Letter: Fanning the flames of discontent

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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.

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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

Queen Elizabeth II reading the Queen's Speech in the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 21, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Speech. Photo credit should read: Carl Court/PA Wire

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