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Why I'll be Supporting the Union's Proposed Olympic Strike

Posted: 01/03/2012 22:59

I enjoy the odd bit of sport. My personal achievement highlights include: coming twelfth in the UK at springboard diving, appearing on Blue Peter as part of my school's skipping team and winning the year six sports day sack race. Let it be said - I won't be bothering the Team GB Olympics squad anytime soon.

Not that I'll be losing any sleep, however, since it appears the 2012 Games are increasingly being revealed as a sick, corrupt feeding-frenzy for the 1% to line their coffers at the expense of the already struggling general populace. The private traffic lanes, the wealth flaunting, the taxpayer-footed VIP tickets - it's an athletic orgy of entitlement for a select minority.

Sure the sporting spectacle and its grandiose ceremonies are enjoyable, but peel away the Lycra, steroids and weepy national-pride and you'll reveal an ultimately rotten event which serves only its politicos, VIPs and corporate, earth-screwing, behemoth sponsors - Coca Cola, MacDonalds, Visa, Nike et al, you know who you are.

Len McCluskey, leader of Unite has got both parliamentarians and Olympocrats' panties in a bunch. On Tuesday McCluskey vocalised a proposed strike over their rejected pay deal for London Underground staff. His stance was that the continued attacks on public sector workers were, "So deep and ideological" that targeting the games would be justified.

"Our very way of life is being attacked. By then this crazy Health and Social Care Bill may have been passed, so we are looking at the privatisation of our National Health Service. I believe the unions, and the general community, have got every right to be out protesting." He added.

Earlier this week Cameron tried to convince us McCluskey's strike was, "Unacceptable and unpatriotic" while Clegg bleated, "At a time when we can showcase to the world that we are positively and optimistically putting on this fantastic event, he wants to bring people out on the streets."

Unpatriotic you say, Cameron? Just a shade hypocritical from the man behind the rather unpatriotically shafting of the working and middle classes, the vulnerable, students, the NHS, pensions - hell, just about any of the 99%. Clegg could also do well to note it's hard for said disenfranchised 99% to feel buoyantly 'positive and optimistic' when their very way of life is being dismantled by yourselves and the banking cabal you serve.

Forget the jingoistic bluster, hype and propaganda. People are angry and are no longer the blind, flag-waving serfs we are expected to be by the governing elite. Contrary to Cameron, Unite's proposal to co-opt the games is patriotism personified and whether or not the strike will be executed, its proposition is is something most should be getting behind. Given that sick and vulnerable patients will lie stranded in ambulances whilst a cavalcade of sponsors, dignitaries (perhaps even the odd athlete) speed by in their Mercs along one of the VIP lanes, London's transport system is already pretty screwed, strike or no strike.

Dow Chemical's £7m Olympic Stadium wrap sponsorship now hangs over the games like a noxious cloud of macabre gloom. Despite India's threat to boycott the games over Dow's liabilities with the 1984 Bophal disaster - causing the deaths of up to 15,000 - the lobbying to LOCOG to drop it fell on deaf ears. Last month's resignation-in-protest of Olympics sustainability body commissioner, Meredith Alexander underscores everything: "I believe people should be free to enjoy London 2012 without this toxic legacy on their conscience." She claimed.

Officially the biggest volunteer programme since WW2 (now there's a clue) like some neo-sporting Stasi, an army of 70,000 unpaid 'Games Makers' (codeword: 'Games Slaves') will spend a minimum(!) of 10 days toiling away - gratis, of course - to assist the farcical festival in running smoothly. Fortunately Seb Coe and his trough-swilling Olympic bureaucrat chums won't be working gratis: Coe and Paul Deighton, LOCOG CEO, earned a total of £365,507 and £777,964 respectively in the financial year 2009-10.

Lucky for some, eh?

Officials totally overlooked these games slaves - I mean, makers, accommodation needs and now many face the prospect of nowhere to reside in the capital for the event. Oversight? Or Indifference? Either way, sadly many of the willing apparatchiks will remain oblivious to their exploitation. In times where youth unemployment is at an all time low this is a vulgar, disgusting scheme, but fundamentally unsurprising given jobseekers are being forced into unpaid labour for globalist corporations like Tesco and Sainsburys.

Even if the games go ahead strike free, the police state level of security will render it closer to Hilter's 1936 Berlin Olympics than the high-spirited, fun-spirited athletic celebration they'd have us believe. The obscene, absurd security (SAS riverside bases, 12,000 police, 20,000 security guards, 300 MI5 agents) will not be deployed to protect us from 'terrorism' (unless false-flag, of course) it is there to combat the uprising masses. Security spending - which has rocketed from £213 million to £553 million - has been paid for by us to be used against us. This seemingly illustrates the games are indeed an exercise of authoritarian elitism.

As Martin Luther King once said, "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people."

Should the unions strike it will cause some inevitable sabre-rattling from disgruntled commuters and games-goers, but that's a small price to pay for an internationally humiliated government and a significant vindication by the silenced 'good people'.

Should they not, I say, to those manning buses and ambulances: #OccupytheVIPlanes

 

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