On our way home on Friday, we did a silly thing. We bought the Evening Standard. As usual, we flicked through the ‘ES’ magazine and marvelled at how a publication that was once semi-decent, has been transfomed into a brochure for gormless vampire-like socialites and puff pieces on photogenic actresses/models/whatevers. Then we had a gander at the paper itself, looking for how many headlines including the word ‘chaos’ we could find. During this joy-free search, we happened upon a small piece tucked away in the ‘Inside City Hall’ section, which related how Angie Bray , the Tory spokesperson for the 2012 Olympic Games had been having a pop at Mayor Ken over ‘soaring’ costs. We found the story here . According to the Standard, Ken has admitted that the cost of buying and ‘remediating’ the land for the Games has more than doubled to £1 billion, “forcing a rethink of the 2012 masterplan”. Carruthers.
And today, in The Observer, we read given the job of leading the new Olympic Delivery Authority, which means that he’s the man responsible for the building of all the Games’ venues and facilities. Incidentally, the costs of the