And as James reminded us in his Blog - millions of pounds of public development money, some of which would have been invested in Lambeth and Southwark on public sports facilities, has now been unilaterally diverted to fund the London bid.
So no guarantee we will win and, if we lose, no facilities either...
Its insulting to call the above comments the 'Victor Meldrew' mind set. It's not so surprising that public support in London is lukewarm compared to Madrid. For one thing, the farce of the Dome is still fresh in our minds and Madrid has probably gained confidence from the knowledge that 70% of their infrastructure / venues are already in place in a compact site, and unlike London they have hosted Olympic qualifying events, and will host some World championship events next year. They know they can do it and they have the added benefit of the experience / expertise gained in Barcelona.
I think it's a little harsh to dismiss me as "the Victor Meldew mindset". I respect your views, although I don't agree with them. Can't you extend me and others the same courtesy ?
As I said before, my personal preference would be to have the money spent on facilities I can actually use, rather than take the (at best) 1/5 chance that the London bid will be successful.
If we weren't bidding for the Olympics, then the LDA would have spent an additional £ 8 million in London this year, including projects in Lambeth and Southwark. All of that money is wasted if we don't win.
Oh, and I was interested to see you feel that public support for the bid in Madrid is so high. I wouldn't necessarily take everything you read on the BBC website / Radio 5 live as gospel.
The leader, yesterday, in the Madrid edition of "Veinte Minutos" (like the Evening Standard) was to the effect that the only good thing to come out of the trouble at the football was that it would rouse the Madrilenos out of their apathy and get them behind the bid - "anyone but London" was the headline.
Who is Victor Meldew? I agree with Harriet- let's spend that money on useful projects and indeed, the idea of all the money wasted if London does not win, makes me sick. And for goodness sake, London Underground can't even run a rush hour on a quiet Tuesday afternoon, let alone with so many visitors for the Olympics. Let Paris do it, please.