Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Paisley Olympics 2012 - the untold story

This afternoon, against all the odds, London has won its bid to host the 2012 Olympic games. It was only by 4 votes that the capital city clinched it from their arch rivals Paris. Other cities bidding to host the games included New York, Moscow and Madrid.

For more information on the winning bid, go to

I am delighted that our great country will be hosting it and I hope that we can compare and surpass the fantastic events held in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004. My only concern is that we may end up in a huge amount of debt if we try too hard to impress the rest of the world and at that point the Chancellor of the Exchequer will be obliged to make the whole of the United Kingdom dip into their pockets in tax and it will not just be the citizens of London, who are already going to have £20 per year added to their Council Tax every year for the next 10 years, to pay for it.

Now, I know that it is England that will be the hosts and nothing pisses a lot of Scottish people off more than the "English Broadcasting Corporation" and the English press banging on about how good they are at this and that, but we, Scots are just going to have to live with it. After all it was not a bid by Scotland that won, it was our English counterparts that won, fair and square.

We can take some comfort from the fact that we will undoubtedly get a large increase in the number of tourists that will take advantage of visiting the games to come and see our beautiful country, and that can only be a good thing for us.

Less well reported on the news was Scotland's unsuccesful bid to win the 2012, games to be hosted in Paisley. The reason for this became clear when it was decided that the River Cart was too full of discarded shopping trolleys to host the rowing events and so the organisers came up with an unconventional alternative!

Click here for the Paisley Olympic bid's alternative rowing venue!