And clearly you'd know more about the current level of terrorist threat than the Home Office.
I would rather the Home Office over reacted than under reacted with something like this.
Agreed. As I understand it the objection from residents was not that it was unnecessary but they didn't want it on their flats as it made them a target. I would have thought it made them one of the safest places in London!
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I think one of their concerns was that the only security checks were once you got to the roof, where there are two security personnel stationed, so any potential terrorists have full access to the building should they desire it or are at complete liberty to just drive up to the building in a car/bus/truck bomb and detonate it at their leisure.
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I would hazard a guess that the building & surrounding area will be monitored 24/7,probably have a few plain clothes bod's about aswell.
Be like an episode of 'spooks' if anything went down >)
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Today they sent 2 bus drivers to Heathrow to take the American and Australian teams to the Olympic village. Neither driver knew the route or how to use a sat nav. Both got lost and the athletes had to use the GPS on their phones to guide the drivers to their destinations. The trip which should have taken and hour and a half took 4 hours.
You couldn't make it up!!
I reckon I could.
So more like an episode of On The Buses than Spooks, then?
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I wouldn't like it on my doorstep either. All this guff about the local residents embracing the games usually comes from people who live nowhere near ther.
The thing that sealed it for me was the recent judgement that went against some local residents who failed to stop missiles being placed on the roof of their tower block. Perhaps it's just me but this does seem a little over the top on the part of the MOD.
On the sport side, I really enjoy watching is the basketball from the Para Olympics which is one of the most aggressive and brutal games going.
The residents were perhaps concerned that any plane which the MOD managed to blow out of the sky might be landing in various parts nearby and doing some of the residents serious injury.
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Its possible that the Olympics will not be the financial success that the organisers and politicions have been predicting. There are large numbers of unsold tickets, some of the football stadiums have had to have large sections closed offand something like half a million tickets have been withdrawn from sale.
Some friends in Canada phoned at the weekend looking for hotel accomodation, and I had no difficulty finding suitable hotels within easy reach of the Olympic park.
It's mostly football that hasn't sold but when you look at the number of games being played that's not that surprising.
None of which will stop me from enjoying every EDITED minute of it, so you go revel in your misery, I've got hundreds of hours of sport to keep me amused, huzzah!
+1. Bring it on.
It is easy to say that when you don't live anywhere near it. We londoners are having our lives disrupted so that the self important Olympic "officials" can be chauffer driven to the games instead of travelling on public transport like everyone else. Some people will actually lose wages because travelling to work will become to much of an ordeal.
Londoners will also be paying extra Council Tax for years to come.
So go ahead and enjoy.
That doesn't make sense, if everyone else is travelling to work on public transport why will it be an ordeal for them if somebody else is being driven around? I mean surely nobody is dumb enough to try to drive to work in London? So who's going to lose their wages?
How much? I'd genuinely like to know.
Oh I will, but don't try to pretend you're not loving having the opportunity to have a proper old whinge about something, I mean, even the weather's going to be ok by the time the Olympics starts, so you need something to fall back on...
Wonder if sales figures will eventually show that DVD box sets were flying off the shelves just prior to the Games? I've just spent £240 at Amazon to ensure that my TV is an Olympics-free zone.
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