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Earth shattering news

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,

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/diving/9812256/Peter-Waterfield-may-have-to-quit-as-Tom-Daleys-diving-partner-because-of-UK-Sport-funding-cut.html

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/9811577/Burying-bad-news-claim-after-ministers-say-who-got-1.2million-worth-of-free-London-2012-tickets.html

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.

8 Comments

  1. Mike Spilligan says:

    Thanks for this. Sometimes I think I’m the only person who doesn’t want to be compelled to finance others doing their hobbies, pastimes and leisure activities and others’ expense. Moreover it’s adding insult to injury when they need to travel to exotic locations to do them.

  2. John Galt says:

    I also have a problem subsidizing MP’s drinking habit’s in the Palace of Westminster, but if we’re going to start some Sport England and other QANGO’s seems as good a place to start as any. Give me a shout when they’ve abolished 90% of whatever they call the Department of Education nowadays.

    Just leave Gove and a small team to dish out funding on a parental choice basis to autonomous and independent schools (i.e. Death to LEA’s).

    Ban the bloody state unions and we’ll be on the road to prosperity sharpish…

  3. If this diver is that good and that talented, surely there must be some commercial organisation that is willing to fund his training and support? Why does it have to be the poor bloody taxpayer yet again?

  4. Robert Edwards says:

    I have not done the arithmetic (I am certain someone will have done) but it might be revealing to cost the price per medal achieved by ‘Team GB” (Yuk) and anybody else.

    I like sport, follow it rather than participate now, but it seems to me to be completely iniquitous to simply throw money at competition. We have footy and motor racing for that, surely?

    I realize that a decent nag costs q. a lot of money for the purposes of equestrianism, but now much practice does it take to learn to dive?

  5. John Galt says:

    I realize that a decent nag costs q. a lot of money for the purposes of equestrianism…

    Why should Mr. & Mrs. Taxpayer cough up for it when it could be better spent on their gas bill.

    Any and all state subsidized nags should be flogged off to Ermintrude and Dobbin Burgers Ltd.

  6. *innocent face* says:

    “…but how much practice does it take to learn to dive?”

    “We have footy … for that, surely?”

  7. Laird says:

    “I’ve been diving for 20 years and I’ve never had a financial sponsor.”

    I guess that shows just how important synchronized diving is to the public at large, if he can’t find a commercial enterprise anywhere to subsidize his hobby. Personally, I hadn’t even heard about it before this Olympics. Another “junk” sport added to the list to placate the sponsoring nation. Oh, joy.

    And really, at age 31, just how long does he think he can continue to do this anyway, even with a sponsor? Athletics is a young man’s game, and he’s no longer young. He should have started thinking a long time ago about what he was going to do after competitive “sport” (calling diving a “sport” is a bit of a stretch!) was no longer possible, and begun to prepare accordingly. The fact that he (apparently) has done nothing along those lines suggests something about his intelligence.

  8. Lynne says:

    Today it’s been wall to wall Obummer inauguration. My vomit bucket runneth over…

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