Where do I start? With the Olympics and ending up with a personal matter of hypocrisy over the Olympics.
Tom Daley, the Team GB diver, who is only 18 years of age and already competing in his second Olympics today finished 4th in the synchronised diving event. You may think this is a remarkable achievement, especially when you bear in mind that earlier this year, his father died. The pressure upon someone so young, at their home Olympics and expected to win gold must have been immense.
At the halfway stage Daley and his partner were leading, but after a poor 4th dive, they ended up a slightly disappointing 4th place and missed out on the medals.
One sad individual has spent the evening posting sick, threatening and offensive tweets to Tom Daley. Examples of the tweets are below, and started with the top listed tweet.
@TomDaley1994 You let your dad down i hope you know that.
@TomDaley1994 I’m going to find you and I’m going to drown you in the pool you cocky twat your a nobody people like you make me sick
@TomDaley1994 you really didn’t try your best tommy you said you’d do your country proud and you let us all down rather support a tramp the
@SkyNews you fucking report me on the news again i’ll have you done for harrassment and a lawsuit you get me final chance you cunts
I’m not going to give this sad individual the oxygen of more publicity by revealing his name and getting him more followers. His first text is sick but his subsequent texts are without doubt criminal acts (the first is probably as well). This individual is going to find himself getting his collar felt if the police can find any manpower available that are not being used to prevent those evil cyclists of critical mass launching terrorist attacks on the “Olympic
Mafia Family.” It can’t come soon enough for the sad twisted person.
Hypocritical? Given he can do nothing more than tweet abuse anonymously, and he is abusing someone who actually tries to perform.
Next – lets turn to the Metropolitan Police who employed several hundred officers to prevent Critical Mass carrying out their peaceful monthly cycle ride which has been running for the last 18 years without incident. They however cannot manage to employ enough officers to ensure they do not lose the keys to Wembley Stadium valued at £40,000.
Olympic security farce as Wembley keys lost: First the G4S fiasco… now police admit to shocking stadium breach
Search teams hunt desperately for keys after they were lost during final preparations for the Games
Could cost £40,000 to replace the hi-tech laser key set
Claims similar incident occurred during Wimbledon championship are denied
Police in charge of keeping the Olympics safe have lost the keys to Wembley Stadium.
Scotland Yard admitted last night that it was to blame for the shocking breach.
Search teams spent days desperately hunting for the keys after they were mislaid during the final preparations for the Games.
Sources said it would cost up to £40,000 to replace the hi-tech laser keys. The latest fiasco threatened to further damage already fragile confidence in security arrangements for the Games.
It also provoked a furious behind-the-scenes row between the police, Locog and private security firm G4S over who was responsible.
But late last night, Scotland Yard admitted a team of officers mislaid the ‘internal security keys’ during last minute checks.
Claims that a set of keys were lost at the Wimbledon Championships in similar circumstances were flatly denied by tennis bosses and G4S.
It is the latest blow to Olympic security after serious questions were raised about the £284million Government contract with G4S to secure the Games. Military personnel were drafted in after the firm admitted it could not supply enough guards.
More than £600million has been spent securing Games venues, using more than 13,000 police officers from across Britain.
The Met said staff discovered the Wembley Stadium keys had been lost last Tuesday as final preparations were made for Olympic football matches at the venue.
It originally said officers were ‘alerted’ to the loss at lunchtime, sparking a criminal inquiry over fears they were stolen.
But a spokesman later admitted the keys had been mislaid earlier that day by a police team who had returned to check the venue several weeks after it had been secured and sealed by colleagues.
The officers then spent several days at Wembley Stadium retracing their steps and trying to find the missing set of keys.
One source said: ‘These were hi-tech laser keys which cost anything up to £40,000 a set as they cannot be copied. They are the same as you get at prisons.’
A Met spokesman said: ‘On July 24, officers from the Olympic policing operation at Wembley Stadium reported that internal security keys which had been used by them as part of a search were missing.
‘Officers attended the venue to assist in the search for the missing items but nothing was found.
‘Detectives also went to ascertain if there was any evidence of criminal offences, however at that time there were none.’
A spokesman for Games organisers Locog said: ‘These were internal keys, locks have been changed and the security of the venue has not been compromised in any way.’
A spokesman for G4S said: ‘We have no record of losing any keys.’
It is incredible that 180+ cyclists are arrested for riding their bikes. It is even more incredible that the incompetence of the Metropolitan Police Farce has caused more risk to the security of the Olympics than any cyclist could ever do. Perhaps the Met Police would be better employed in kettling their own officers than innocent members of the public.
