22 September, 2010
Guardian totally predictable shock
I have seen plenty of building projects over the years which looked barely half-finished a couple of weeks before the target completion date, but where the outstanding work was actually quite superficial and the whole thing magically came together seemingly overnight. Basically, you don't install the fancy oak pannelling and the plaster elephants until all the hairy-arse work is complete and the hairy arses themselves are safely off site. If that's what was involved here — a bit of embarrassing dog crap and some broken tiles — we might give some credit to Indian promises that it will all be alright on the night.
But it's not, is it?
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Games should be called off or, failing that, that they should be boycotted. So, does the Grauniad recommend this sensible response? Does it roundly excoriate the incompetent kleptocrats and preening fools who have permitted this situation to arise? No, instead we get an article on CiF which seems to be attempting to set our athletes up to take the blame. If they refuse to get involved with the Deathtrap Games, they will it seems be failing to show solidarity with the poor and oppressed of India. If so many of our track and field athletes weren't Black, I expect the dippy tart who wrote this piece would be accusing them of racism too.
So what's the betting the finest minds of the Guardian are not at this very moment burning the midnight oil trying to think up arguments to blame this whole sorry fuck-up on the Raj?