HOW sad the contrived enthusiasm for the passage of the Olympic torch, the pretence that it will create financial benefit and influence youth attitudes towards sport and society.
It is an obvious ploy to “sell” the event, which is a money-making and investment coup for London. At best a token gift to placate simmering suspicion and discontent within England’s vassal-state.
In its present grisly form, the games are a cripplingly expensive corporate extravaganza, involving a life-programmes set of denatured fanatics, purporting to represent a nation whose culture, history and significance are now meaningless.
A cult of “higher” (costs) “faster” (bucks) and “further” (into debt). Let the torch be used to find gas leaks in the “House of Conmen”.
P KILROY, Spennithorne Avenue, Leeds