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Scrump BS: (UK) Olympics - are they worth the cost? (34) BS: (UK) Olympics - are they worth the cost? 16 Mar 07

The government have announced that the Olympics will cost £9.3 billion, nearly 4 times the original estimate of £2.4 bn, only estimated 3 years ago.

Do you think it's worth it? Will the cost go up further?

I believe Tessa Howell is well out of her depth - the 'Culture Secretary' role is usually given to someone useless as it's not considered important enough for a heavyweight. But the challenge of the Olympics requires somebody with a bit more nous than her. I'm not sure who would be available to replace her, though. Labour seems to have worked its way through just about everybody, and some of them can't be brought back, even with Blair's laissez faire laid-back attitude.

See this BBC article for more details.

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