Andrew Gilligan’s Olympic struggle goes on
Pleased to see that Evening Standard scribe Andrew Gilligan’s latest
blog entry column picks up the points I made 10 days ago about the Greenwich Olympics meeting held at the Dome. Perhaps he was too busy last week considering rough sex and TK Maxx to turn his matters to the park.
Anyway, there’s very little there you won’t read there that you wouldn’t have got from me or The Greenwich Phantom 10 days ago – but he does get Greenwich Council to confirm the suspicion that people who live close to Greenwich Park but happen to live in the borough of Lewisham weren’t able to get into the meeting.
Oh, and he also claims US PR firm Vocus has (or had) been hired by Greenwich Council for the meeting. To what extent they are involved is unclear. Like I said before, Greenwich Council will be London 2012’s worst enemy in trying to sell the Games to people around here.
Gilligan ends his piece “the struggle continues…” without actually dealing with what happened at the meeting. Was he there? Did anybody see him there?
I asked 10 days ago where the anti-Games lobby would go, especially after many people’s fears seemed to be allayed by LOCOG’s representatives in the meeting. The answer? It hasn’t gone very far – the Save Greenwich Park blog has gathered dust and NOGOE‘s website hasn’t been updated.
I’m sure I’ve seen more NOGOE posters in shop windows in Blackheath in the past week or so, though, implying the park will be “a NO GO area in 2012 for several months” – flatly denied by LOCOG representatives. At a time when the Olympic plans need to go under close scrutiny, scaremongering is little short of irresponsible. Now the facts have been laid bare, will NOGOE adapt their arguments to suit? We wait and see.