Fucking with small businesses:
experts in trading and advertising working for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) are heading the biggest brand protection operation staged in the UK. Under legislation specially introduced for the London Games, they have the right to enter shops and offices and bring court action with fines of up to £20,000.
Olympics organisers have warned businesses that during London 2012 their advertising should not include a list of banned words, including "gold", "silver" and "bronze", "summer", "sponsors" and "London".
At the 40 Olympics venues, 800 retailers have been banned from serving chips to avoid infringing fast-food rights secured by McDonald's.
Fucking up transport from day one:
Traffic crawled into London today as the opening of the first Olympic Games lane coincided with an accident on the M4 to create the 'perfect storm' of travel chaos leading to 32 mile queues.
Former head of traffic at the Metropolitan Police Kevin Delaney, now head of road safety at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "The problem with the Games lanes is that London's road network runs at, or very close to, capacity almost all day, almost every day of the year."
Treating workers badly:
10 Cleaners to a crate, 25 to a toilet, 75 to a shower. They have to *pay* for the accommodation £18 pn / £550 a month.
My condolences to any of you that are in London and anywhere near the games.
I know people who don't give a fuck about social issues or landlords turfing out tennants to make a quick buck on accomodation, but now they're fucking with transport and small businesses, it's as if they're going all out to annoy people. When the case for them coming here hinged largely on economic growth, they're doing all of the above, and sponsors get to operate in a temporary tax haven, that's pretty fucking awry. Pretty much everyone I know now, from the most ardent free market advocates to the crustiest protestors, hate LOCOG and everything they're doing.
A business owner I know had a run in with LOCOG three or four years ago, so I already knew they were septic cunts. The extent of it is amazing me though. I could totally get behind the Olympics, if they were actually imbued with any of the values they claim to embody.