The money was already earmarked for the olympics. Stop being so dramatic.Quote:
The extra money comes from within the £9.3bn Olympic public funding package.
You seem to be deliberately missing my point there Mattx. The money is already spent. It is allocated, and done with. The Olympics are going ahead, there's no stopping that - if we did, the government would end up being sued 10 ways from Tuesday, and we'd end up an international laughing stock and somewhere that people don't want to do business with - because the government can't keep its promises.
This government is making the best of what they were handed. They were handed the Olympics, by Labour, and they have to now make sure it is a success.
The way you're talking makes it sound like then entire idea of hosting the Olympics was Cameron's idea, and that he has now decided to stop building schools to fund it. The Olympic budget was decided by Labour, not this government.
So, direct your angst at them.
As I said, whining about money being spent that has been intended to be spent in this way for years, is kinda like crying over spilled milk. No government would ever decide 'right, that's too much money being spent on this event that puts the country in the international spotlight, and is generating jobs, even if temporary, in the middle of an economic downturn, lets cut the budget'. The budget is a legal contract signed with the IOC.
Haven't they just earmarked £1.2bn to be spent on school buildings?
The government spends three quarters of a trillion pounds a year, and a few of you are quibbling about £40m. We spend that much per day on the EU (in various forms such as CAP payments) . We spend £80m a day on the NHS.