London's 2012 bid relied in part on London's reputation as a multi-cultural city, and the need to regenerate some of our poorest areas. And London's poorest borough is Tower Hamlets, a mere javelin throw from the Olympic Village in Stratford. As the East London Advertiser states in its current issue:
"The decision to reroute the marathon out of east London means Tower Hamlets is now ironically an 'Olympic host borough' without a single event to host. Back in 2005 when Britain jumped for joy after beating Paris to host the 2012 Olympics, Tower Hamlets was set to hold three major events - the basketball, the walking race and the marathon.
But over the last five years the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has slowly chipped away the borough's involvement"
Until it is zero. Zilch. A big fat nothing.
If Tower Hamlets is no longer good enough to host any Olympic event, can we assume that Tower Hamlets council tax payers will not be required to fund any part of the Olympics? And that any money that has already gone towards the Olympics will be returned?
The board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games can be seen here. It is the usual mixture of the 'great and the good' - former athletes, an under employed royal, businessmen, council leaders and even the chairman of the board of trustees of Tower Hamlets famous East London Mosque, Dr Muhammad Bari. If he is not able to bat for the East End on this Committee, what is he doing there?
Such individuals probably do not visit Tower Hamlets very often. When and if they do, lets hope people tell them loudly, and very clearly, what they think of them.