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July 16, 2012

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Edward Huxley

Well, he sounded confident enough. Another attempt to gloss over the failure of G4S which led to large numbers of troops being used.

This cover-up of the truth reminds me of that great funny play "Noises Off".

I wonder, will it be "alright on the night?".

John Prendergast

EDward, no, I confidently await more cock ups while Army has to deploy its P45 division to paper over these cracks.

Edward Huxley

Reply to John P above. Telegraph on line reports "32 mile queue as first Games lane opens on motorway".You can vote, 88% are against lane reservation for Olympic officials etc.

The cock ups have only just begun. Wait till the Games start.

Axstane

Far better than a ragtag body of unemployed immigrants who cannot speak English adequately.

john parkes

I have no great passion for or against the Olympic Games in general and their being staged here in particular. However what makes me very cross indeed is the growing attempts to denigrate, undermine and attack the organisation and probable outcome of this 2012 extravagana. Curiously much of it comes from the sort of people who might rightly consider themselves to be patriots; people who would spring to the defence of the UK if it were criticised by outsiders. However the greater part comes from Labour (Yvette Cooper-Balls especially) who seem hell-bent on making political capital out of whatever they can dredge up; sniping in particular at G4S, to whom they awarded the contract for the recruitment of security personnel. Before there is much real evidence as to whether the systems will work or not, there seems to be this compelling need to run down the UK for all the world to hear, never mind suggesting to those bent on mischief that there will be an opportunity to create uproar.
All I can say is that I hope the 2012 Olympic Games will be a resounding success and the only queue we shall see will be the critics lining up to eat a very large helping of humble pie.

john parkes

I have no great passion for or against the Olympic Games in general and their being staged here in particular. However what makes me very cross indeed is the growing attempts to denigrate, undermine and attack the organisation and probable outcome of this 2012 extravagana. Curiously much of it comes from the sort of people who might rightly consider themselves to be patriots; people who would spring to the defence of the UK if it were criticised by outsiders. However the greater part comes from Labour (Yvette Cooper-Balls especially) who seem hell-bent on making political capital out of whatever they can dredge up; sniping in particular at G4S, to whom they awarded the contract for the recruitment of security personnel. Before there is much real evidence as to whether the systems will work or not, there seems to be this compelling need to run down the UK for all the world to hear, never mind suggesting to those bent on mischief that there will be an opportunity to create uproar.
All I can say is that I hope the 2012 Olympic Games will be a resounding success and the only queue we shall see will be the critics lining up to eat a very large helping of humble pie.

Public Sector Worker

Reply to Edward Huxley: "Reply to John P above. Telegraph on line reports "32 mile queue as first Games lane opens on motorway".You can vote, 88% are against lane reservation for Olympic officials etc.

The cock ups have only just begun. Wait till the Games start."

Saw an interview with Boris on Sky News this morning and they had their Skycopter in the air at the same time over one of these lanes, think they said it was the approach to Hammersmith. Eamon (sp?) Holmes was attempting to berate Boris over the projected congestion with the Olympic lanes and tried to use the live footage to wrong foot him.

Boris mentioned that signs were up and that motorists could quite happily use these lanes when not in use. The skycopter, as if on cue, zoomed in on the temporary LED sign that did indeed state that the Olympic lanes were open for use despite traffic trying to move into the other lanes.

That's not to say it isn't flawed as the sign was by the inside lane rather than the outside one, but as a temporary measure wouldn't have been practical anywhere else.

Edward Huxley

Reply to P S W. Thankyou, we`ll have to see how things progress and how many motorists get fined. Nobody wants traffic gridlock.

Incidentally, the reserved lanes don`t just apply on motorways and in London. We have them on the Egham by-pass, a busy road, often congested at peak times, for competitors and officials between Royal Holloway College and the water sports at Eton.

Public Sector Worker

Edward, the lanes are valid for this period though as apparently in Atlanta athletes missed their events and couldn't compete due to traffic problems. I don't think it's much to ask for a few weeks, even though I have zero interest in the Olympics or athletics in general and don't live anywhere near any of the sites.

Edward Huxley

P S W Yes but people still have to get to work,to hospitals etc. As I said, we`ll have to see how it works out. I`m long retired so it won`t affect me.

Ricardian

Reply to John Parkes. As usual John a measured, completely accurate assessment of the situation. Yvette Cooper delights in pointless questions in Parliament dragging Theresa May to Parliament when she would be better employed getting to the bottom of the fiasco. It is entirely possible that Home Office officials are not entirely blameless in this. Wasn't it John Reid who dubbed them "not fit for purpose"? G4S is obviously one of Labour's "preferred providers" and believe me my experience of "preferred providers" (though not G4S) while Labour was in power, suggested that some of them are completely incompetant. I would imagine that the Conservatives will expect a higher standard, indeed I am grateful that we are in power and not Labour because if they had been then this would most definitely happened but we would not have heard about it and the Olympics would have been at the mercy of any terrorists who wanted to make a point.

O-Rings

Saw an interview with Boris on Sky News this morning and they had their Skycopter in the air at the same time over one of these lanes, think they said it was the approach to Hammersmith. Eamon (sp?) Holmes was attempting to berate Boris over the projected congestion with the Olympic lanes and tried to use the live footage to wrong foot him.

dui help

Thumbs up guys your doing a truly terrific job.

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