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Why all the Olympic fuss?
12 September 2012 07:48 AM
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."