The Telegraph reports that Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham council, has had to make something of a volte farce.
He had suggested that residents be charged to watch Jamaican and United States athletics training in Birmingham, in the weeks leading up to the 2012 London Olympics.
However, following a public bleating and outcry, he has had to backtrack.
I disagree with the public bleating, making money is entirely within the "spirit" of the games. Additionally, given the size of the ever increasing Olympics "budget" (£12BN including running costs) and the fact that the country has a £4.8 Trillion debt, any opportunity to reduce public costs should be grasped firmly.
Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics