When I visited the Olympic Site while it was still under construction, about eighteen months ago, I was really impressed with the "legacy" which, it was intended, would breathe new life into this area of the East End years
after the Games are over. I particularly liked the idea that the Athletes Village would become affordable housing and the Media Centre converted into a school to cater for all the children who would move into the new homes with their families. 11,000
homes altogether were to be created, including 2818 apartments in the block where the Olympic athletes will reside for the duration of the Games.
It was so disappointing, therefore, to
read today that there are real doubts that the "affordable housing" will be within the reach of most of those local people in need of a helping hand onto the housing ladder. So many Londoners have paid towards the Olympics, through their taxes.
The least they are entitled to expect is that those promises will be met.
Bob Diamond, Chief Executive of beleaguered Barclays Bank, once said that an organisation's culture can be described
as "how people behave when you think that no-one is watching." I suspect that goes down now as one of those "things I wish I'd never said."
Meanwhile Barclays Chairman, Marcus
Agius, who sounds for all the world like a Roman Centurion, "falls on his sword" (according to the Daily Mail, whose sub-editor obviously studied Ancient History too.) Nobody has yet recorded his last words. "Et tu, Bob?" perhaps.....