Friday, 29 January 2010INDEX

Olympics and civil liberties

I am thinking about making a video on the subject of civil liberties and The Olympics. Apparently a lot of people are thinking along the same lines, so there's no point in keeping it a secret.

The first thing I'm told is that I'm almost certain to get arrested and put in jail for the duration, anything up to six months before the event. It may happen.

You can't make a video like this secretly since you need to talk to the authorities, or at least ask them for comments.

But given the huge amount of money being poured into the project (enough to make a banker blanche) you can well understand why the authorities are sensitive.

It is a curious thing. If I am right and this is dangerous, then we are clearly seeing a full frontal attack on civil liberties. In the past civil liberties have been compromised and eroded as part of the campaign against the IRA and the War on Terror, but this is the first time in my life that civil liberties have been threatened so that people can run or swim races!

It is quite obvious that the Olympics should never have come to London or any big city for that matter. It is simply impossible to organise the necessary facilities (security, transport, accommodation) in the time available. As a result corners have to get cut and civil liberties threatened.

If the Olympics has to be held then it seems to me it should be done well outside any urban area and in a place where cheap transport and accommodation can easily and cheaply be constructed.

Probably the best idea would be to have it in a single place (perhaps in Greece) constructed by the international community on a scale that would fit the event.

Given the possibility of disasters of various kinds occurring in 2012, I wonder if more people will start to think along these lines soon.
Friday, 29 January 2010INDEX