 Summer Games because of it's poor human rights record, continued occupation of Tibet etc. Olympic Watch was set up to monitor the human rights situation in the run-up to the games.

The 2010 Winter Games are due to be held in Vancouver and there is strong local opposition - see 2010 Olympic Games Watch and No 2010 Olympics on Stolen Native Land.


The government must reveal how much money is to be diverted from heritage projects to pay for the London Olympics in 2012, MPs have said.


George Monbiot writes in the Guardian about why the only certain Olympic legacy is a transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich.


There has been a government response to the epetition about the planned destruction of the Mannor Garden Allotments.


The 2012 London Olympics could become a magnet for human traffickers bringing in prostitutes and illegal workers, the government has said.


The cost of the 2012 London Olympics could rise to nearly four times the figure set out in the city's bid for the Games, the BBC has learned.


Transport plans for the 2012 Olympics rely too much on "highly speculative" assumptions 600,000 Londoners will flee the city for the games, MPs warn.


Charities and sports bodies in Wales could lose over £24m to pay for the 2012 London Olympics, it is claimed.


Lord Coe has admitted it is still unclear what the final cost of staging the 2012 Olympics will be.

Waltham Forest Council reject London Development Agencies plans to use common land to relocate allotments from within the proposed Olympic park.


The Olympic Delivery Authority's 15-volume, 10,000-page document, sets out plans for creating new venues, roads and parks in east London.


The government's failure to set a budget for London's Olympic Games is a "major risk" to success, Whitehall's spending watchdog has warned.


The government's handling of finances for the 2012 London Olympic Games is expected to be criticised in a report published by MPs.

I missed the New Year Feast at Manor Gardens but someone emailed me a report. Coincidentally, a friend in Wales who I have not spoken to for a while just emailed me about Manor Gardens as well, with a link to a petition which I have now signed.


Concerns have been raised that community projects in Scotland could be put at risk because of the rising cost of the London 2012 Olympics.


I have mentioned the 2012 Olympic Games several times already on my website but have decided that it is time to create a dedicated page about it in my UK Politics section. You might be thinking that the Olympics should not be about politics, but unfortunately it is. Well it is about money - so much money that it ends up being a major political issue. Who is it that wanted the Olympics to be in London? Sure, lots of patriotic sports fans did, but they are not the ones who got it. The people who actually did what was required to bring the Olympics to London in 2012 are the ones who stood to make money from it. Some of the major players were almost certainly construction companies which used their huge influence to lobby for it. Now it is payback time as they receive vast sums of public money to buldoze large areas of East London and erect a load of hyper expensive white elephants. Right, before the rantometer goes off the scale I will finish with this introduction and get on with adding my first proper entry.

The 100 year old Manor Garden Allotments are due to be bulldozed to make way for a screen to show Olympic events to non-ticket holders. The allotment society are inviting people to a New Year Feast on Tuesday January 16th. The allotments will be open for tours at 3pm, then there will be a sunset bonfire and at 7.30pm they will be showing ITVs "Disapearing London", featuring the campaign to save Mannor Garden. Ian Gregory 2010