What Price is worth paying for Olympic egos?

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The BBC report today that the Pakistan Government is saying that the cost of rebuilding as a result of the devastation caused by flooding could be as much as £10 billion. That is the cost for restoring essential services to around 20% of the country and millions of people.

The budget for the Olympic Games in London in 2012 was set at £9.3 billion in 2007 and has no doubt crept north ever since. When compared to the impact that similar sums could have in Pakistan it is hard not to conclude that the Olympics are a severe waste of money that could be spent on far better causes.

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