Why all the Olympic fuss?


Like a father to a family of overexcited toddlers, Simon Jenkins takes a pin to the Olympic balloon in his Guardian column.

" I saw nothing to justify the hysteria, the sobbing with joy and weeping with ecstasy, of the London media and politicians." Boris Johnson, in particular, "went berserk. He bellowed of a nation in paroxysms of joy, of orgasms on tube trains and songs on sofas, or vice versa. Both him and Cameron shamelessly hijacked the games, acclaiming a nation on a shining path to collective recovery."

"The Olympics were an enjoyable sporting event, well-delivered by those paid (handsomely) to deliver them. As the left has plausibly pointed out," however, "this proves only that unrestricted public spending can work wonders."