Saturday, 3 March 2012
New Olympic sport announced
Coe and his cronies have just announced that a new Oympic sport is to be previewed at London 2012 for the first time : 'Find a cheap hotel room'...
Now admittedly this has never been easy in London at the best of times, but now the game is officially of truly Olympic proportions!
Amazed by the operation of a basic function of everyday economics called 'supply and demand', the Chief Executive of VisitBritain, Sandie Dawe, has been slagging off hotel operators for hiking their prices during the games. Rather naive I would say if I was being polite about it. Everybody knows that in times of high demand and limited supply prices tend to rocket.
On top of all this, Locock the games organisers have handed back 120,000 room nights that are "surplus to requirements" and originally booked for officials and sponsors. Do the math : divide 120,000 room nights by 4 weeks to be generous and that's one fuck of a lot of freeloaders being paid for out of our taxes!
Many hotels have trebled their prices for the duration of the Olympics as well as stipulating minimum stays and payments in advance. You can't blame them - and if Ms Dawe thinks that this is unrealistic then she's totally out of touch with reality.
As former U.S. Vice President, Spiro Agnew, once so succinctly put it "When you have them by the balls, then the head and the heart follow..."
My advice is simple. If you don't want to pay the price then don't come. I won't be there...