One of the benefits of the London 2012 Olympics, so we were told, was that it was meant to provide jobs in the less wealthy part of London where the games are to be staged.
Taken literally, that is true. However, the actualite is not quite so inspiring.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has revealed that 828 workers out of the total 6,277 workers on the Olympic site are Britons who live locally.
This revelation did not come voluntarily, but was made as a result of a Freedom of Information request (made 6 months ago).
Was it not Gordon Brown who promised that the Olympics would deliver "British jobs for British workers"?
A fatuous and divisive promise, the globalisation of the economy and the fact that we belong to the EU means that large projects such as this will always attract migrant labour (just as British workers go abroad for similar projects).
The foolishness was making the promise in the first place.
Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics
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