London 2012 Olympics- The Biggest Waste of Time and Money

The London 2012 Olympics will soon be starting. The thing is though, is it just me, or is it the biggest waste of fu*king time and money in recent years?

I mean, think about it, you've got sprinters, javelin throwers, ping pongers and a wide variety of other 'athletes' competing to get a stupid medal and, when they're finished, they'll start training all over again for the next set of crappy games.

This may sound slightly petty, but let's take a closer look at the Olympic scandal. The price as it stands (including the latest security cock up) is sitting at £24 billion. Now, in a double dip recession, the last thing we need to be doing is throwing tons of money at this pointless charade. Honestly, how is it going to help the country. Let's be honest and admit that being a sprinter isn't a real job. Nor is it a real job to throw a javelin, or play table tennis. How the hell can they class that as a sport?


Alas, the idiots like Seb Cole thinks it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, even though we all know that the tourists won't be able to bring in anywhere near the £24 billion that the Olympics has cost the UK. This is the same UK that's being told that everyday that more and more people are becoming unemployed. Why might that be the case? Oh, that's right, it's because there's no money in the country. Why is there such a large drought when it comes to money? Because a huge chunk of the UK budget has been spent on the blasted Olympics.


Let's also take a look at the NHS. How many times have you heard on the news that a ground breaking cancer drug is available, but the NHS boards can't justify the cost of giving it to patients due to the budgets they need to adhere to? Of course, the budgets are based on how much the government gives the boards. Surely it's more important to spend money on drugs to aid in an individuals economy than to pour money into a bunch of athletes running around like daft arses?

One thing that's interesting is that looking back at past games, the economies of the host cities has plummeted. One could even argue that a combination of Greece's bad economic management, along with them spending a fortune on the games a few years back has contributed to the economic downturn there, and pulled the whole Euro zone down with it.

I'm certain that the economy of London will also land on it's arse after the tourists have went home and the stadiums are dismantled and the athletes residents are demolished. That's right, the accommodation for the athletes is being pulled down after the games. Perhaps the government could have sold the property. Nah, that would have made too much sense.


I'm sure that defenders of the Olympics that read this will start making comments about how wrong I am. To be honest, go ahead. The Olympics is a total waste of time and money, and if you can't see that then you've got some real common sense problems. In fact, my handy little diagram below sums up how I feel about the Olympics.

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JohnGreasyGamer 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

I totally agree here and found that venn diagram hilarious! I never knew that much money was being poured down the lavatory just to throw a stick and run in circles. I can understand how it would boost the country's morale and how we've been waiting for this moment for years, but seriously - I think money can buy us happiness, not watching people splash about and get a medal for it.

When I hear my mum go on about how she's got no staff working (she's a district nurse of the NHS), it's like watching a horror flick. It's nice to know we've got these groundbreaking cancer drugs, but when we've got no staff to administer it you know we've got a huge problem. Police and fire departments, the government itself, architects and builders, council workers.... nobody has got the money they need to kick this nation up the arse. There's few times I've been disappointed by this country, but when I've just got out of college and I'll be soon signing on at the job centre, I think I've landed right in the middle of the recession, possibly the worst of it.

The Olympics Slogan this year should be, "The London 2012 Olympics - chucking money down the toilet, because toilets can hold more cash than drains!"

Voted up, funny and interesting ^^


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SolveMyMaze 4 years ago Author

Thanks John! Hell, I ran more then 100m in under ten seconds last week to catch a bus, but I didn't get a ruddy medal for it.

Sadly, that's the exact situation with the NHS just now across the whole country. The staff are over stretched to breaking point and yep, there's no one to administer the drugs. The whole public sector is pretty much humped.

You're not wrong there about the recession and coming out of college. I'm in a similar situation just now. I graduated with my MSc in November and there are no jobs just now that I can do. Retail, call centres etc won't take me because I'm too qualified and the NHS won't take me on because they don't have them money. We should ideally start robbing banks ;)

The problem is, the longer that the people theatre in the same boat as us are out of a job, it'll be harder to get back into one. As things start to pick up again, employers will be much more likely to hedge their bets on people fresh out of education. Where does that leave ones like us? I'm not sure how close you are to Bath, but this might interest you: http://www.nintendo-gamer.net/2012/07/05/write-for...

Future might also be doing placements for other magazines, not too sure on that one. I do know that Nick Ellis is working for Nintendo Gamer again, and from personal experience with him, he's sound as a pound.

Aye, that should have been the slogan! The Olympics have fucked this country.


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CHRIS57 4 years ago from Northern Germany

Mmh - i try to understand your mood. But please - how much of that money was spent for infrastructure? And more important - how much of the money was let escape out of the UK? And finally - how much will be the payback within the next 30 years?

If all questions have negative replies, then i will be fully with you. But be honest, new roads were built, new houses, buildings, offices were set up. Isn´t that like a big family festivity in your house and you decide for that occasion to get a new bathroom? You will use that bathroom for years to come, not only while hosting your guests.

A different question is how effectively the money was invested? Was the investment overpriced? Is the investment productive for the future?


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SolveMyMaze 4 years ago Author

All do have negative replies. As soon as the games are over, that's it. People won't carry on to support London, so the very little the city makes during the Olympics will be it. Afterwards nothing else will be made.

Also, the accommodation is being torn down after the games are over. The government admitted on the ITV news that they're tearing down the stadiums afterwards and selling the metal from it at a loss, not including the costs for the builders to take it down.

The amount that the UK takes in each year in road tax is more than adequate to redo the roads, and yet they've elevated the cost for some ungodly reason.

And there's theres the small matter of them spending £335,000 on some ungodly statue. The same amount of money that could pay 11 people in the public sector for one year.


xoxox lol 4 years ago

people have lost jobs just because of the london 2012 olympics!

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