Well its nearly time for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Now, those who are alert will realise that I have already broken the law in the post.
How? I hear you ask. Well believe it or not, it is a criminal offence to use the word “London” combined with “2012” to promote your brand or product. Parliament some years ago passed legislation to ban people using all sorts of words and phrases. So, I can’t tell you I will be working in London in 2012!
Well – come prosecute me then.
At 06:00 on Wednesday morning, the Olympic Zil Lanes become effective. What are the Zil Lanes you ask? Well as you know the Olympics are taking place in Stratford in East London and all the athletes are being housed there. However, the Olympic Village is not plush enough for the fat cats who belong to the most corrupt organisation I know- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) – they are even more corrupt than FIFA!
Take for example – the following from the BBC Website
SCANDAL AT SALT LAKE
The Salt Lake City bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics blew the lid on systematic malpractice within the IOC.
An internal enquiry, launched after revelations from long-serving IOC member Marc Hodler, found clear evidence that up to 20 of the 110 IOC members had been bribed to vote for Salt Lake.
Some had allowed the Salt Lake organisers to pay for their family holidays, others had jobs or university places found for their relatives.
First-class travel was paid for and lavish gifts were the norm. One member’s wife was given free cosmetic surgery.
There were clearly stated rules governing visits by IOC members to bidding cities, but they were widely disregarded, and there was little enforcement.
Thirteen IOC members lost their positions in the investigations that followed.
TIP OF THE ICEBERG
Hodler also said rules were broken in the bidding process for at least three other Olympic host cities over the 10 previous years – Atlanta, Nagano and Sydney.
Hodler said claims or evidence of corruption hadn’t surfaced before because losing cities usually wanted to bid again, and didn’t want to rule out their chances by making enemies.
Andrew Jennings, author of ‘Lords of the Rings – Olympic Corruption’, has been involved in several award-winning investigations into the IOC.
Of the bidding process for the 1998 Winter Olympics, he wrote, "The best technical bid was clearly Salt Lake City.
"They had everything in place…a vast convention and press centre; a 50,000-seat Olympic stadium; an Olympic village for 4,000 athletes and all the ski venues.
"Nagano, however, was awarded the Games even though their facilities were hardly developed.
"Frustrated by the process, the Salt Lake City team decided to play the game and doled out somewhere between an estimated $3-7m in favours."
CORRUPTION AT THE TOP
The wrong-doings have not been limited to minor IOC members.
IOC vice-president Kim Un-yong was jailed for corruption
Earlier this year, IOC vice-president Kim Un-Yong was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail on corruption charges.
He was found guilty by a South Korean court of embezzling more than $3m from sports organisations he controlled, and accepting $700,000 in bribes.
Kim was a dominant figure in Korean sport for more than three decades, promoting the martial art of taekwondo overseas and helping it gain recognition as a full Olympic sport.
He was also credited with helping win the Seoul Olympics for South Korea in 1988 and was implicated in the Salt Lake scandal.
The IOC executive board stripped Mr Kim of all his Olympic duties because of investigations by South Korean authorities and the IOC ethics commission.
He was found guilty of embezzling money while serving as chairman of local and international taekwondo federations.
The court also found him guilty of accepting bribes from businessmen who wanted to serve on sports committees.
THE TAINTED LEADER
Juan Antonio Samaranch, leader of the IOC from 1980 to 2001, was accused by critics like Jennings of running the organisation like a private kingdom, of ignoring corruption within the IOC and of the blatant commercialism of the Games themselves.
Samaranch, who reportedly insisted on being referred to as "your Excellency", earlier served as part of Franco’s dictatorship in Spain.
Bribery was not limited to the bidding process for Olympic cities.
At the 1988 Games in Seoul, American Roy Jones Jr came up against South Korean Park Si-hun in the fight to decide the welterweight gold medal.
Jones dominated the fight, landing more than two punches for every one he took, and was almost universally declared to be the clear winner.
But the judges ruled differently, giving gold to the Korean to the astonishment of neutral observers ringside.
Jennings subsequently uncovered a report in the archives of the Stasi, the former East German secret police, by Karl-Heinz Wehr, a Stasi agent and former general secretary of the International Amateur Boxing Federation.
Wehr said a Korean millionaire bribed senior boxing federation officials to rig fights in favour of Koreans.
Morocco’s Hiouad Larbi, a judge in the Jones fight, admitted to newspaper reporters that he had falsified his scorecard.
"The Olympics as a child really inspired me," said Jones.
"It gave me something to reach for, it gave me a dream. And then the Olympics shattered my dream."
Those fat corrupt officials and their corporate
bribe payers sponsors want to spend the Olympics in the poshest hotels in Central London rather than near the Olympic Park.
So what? you may say. Well there are several things. Firstly, who do you think is paying for the penthouse suites in these very expensive hotels? Do you think the ‘president of the IOC is paying out of his own pocket for his suite at the Park Lane Hilton? No, but perhaps the IOC are paying for the rooms? Fat chance, its being paid for by you and I out of our taxes. Why are we paying this? I wish I could tell you.
