Soldiers rest under camouflage covers and tarpaulin
as they guard the tow path of the Rover Lea near
the Olympic stadium and Olympic site in Stratford.
'Winning' the Olympic Games will be recorded as a great national disaster in history.
Why? We have reduced the country to a state of paranoia and the terrorists have already won.
The media continue to do their best to show enthusiasm for the event but they're paid to do so. Here, in the far north, there is less excitement and even less interest.
David Starkey, for all his faults, expressed the feelings of many:
I am fed up of this national act of everybody get together, jump up and down and pretend they’re at a school camp for the Olympics. I hate forced celebration, I hate turning my capital city into a theme park. I hate Zil limousine lanes. I hate the Olympic emblem which has become a kind of plague curse on the entire city, distorting it, perverting it ...
Yesterday we heard that the military, who have been drafted in at exceptionally short notice, will not be paid any bonus. Other public service workers will be paid extra for working at the games, but not the Army. The Home Office has stated that any military personnel who have had to cancel paid for holidays will have any cancellation costs refunded. Ask anyone belonging to the military about claiming the cost of a rail or air fare and you will be told "It's not worth the hassle". The Home Office will know from MoD sources that few will attempt to recoup loses.
Many soldiers, just back from spending 6 or more months in Afghanistan have arranged a holiday with their families.
The police are now saying they're in charge and more have been brought into London. All will be paid overtime and will not be living in this type of accommodation. However, the Army will get on with the job without complaint. It's the only public service we can completely rely on when our safety could be at risk.
So spend a minute or two in gratitude and also remember, many of those latest military Olympic security recruits were issued with their P45 recently, yet they won't find work once they leave the services - although most have been highly trained in skills needed in the country. Is it any wonder our country is rapidly falling into social and economic decline?
Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail.