Olympic sized kick in the guts!

London 2012 and the UK government said that The London Olympics, paid for by the people of London, England and the rest of the UK, would bring much needed jobs into the country.

London 2012 and the UK government said that The London Olympics, paid for by the people of London, England and the rest of the UK, would be the greenest Olympics ever.

The following piece is from the London Evening Standard.  

“Tickets for the London 2012 Olympics are to be printed in the US.

Arkansas-based firm Weldon, Williams & Lick has won a contract to supply what is thought to be the UK’s biggest single ticket requirement for a sporting event.

London 2012 said the contract is for the “bulk of tickets” but could not say how many would be included in the order.

It means the consignment will be air freighted 4,500 miles from Arkansas.

Approximately 8.8 million tickets for the Olympics and two million for the Paralympics have gone on sale to the public in Britain in the past year.

A London 2012 spokesman said: “The contract to print and fulfil the bulk of tickets for London 2012 was awarded following a thorough, competitive and open procurement process.

“The company which won the bid has worked on several previous Games, met all of our criteria around security, budget and scale and has specialist systems in place to personalise, print and package tickets on the scale we require.”.”

The cost of the Games would create and protect jobs?

Yes if you live in Arkansas, USA!

The cost of the Games would help make them the greenest ever?

Yes if you ignore the pollution caused by flying the tickets 4,500 miles!

Are there no London or English based companies that can be trusted to deliver the goods?

This is just one  ‘Olympic sized kick in the guts’!

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