Andy is an idiot, clearly Nero in his prime would have spent more if he could, hell all of the Roman emperors were big spenders when it comes to putting on games and gladiatorial contests on, an they all spent lavishly.
The primary beneficiaries of the Olympics are not the security contractors, which amount to just under a billion, or less than 10%, ,, it the builders, the architects, other engineering contractors who have gotten the vast bulk of the 11 billion, worst case figure that the media likes to bring up when costing the Olympics.
He also ignore the Westfield shopping centre which would never have been built if there was not an Olympics on, according to a local news papers, if construction did not start before the recession then Westfield would never have been built, they move up there plans by 2 or three years, thousands of people are currently employed there, mostly long term unemployed from the local area would still be unemployed.
the people of East London and Essex, me being one of them, will have a fantastic new park, a brilliant new swimming pool, which is probably the best in the world, a velodrome which every rider agrees is the best in the world. An a far better transport infrastructure, work which would never have been done if the Olympic was not in town. Nothing like a deadline of world importance to get local and national politicians motivated.
The army, air force and the navy will be nowhere near as visible as he makes out. There will not be helicopters or euro fighters flying back and fourth across the Thames. Mainly because they been base so close to the Olympic site that they can get there from dry in less than 10 minutes, if Euro fighters are kept in the air, they will be flown well away from the event, probably over the north sea, an at high altitude, you are very unlikely to even be able to see them, let alone hear them, unless an incident happens.
As for the sniper, if a civilian can spots one, then they are not doing their jobs probably, they are trained to go undetected, unnoticed, invisible . Snipers have been deployed at every major public event in the UK for years, and I have been to a few of those and have never manage to spot one from the ground.
Police carrying machine guns, I have seen armed cops at the tube stations before, especially Liverpool street, Euston station patrolling, most people in London are use to that. They are now just carrying slightly more powerful weapons, which they have been doing for the past couple of years, most people will not be able to tell the difference between the weapons they carried before to the weapons they can carry now.
""There are to be naval landing craft roaming the coast off Weymout""
It not unusual to see the odd military vessel in that part of the world.
He clearly forgotten the 9/11 events, if he does not understand why the missiles are being deployed. Yes it unlikely any aircraft will even get close to London, but those missiles are the very last line of defence.
The only problem I have are the VIP Olympic lanes, there no need for officials to be base in central London, they could have easily been place in Hotels in Essex, around Loughton, Epping, Chigwell area and had a direct train take them on the central line into Stratford. They could have built additional accommodation at the Olympic Athlete village for them, if the facilities are good enough for the Athletes then they are good enough for the VIP.
I think it a shame there not a competition for moaners at the Olympics, we would have been guaranteed a gold medal then.