OK, here’s simple question. How much would you pay for one of these?
These are Olympic Medals and in less than 500 days the monumentally pointless waste of public money known as the 2012 London Olympics will be under way. So what better way to prove that 13 years of Labour misrule have taught us bugger all, than to set some targets?
Apparently targets are good. Targets enable us to measure performance and to ensure that we are getting value for money. At the last count the Olympics are costing us, the taxpayer, £9,300,000,000 for the venue alone. That’s £155 per person. They took mine. I was never asked.
And have you seen the Soviet style accomodation blocks they reckon are going to end up as desirable housing!??!
But let’s not go there…
Instead, let’s look at the targets. Sport UK says they are setting a target of 31-60 medals for the main games. UK Sport says that £100,000,000 has been ‘invested’ in our athletes with 2012 in mind. This puts us in the top 3 sports ‘investors’ in the world. So here’s some simple maths. If we get 60 medals – which I find find frankly unlikely – then each medal will have cost every single person in Britain an ‘investment’ of £1.65.
Frankly, I’d rather invest mine in a cup of coffee…