An obsession with sporting excellence (as with military prowess) is a feature of authoritarian regimes. Public money is blown so the leader can bask for a couple of weeks in a handsome stadium and thrill as burnished bodies, muscles rippling, bring to his feet literally piles of gold. He and they shower each other with honours. The standard rises slowly up the pole and the stadium echoes to the national anthem. Is it to this that Blairism has been reduced?
Friday, February 17, 2006
£15m per medal
Simon Jenkins is appalled at the sums of money being demanded by Sports UK for the 2012 Olympics. (I'm pretty appalled myself at the sums likely to appear on Londoners' council tax bills to finance the event):