Following Channel 4’s show Dispatches: Olympic Tickets for Sale the other night, significant dispute was sparked about the designated lanes for the Olympic VIP.
With 108 miles of Olympic Route Network roads across London, 35 miles are special lanes designated only to the Olympic “Elite”. Unavailable to the general public and “normal” Olympic attendees throughout the event, the reality of this system of Olympic transportation is pure detriment to the vast majority who contributed to staging the Olympics in the first place; detrimental to taxi’s who claim journey costs will quadruple; detrimental to the London labour force who will have to adjust to endless diversions; and detrimental to every other form of essential transport that keeps London moving. It is impractical, nonsensical, and the irony of it all is that whilst the purpose of the VIP lanes is to increase mobility for the “Olympic Family”, this will certainly come at the cost of the rest of London having to experience relative immobility. With a government and bureaucracy predominantly occupied by those who bare elitist backgrounds, this attitude sadly but clearly seems to have fully infiltrated the Games, symbolised by this act of Olympic transport treachery.
The London Olympic Games is substantially symbolic of the elitist structure of this government. The Games are an expensive business that everybody pays for (contingency fund on behalf of taxpayers estimated to be 974 million pounds), but has seemingly become only available to those who can afford it. By ‘it’ I mean those who can pay not to get picked out of a hat to watch the very best events. With 75% of tickets supposedly on sale to the general public, what failed to be mentioned was the fact that the vast majority of these would not be applicable to the best seats or top events. Those tickets would be sold by companies such as Thomas Cook as £20000+ packages – packages that were said to provide use of the VIP lanes. This scandalous lack of promised tickets deeply and inveterately reflects what the Olympic Games have become; an event ran by money hungry products and slaves of capitalism – a system functioned for the gain of a few coming at the cost of sacrifice for many.
A further significantly frustrating qualm is that whilst England is the unhealthiest country in Europe, one of the biggest fast food giants in the world is the main sponsor for the London Olympic Games. Why? Money. McDonald’s is a main benefactor for the biggest sports event in the world. The London Olympic Games 2012 will cost nearly 10 billion pounds. Fast food is a main benefactor for obesity. The cost of obesity on the NHS per annum amounts to around four billion pounds. The VIP lanes exclude ambulances .Welcome to the First World vicious cycle. Welcome to London’s Elite Olympic Games 2012.