You know what? No, I'm not in favour of the amount of money we've had to shell out to pay for the Olympics, but Manuel Hoeferlin thinks we should give the 2012 Olympics to Germany to host because of the riots?
Really? Leaving aside the fiasco the 1972 Munich Games were (although he's a fine one to talk about us not being able to secure the Games after the heartbreaking disaster that Germany hosted, but, whatever, the past is the past), and my own feelings on the subject (it's two frickin' weeks! And we've paid how much
so far?!) I'm going to paste in the comment I left on that page because I want to see what y'all think.
...And because the majority of people commenting on the actual page are, like, 'oh, we won the war, we won football 4-1, 4-1, 4-1'...such eloquence! Not.
'Fine, host the games. But pay us all the money we've shelled out to host the two-week event (plus the paras, of course). As far as I can see, he's only brought this idea up because a) Germany have just failed on their bid to host the 2018 games and b) they want the glory of it without the expense. The taxpayers in this country have paid a lot of money to set up the stadiums etc for the Games - why should we suffer because a politician from another country is doing what politicians do best - blustering and preening and convinced that they know best when, really, they don't? Pay us the millions we've spent, and then I'll happily let another country host the Games - just give us back what most of us didn't want to shell out in the first place.
Besides, by the time the Olympics roll around, the country will be pulling together again. As much as I disapprove of the outrageous spending by the Olympic Committee, I can't deny that sport does bring people together. One only has to look at the 1995 rugby World Cup to see that sport can be the greatest common denominator that the human race has.
Do not condemn an entire country by the actions of a few - the majority of the British people are upstanding citizens who are appalled by the so-called riots and rioters. Many countries have embarrassing moments in their histories and this is, unfortunately, ours. Before some clever so-and-so decides to point out to me that our police can't control the looters, I'd like to both point to the protests in recent history in France and Greece, to name but two countries, and to say that, yes, the police had trouble in the beginning but we are clawing back our dignity and our streets, now, proving that there is still human decency left in this country with examples of clean-up operations, the donation of clothing and food to those left homeless, and the culprits who are overcome with shame and handing themselves in - in ever increasing numbers.
We will overcome this. Just give us a chance.'
So, what do you guys think? Any British taxpayers irked about the amount of money earmarked for the Olympics? And those of you from other countries - do you think we should let the Olympics be held in another country for safety reasons?
Honestly interested to hear your thoughts, guys. And, please, let's remember the advice of Basil Fawlty and "don't mention the war!"
(And, y'know, let's not Germany-bash, m'kay? Germany's an awesome country, the Germans are awesome people, and that's not the point of the discussion anyway.)