Ken Livingstone - My Fake Diary
Thursday, 9 August 2012
Who's who: Political credit from London Olympics:
"The Games might be happening 15 years after he left Downing Street, but there are those who say Sir John should take credit for Team GB's successes. It was his government that introduced the National Lottery in 1994, a vital source of funding for many of our Olympic athletes. Kevin Jefferys, professor of contemporary history at Plymouth University, describes it as Sir John's "key achievement" in sport policy. The money was too late to make any difference at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Professor Jefferys argues, when Britain finished 36th in the medal table.
But it has made a huge difference since then, he says. David Cameron has made the same point as Team GB has climbed up the medal table during the Games.
But it was Ken Livingstone who was the figurehead for the capital when the right to stage the Games was won in 2005. Mr Livingstone told judges from the International Olympic Committee in Singapore: "The regeneration of the area around the Olympic Park is already under way. The Games guarantee this regeneration will create a community where sport is an integral part of everyday life."
So that's offical then - It was me who should get the Political credit!
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