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Slaving away

So the Olympic Delivery Authority is promising that the London 2012 Olympics will not go the way of the Wembley fiasco, is it? Well well well… what a pledge. What is true is that there is no way its going to be late. It’s amazing how the promise of global humiliation concentrates the mind. Even the Greek construction industry managed to just about pull it round in time for 2004. The Chinese, according to increasingly depressing news reports, have another strategy to guarantee that they hit the deadline; slave labour. Oh what an ethical bastion the Olympic movement has become; it really would dish out the dubious honour of hosting the ‘sporting spectacle’ to anyone wouldn’t it? These slaves will not even get to see the games; they’re gonna be packed off back to their rural hell-hole as soon as the last lick of paint is dry. I wonder how Herzog & De Meuron, the global architects behind the ‘bird’s nest stadium’ feel about this? By the way does anyone know the contractual arrangements of the labourers working on Wilkinson Eyre’s 432m-high Guangzhou Tower by the way? Astragal would love to hear from anyone that does…

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