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SBD/July 20, 2012/Olympics
Additional 1,200 U.K. Soldiers On Standby; Transport Concerns Persist For London Games
Published July 20, 2012
GROUNDED: In London, Richard Ford notes airports face disruption "on the eve of the Olympics as thousands of civil servants plan to strike on the peak arrival day for Games visitors” (LONDON TIMES, 7/20). Also in London, Alan Jones noted the Public & Commercial Services Union's “24-hour strike” is a “row over jobs, pay and other issues.” The action will “hit border controls at ports and airports including Heathrow, threatening disruption" Games travel (London INDEPENDENT, 7/19). May said the strike was “shameful.” She added that the government would “put contingency plans in place to help people come through the border as smoothly as possible” (FINANCIAL TIMES, 7/20).
A ROUGH GO: The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Ainsley Thomson wrote the buildup to the Games “remained mired in difficulties” and “beset with problems” (WSJ.com, 7/19). In N.Y., Sarah Lyall writes under the header, “The Olympic Spirit, British Style: When Will This Nightmare End?” Many Londoners “feel they are getting the worst part of the Olympics -- the cost, the hassle, the officials telling them not to do things or go places -- without any of the benefits” (N.Y. TIMES, 7/20). In London, Ben Bryant writes LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe "dismissed" the notion" that a “negative narrative” had built up around the Games. Coe: “I’m talking to people who think they have come to a Games that has delivered in the areas that they need in a way that no Games has delivered before. Everywhere we go the reality of it is people are overwhelmingly very positive about what we are doing” (London TELEGRAPH, 7/20).