The chaos following the opening of Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 is only the most recent in a long history of failure of the UK to get any major project right.
We can remember the Dome fiasco, the Wembley Stadium disaster, the Passport Office computer fiasco, and many, many others in which the project was completed long after the promised date, the cost rocketed, and the result was flawed..
And now, if you please, Britain is to host the Olympic Games in 2012 . We were told originally that the cost would be £3 to £4 billion – the latest estimate is £8 billion, and no doubt this estimate will soon be doubled or trebled, and the actual cost will be much more still.
Have you seen the 2012 ‘Olympic Logo’, which cost millions and could have been designed by a seven year old child for nothing – a worrying portent of waste and mismanagement to come.
And yet we cannot afford to provide adequate care for our old people, or medication for many cancer patients – madness or what ?
I totally agree with you…I don’t want to have the Olympics in London. Ken Livingstone and Seb Coe just want to have a legacy, that they brought the games to London….no matter what the cost!
on: 30th March 08