Incidentally, despite the video footage posted on my recent blog post from Critical Mass on Friday night showing the police kettling supporters just off Stratford High Road, their propaganda machine were denying it and claiming it was an unsubstantiated allegation made by those arrested.!!!!
I thought the police were there to maintain order and tell the truth – clearly I was being naive.
Now, lets look at the tickets for the Olympics. We have seen thousands of empty seats at all events. I have already commented on how the opening women’s football match claimed 37,000 ticket sales, but the attendance was nearer 24,000. I notice that crowd sizes at the football matches are not routinely published. Last night’s Team GB game at Wembley was played to a substantially below capacity crowd, especially in the corporate seats.
It is difficult to get the truth about who these seats were allocated to, it seems some are allocated to sponsors, some to overseas countries which were not sold or returned and many more are reserved for the IOC fat cats who demand seats reserved for them at every event, even though they can’t be at more than one event at a time. Their greed and arrogance in demanding tickets and preventing the general public getting tickets so they can have a seat at an event if they feel like going even if for only minutes is incredible.
If these tickets were sent to overseas countries, you may wonder why they get prime positioned seats whereas the public in the host nations get the seats up in the Gods or as far away from the action as possible? Seems like the British public would have got better seats if Paris had won the Olympics.
Now, the problems about tickets are not unusual and happen it seems at every Olympics. I do not blame the LOCOG for this problem. The hypocrisy comes from people like Lord Coe in claiming that the venues are filled to the “gunwales” and dismissed pictures of the seats as ‘holiday snaps’.
Parents and friends of swimmers are said to have been refused entry to the Aquatics Centre, while relatives of tennis players have been unable to see matches at Wimbledon.
Similar problems have been reported at Eton Dorney for the rowing and the ExCel boxing venue, where parents have only been allowed entry after drawn-out negotiations.
The Met Police again feature in my hypocrisy list. This time for their failure to investigate or deal with a clear public order offence at Lords Cricket Ground on Sunday. See the article below
Yet more pressure has been heaped on the London 2012 Olympics’ embattled security contractor G4S after one of their staff was accused of spitting and hurling verbal abuse at a serviceman drafted in to cover the gaps at the Games.
The security guard is alleged to have called the soldier a “baby-killer”, in an apparent reference to his service in Afghanistan after the member of 35 Engineers asked to search him. The incident is thought to have happened at Lords cricket ground on Saturday, which was hosting the archery event.
G4S said it was “urgently investigating claims of an altercation between a security officer and a soldier”. A spokesman said: “We take any case of improper behaviour by a member of our staff very seriously. We do not tolerate insulting behaviour and, where necessary, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”
The Ministry of Defence said the alleged incident was an “isolated occurrence”. A spokesman said: “We can confirm that there was an incident at Lord’s cricket ground on 28 July. The matter was reported and is being investigated by G4S.
“This isolated occurrence is not indicative of the good working relationship between the military and G4S.”
G4S has been widely criticised after it was forced to admit it could not provide all of the security guards it was contracted to deploy at the Games. Its chief executive was dragged before MPs to explain the situation and he agreed that the episode was a “humiliating shambles”, saying he regretted taking the contract in the first place.
It emerged G4S banned its own executives from taking up corporate hospitality places during the Games after the Army was called upon to provide 4,700 personnel to cover the gaps it left in the Olympics security plan, bringing the total number of MoD personnel involved in the Games to 18,000.
A high level of absenteeism among G4S’ staff and problems getting sufficient numbers of security guards on the roster for events, as well as criticism of the quality of its training have also been reported since the scandal came to light.
Its a good job the G4S employee was not riding a bike or there would have been hundreds of officers there and held him for hours before bailing him not to so much as think about going to or towards an Olympic Venue. So Met Police, why the double standards?
Finally, what has been called by some the ultimate act of hypocrisy. Today, I took possession of a freebie ticket for the Women’s hockey at the Olympics this Thursday and I intend to go and to watch the event. I do not, despite Michelle’s fears intend to wear an Official Protestor Shirt, nor Nike trainers or a Pepsi T Shirt. Am I a hypocrite? I would like to say not. I do not have anything against the Olympics, merely the way the public are treated. I also am not paying for the ticket and have been given it in recognition of the work I do in connection with a local children’s sports club and have done so for the last 12 years.
Michelle has made me promise that I will do nothing to get myself arrested, ejected or on TV or in the media. I’m not sure she trusts me. I can’t think why she has such a low opinion of me. Actually, I can- she knows me too well.
Watch this space….