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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.