Daylight Robbery

By sizemore Last edited 133 months ago
Daylight Robbery

Tessa 'Watch me keep a straight face' Jowell finally gave in and announced that yes, the 2012 Olympics will cost in excess of £9 billion. Thats a lot of zeros. Can't we just buy everyone a copy of Escape to Victory instead? Everyone's a winner in that except the Nazis.

Central government will pay 4.93 billion pounds - in addition to 1 billion pounds already committed - to pay for the games and regeneration of the surrounding area. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell told MPs the rest of the money will come from the national lottery and London taxpayers.

Here's Jon Snow with the watercooler talk from the Ch4 newsroom:

the Olympics ARE going to take more money from the lottery - mainly arts funding and things like nursery schools. And there's a massive contingency of £2.7 billion. As someone here in the office said, if you have builders in you certainly don't tell them that there's a £2.7 billion contingency fund. It'll put the costs up right away

Or to put it another way; this is fucking madness.

Tessa Jowell, the Olympics minister, accused opposition parties of not supporting the games and indulging in Victor Meldrew-style pessimism, and of "voting for Paris" as they criticised the size of the revised budget. "We should see this as an investment not a cost," she told the Guardian. "It is a toxic, difficult, contaminated site in the East End of London. It is a fantastic thing - we have the Olympics pouring in millions of pounds into this area."

1. It's a bit much comparing those who criticise you to a sitcom cunt, only to then sound off like Alf Garnett by accusing the same critics of voting for foreigners.

2. It's been a toxic, contaminated site for ages, but it's only now being looked at because of the Olympics. It's a disgrace that if the games had gone to Paris we'd be obliged to keep ignoring the very same wasteland that is now so bloody important.

3. You can shove the Olympics up your arse.

Last Updated 16 March 2007


Nice balanced opinion there.

Evan Davis gives a good breakdown on his blog at


I don't know anyone who wanted the Olympics in the first place, I would have been quite happy for Paris to get it because if you really wanted to go you could be there on the Eurostar in two hours (probably quicker than to get to Stratford).

Paris already has the infrastructure to cope with the Olympics whereas the powers that be celebrated for a fucking year without realising the consequences of actually winning the right host this shower. It's going to be a fucking disaster and we'll be paying for it for years to come.


Great peice of opinionated rubbish. Call yourself a blog for Londoners? Obviously not for Londoners living in the East End, in one of the most deprived and run down areas of the country.

And, as you're obviously unaware, if we hadn't won the olympic bid, there was a huge multi billion £ regeneration project planned for the area regardless, cleaning up the area of waste and providing new homes and facilities.

Stinks of a little rich clapham boy who can't see across the capital at how some others live.

How dare they spend money regenerating East London, how dare they!


I think the only people that seem to be bothered are property developers and estate agents who must be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of another £100,000 on their Hackney 3 bed. I'm all for regeneration of the area but does it have to come with this riduculous cost of staging a 2 week sporting event?


Thanks for the link Evan.

We don't believe that there's anything wrong in coming down firmly on one side of the fence regarding the stories that we post about on Londonist. We're a group blog after all and if any other member of the team would like to write a pro Olympics post they would be more than welcome to.

Tom - we ARE a blog for Londoners. In this case the post was something you didn't agree with, but as John's comments point out there are others who disagree with you too. Much better in my opinion to say what you feel and then discuss it. We're not a news agency, we're a blog, so of course we are going to have an opinion.

We're all for regeneration, but a more stable plan that provides for the longterm needs of Londoners is obviously better than throwing all this money at sporting venues that come 2013 may be as dusty and unused as the Dome.

FYI while I did live near Clapham for a while it hardly made me rich :) I worked in a bookstore - not exactly money to retire on. I'm working class North of England stock and if they wanted to shove the Olympics up there I'd have the exact same problem with their shoddy plan.

We won the bid on a vision that has been scaled down almost as much as the projected cost has risen. At this rate by 2012 we'll end up with a new coat of paint for a couple of local leisure centres and a £20 billion bill to pay.


It's so good to read intelligent, derisive commentary!

The recent announcement that the 2012 Olympics in London will cost 9.6 Billion (and rising) was timed to deflect attention away from the announcement that the UK government is going ahead with Trident,(76 Billion) and that Tony Blair is leader of the Conservatives.

A green Olympics would mean NO MORE CONCRETE BUILDING, and a lot of walking, running and playing ........ for the fun of it.

Instead of profits, from a project paid for by taxpayers, going to corporate shareholders.

Here's a great song about the Olympics and how they are connected to WAR! It was written as an ANTI-BID song! in 2005!

It's called "Olympics and War" ... and can be found on, or via my website - look on the offsite page!

KIndest regards


Edwin Lyons

Now theres an interesting idea. Tony Blair steps down as Prime Minister to lead the Conservatives instead... You never know ;)

Tom Hocknell

If I wanted to see drug-pumped Narcissists sweating away to personal bests I'd go to Vauxhall's 'Fire' of a weekend. Do we really want to see our national pride stomped into the Leytonstone gravel by square-jawed, genetically grown foreigners for two weeks and have the insult of paying for it? To the tune of 9 billion pounds? Why don't we just give £1500 to everyone in the UK instead, and let US, USSR and China arm wrestle over the rest. Just an idea.