Ride Against the BId!
- "Critical Mass
18 February 2005
Cycle against the Olympic Bid!
Meet 6pm outside the GLA?s HQ at City Hall on the Southbank.
Heading up to the areas affected by the Olympics, London Fields, Hackney
Marshes, the Eastway cycle track which will be destroyed if London wins the
olympic bid and Stratford."
The 19th will see the anti-olympics week culminate in a large demo in Stratford,
East London, more info at:
Also from www.schnews.org.uk/archive/news484.htm
History is not always kind to politicians, not much legacy in
unsupported wars and the privatisation of all our public
services...no, what's needed is a big feelgood project, one the
nation can unite behind with pride. Like the er, Millennium Dome
for example... Ok, well what about the Olympics? That Kelly Holmes
sure was popular last summer eh? So... London is bidding for the
2012 games. Ok, yes, the unaccountable International Olympic
Committee (IOC) have regularly been embroiled in more bribery and
corruption stories than a Tory cabinet...and yes, the costs for
all recent Olympics have spiralled well beyond all estimates given
beforehand (Sydney 2000 costs doubled, Athens 2004 quadrupled -
largely paid for by European Union money by the way, support which
London is unlikely to get - and Montreal are still paying off the
bills from 1976!). Yes, so civil liberties tend to get a little
trampled in the name of security, alright the plans do involve
Londoners stumping up at least £2bn for the privilege of turning
the city into a building site and yes, the plans include the
destruction of some natural conservation habitats in favour of
'landscaped parks' and the loss of cycle lanes in East London, but
none of these things should hold us back..! Well, we do have some
genuine gold medal contenders in the field of spin. London's bid
has been put forward with great celebrity razzmatazz but virtually
no public consultation, no transparency as to bid spending and
vague details as to how all the hidden costs such as transport
infrastructure will be paid for. Don't worry though, the
Government have got good planners in place - Arup, who did such a
good job on London's Millennium Bridge!"
Book yourself something to look forward to in 2005.
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