Today there is good news for both athletes and torch bearers, and some unbelievable news for a young lady who applied for family tickets.
If Stella McCartney had followed her father into the music business, he'd have been accused of nepotism. It is clear though that genius does run in families, because although she opted for a career in fashion, she has reached the top of the tree on merit. Today, at the Tower of London, her designs for the Olympic costumes for our athletes and para-athletes were unveiled to an overwhelmingly positive reception. This was not entirely surprising as she had consulted with them, apparently at some length; equally unsurprisingly, she decided to base her designs on the Union Jack.
Part of the ceremony of the Olympics is those people running round the country passing on the flame, but what happens to the torches afterwards? One would have imagined they would have been given to the bearers, but it appears they are to be sold to the bearers. For £199 each. Now, a London council has stepped in and said it will pay for any of its residents that carry a torch. This is good news for torch bearers from Waltham Forest, though not necessarily for its council tax payers. Watch out for torches on Ebay later this year!
Finally, a couple from Lewisham applied successfully for Olympic Games tickets, and as the lady concerned became pregnant, she contacted the organisers to inform them. Their reply left Government Minister Hugh Robertson speechless when the lady's MP Joan Ruddock read it out in the House of Commons: “she was told to purchase an extra seat for the baby - but the seat could not be guaranteed next to the parents”.
Who says bureaucrats have a monopoly on red tape lunacy?