Billions! / 3 December 2007
As I mentioned earlier in this blog and also in a couple of my cartoon e-books, funding within the UK is continuing to be sucked into a huge void labelled ‘The 2012 Olympic games’. At the time of writing the bill for this has risen to a spectacular £9 billion from its original estimate of £2.5 billion. It’s also likely to go even higher as we now discover that the Government may have overestimated the money (by £1 billion) it can get for land it plans to sell off after 2012.
We know that this has had a knock on effect with funding that would normally go to disability arts, for example, and that most of this spending will go towards supporting a belief structure that encourages the worship of the body perfect. Of course there’ll be the ‘Special Olympics’, but let’s not kid ourselves that this isn’t anything more than a token attempt at inclusion for the Disabled members of society (if in fact we wanted to take part in this gratuatus display of patronisation by the non-disabled organisors).