London Olympics

When London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, I feared a massive drain of taxpayers’ money to the southeast of England.  Although some football matches will be held in Glasgow and we have some sub-contract work, I regret that my concerns have been proved right, with little benefit coming to Scotland.

Now we have the shambles of the security arrangements and other last-minute issues emerging. Despite the UK Government having seven years to plan the Olympics, until a few weeks ago they allegedly had no idea that Group 4 Securicor, now more snappily known as G4S, has completely dropped the ball with a huge shortfall of security staff. Very difficult to believe.

However, I do hope the Games will eventually go smoothly, and I wish our Scottish athletes all the success they have trained so hard for.

The above was originally written for Bill’s Dunfermline Press column. This version may vary slightly.

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