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Media interest in London's Olympic bid has thrown up the usual crop of howlers. The BBC as usual didn't know whether to be supportive or sceptical, and ended up giving air time to ex-comedians like Alexei Sayle pontificating about a part of London he appeared never to have visited. Even Lord Rogers, interviewed on Radio 4's World this Weekend, said one advantage of hosting the Olympics was the additional public transport that would be triggered. The point about the London bid is that the transport infrastructure already exists or will do, whether or not we win the bid. The bid is in no way dependent on Crossrail, so the people who say it cannot be built before 2012 are missing the point.

A mind-numbing geographer and the hapless Darren Johnson of the London Greens rambled on about the importance of funding the regeneration of east London rather than an Olympic bid.

Where have these people been?

The Lower Lea Valley project is going to happen; the Olympics would just give it a kick-start to the tune of £3 billion. Let's hope the International Olympic Commission (IOC) inspection team paid attention to the facts.

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