Olympics: the fake consultations

George Monbiot, in today’s Guardian, on the fake consultations which accompany the Olympic developments in east London: chiefly, the difficulties one had to go to in order to get copies of the plans, which included going through a website which, “(like everything to do with the Olympics) is plagued by technical glitches”, or paying £500 for a hard copy of the documents, or waiting a couple of weeks (out of six) for the library to do, or trying to get documents over the phone from someone who does not know what you’re talking about. He also mentions that “regeneration”, while often justified in terms of benefit to local “poor” people, often drives them out when the rents and house prices go up. (Also, see this entry, about similar goings-on over rebuilding one of the railways around Stratford.)

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