Then there is the issue of the Zil Lanes. These are a condition of the awarding of the Olympics to any city. These are 30 miles of road exclusively for the use of the “Olympic Family” These consist of 2/3 of the road space on many of the busiest roads in London, e.g. The Embankment, Kingsway, Aldwych, The A13 etc. These lanes on already over crowded roads are taking the space from people trying to get to/ from work or people trying to do their work. Not only are these lanes in place, but most of the pedestrian crossings and junctions have been closed, so for example there are no right turns allowed for over 2 miles when heading west on the Embankment. This is enforced by actually blocking off the junctions to prevent turns. Woe betide any pedestrian who thinks they may cross the road, there are miles of barriers to prevent people daring to cross the road lest they slow up those cars in the Zil Lane carrying the members of the “Olympic Family”.
Now, talking of the Olympic Family, who d o you think they are? Athletes, coaches? Well they are all staying at the Olympic village , so its not them. No, the Olympic Family are those corrupt IOC officials AND the guests of the corporate
bribe payers sponsors. Pardon the language, but WTF are we doing crippling London’s traffic and with it the economy of London for these corporate freeloaders?
“The Olympics will bring money into London” I hear you say. “They will bring lots of extra tourists”. Well, I hate to say this but that is complete tosh. There are noticeably less tourists in Central London during the day this year than previous years. Hotel bookings are way down in London than in previous years. So, it seems the tourists are not bringing money to London.
Green Olympics I said in the title. Well We are repeatedly told this is to be the Greenest Olympics ever. Clearly, the removal of cycle lanes across central and eastern London and the closing of off road commuter cycle routes is all part of the green strategy as is the inevitable increasing of congestion by reserving up to 2/3rds of the road space for the corporate freeloaders.
The inevitable extra pressures on road space, the introduction of lots of extra lanes closed to ordinary traffic, the banning of turns in many places and the removal of cycle lanes and safe crossing points will also lead to an inevitable increase in accidents in London and with it an increase in fatalities.
Is having the Olympics really worth this? I can’t see any benefits in the long term for London.
OFFICIAL PROTESTORS OF THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS
A group of which I am aware known as “Space hijackers” have been confirmed as official protestors of the London 2012 Olympics
23 May 2012
Locog: The unelected body in charge of the 2012 Olympic Games
confirm our status as official Protesters!
We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday 23rd May, we received official recognition from Locog that we are the "Official Protesters Of The London 2012 Olympic Games".
In a bold and daring move Locog contacted twitter demanding that due to "Brand Affiliation" Twitter should immediately close our account. Twitter, the beacon of free speech which so vocally lent its support to the Arab Spring did, of course, what everyone expected and immediately kowtowed to the interests of big money and business. We, The Official Protesters, were immediately locked out of our account, losing access to thousands of followers, in a move designed to silence our dissent.
Locog of course realised the benefit such a move would have to our fledgling campaign, as within minutes twitter exploded in support of us. No sooner were we off air than the phones and emails started flooding in. In a classic case of the Streisand effect, before we knew it articles were popping up in newspapers and blogs across the globe:
"Agent Bristly Pioneer also described the logo as a "social meme" that had become part of the London landscape. However, despite its ubiquitous presence, he said, it could not be used by ordinary people. "It’s like Voldemort – you’re not allowed to mention it otherwise you’ll invoke the wrath of Locog."
"The Space Hijackers, a group of anti-capitalist activists, launched a spoof "Official" Protesters of the London Olympic Games site in April. It’s intended as lampooning the fact that the Games seems to have an official tie-in product of every description — from chocolate bars to toothbrushes."
"Twitter has bowed to pressure from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, or LOCOG, to shut down the Space Hijackers account."
"it’s basically about a balance of commercial interest and freedom of speech and expression. We are not happy about this suspension."
The Index On Censorship
"One can only conclude that this is an act of petty, vindictive censorship, hardly in the spirit of plurality and inclusiveness the Olympics is supposed to promote."
The Hollywood Reporter
"London 2012 organizers complained about an activist group’s parody that used the trademark"
"Commenting on the move Robin Grant, global managing director of the agency, said: “I’m shocked Twitter kowtowed to LOCOG by suspending the @space hijackers account. It’s good news that they’ve since relented, but bad news that @space hijackers has been forced to remove their parody ‘the Official Protesters of the London 2012 Olympic Games’ branding. "
The Daily Caller
"…the event has become “a big corporate party” that most regular people are not taking part in"
Visits to our official protest site www.protestlondon2012.com went through the roof and we saw dozens of Twitter users change their avatar to our anarchist coloured version of the Olympic logo in support.
Eventually after tense negotiations Twitter allowed us access back to our account, along with the hundreds of new followers that we had gained.
We would like to thank Locog and the IOC for this official recognition and look forward to working with them to facilitate further protest in the future.