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Date published: 2005/07/06

The BBC says:

The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London, the International Olympic Committee has announced.

London won a two-way fight with Paris by 54 votes to 50 at the IOC meeting in Singapore, after bids from Moscow, New York and Madrid were eliminated.

Apparently both Finnish members of the IOC voted for London. Presumably Chirac's gratuitous insult of Finnish food (as being even worse than British food) did not help. Petty politics aside, you have to wonder if the UK can manage to stage this Olympics without major screw-ups. The transport system is a joke and they are sticking the Olympic village on a brownfield site in a part of London most people consider to be a dump, with most of the major facilities still to be built. The last big London project was the Millennium Dome, and that was a financial fiasco, and with no lasting impact in Greenwich other than a big unloved circus tent. The UK could have done most of the planned infrastructure projects without the Olympics, but the politicians are addicted to glory, and the Olympics is the biggest show in town.

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