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Friday, February 16, 2007

Olympic outrage, again

It’s apparently not enough that they’re planning on building a pointless and ugly Olympic ‘village’ at enormous cost to London taxpayers, concreting over precious green spaces and closing down Hackney’s much-loved allotments (yes, I am bitter)...they’ve actually found new and even more depressing ways of screwing us.

Naively, it had never occurred to me that money would ALSO be taken away from the stuff that Londoners actually WANT in our city. Things like theatre, art and culture.

Oh, how TRULY proud we should all feel.

‘Four British Oscar nominees have urged the UK government not to cut funding for live theatre. Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren, director Stephen Frears and writer Patrick Marber said British theatre had been crucial to their success.
"The British subsidised theatre is admired and envied throughout the world," Dame Helen said in a National Theatre statement.
Some fear arts funding will be cut to help finance the London 2012 Olympics.’


Ron said...

What will all the new Olympic structures be used for in the years when London isn't host to the games?

Jo said...

Funny you should ask, Ron... not a hell of a lot, if past experience is anything to go by.

Apparently, Sydney's is now being used for sports events and housing, as is Athens, but the difference there is that those projects weren't:
a. being built by British builders
b. being managed by a team of British politicians including Tessa Jowell and Ken Livingstone.

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