Lord Coe wants to ensure that the 2012 Olympics are the greatest show on Earth, rather than the greatest scam. The British taxpayer will feel it’s a bit late in the day for such sentiments. We’re already spending more than £9 billion on hosting what basically amounts to a fortnight of people running, jumping and throwing things around in our capital city.
But of course, the chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games isn’t referring to the egregious waste of public money; he’s underscoring his determination to prevent the little guy from making any sort of a profit out of the 2012 fiasco.
To this end, as tickets to the Games go on sale today, the penalty for ticket touting is to increase fourfold. If you seek to subvert, alter or undermine the exact allocation of tickets as determined by Lord Coe and his central committee, you could be hit with a fine as high as £20,000.
But what exactly are those who are running a secondary market in ticket sales supposed to be doing wrong here? My interest in athletics is tiny. I’m unlikely to waste even ten seconds of my life watching Usain Bolt win the 100m final on television. If I had a ticket for this