Forget the Algerian hostage stuff or our involvement in Afghanistan, forget the budget deficit or QE, forget the gloomy economy, forget even the snow. Small beer the lot of them compared to this cataclysmic news,
Yep it seems like this guy won’t get free money to practice jumping in the water in unison with Tom Daley any more. Without free money he can’t do that apparently and he doesn’t sound happy about it. He could even lose his house.
Perhaps it’s a silly idea but he could try getting a job and engaging in voluntary commercial interactions like half of the country. Can anyone be sympathetic to this guy? Sure he maybe a good diver but I have to pay him to practice? I kinda like the gym, but I am not asking him to pay for me. So really Peter, get a job, practice in your spare time if you have any. If that’s not possible than accept the fact that if you want a jaunt to Brazil in 2016, you’ll have to pay for it. Stop calling for the state to jail people who don’t want to fund you. Because that is what you are in effect doing. Please don’t imagine this is an anti-diving rant, if it was my decision, I wouldn’t fund even a single athlete of any kind. If it means less (or no) medals for ‘Team GB” meh….
We also had the quite predictable news that the taxpayer had been raped again for 8,841 tickets to allow scores of top civil servants, ministers, actors and business leaders to attend the Olympics and Paralympics.
Perhaps they should buy their own tickets in tough (or any) economic circumstances? Tax revenue is seen (and always has been seen) as for the disposal of the collecting elite as they see fit. Once people accept that, the scales will fall from their eyes. This isn’t one off corruption it is quite normal, par-for-the-course behaviour. It was ever thus and the only way to get rid of it, is to get rid of taxes.