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Minister: Olympics Will Boost GB's Confidence
The London Games will show the world what Britain is capable of, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
"We've been through a very difficult patch and I think what we're going to see over the next seven weeks, is us showing the world what we're really capable of.
He said the UK's building industry would be a major benefactor.
"But here you have the biggest construction project in Europe completed on time - most of it a year early - to a budget that was set in 2007."
"This is the global sporting event," he said. "The reason people compete so hotly to get it is because of what it does for a country. It allows you to showcase your country, to present your country to the world."
Lord Coe said he has an input but the final decision will be taken by the ceremony creative teams headed by Danny Boyle and Stephen Bayley.
There is a threatened walk-out over pay and conditions, but Mr Johnson said he is confident workers will choose to get behind the Olympics.
"I think the overwhelming majority of (union members) will want to get behind the Olympic Games and come to work. I'm sure that's what's going to happen.
Meanwhile, the Olympic torch was held aloft on top of the London Eye this morning by student explorer Amelia Hempleman.
Amelia, now 17, is the daughter of adventurer David Hempleman-Adams, who carried out the expedition with her last December.
Thousands of people lined the route through Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, and Havering and Bexley.
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what do you think?
I think that there should be a rule that all MPs should live on this planet.
d and d Phillips
I'd prefer it if they were all shipped off to outer space.
Outer outer space would suit me better.
Hold on Orange!!! Explain please. What on earth was wrong with saying Outer outer space would suit me? Explain yourself please.
Windows Live User
Well, before we all get into our whinging mode about the olympics, what its cost us, the gaffs that we have read about etc etc., firstly shouldnt we remember the youngsters worldwide that have trained hard for 4 years to be ready on the day? After all it is their time
Did Rupert ask you to say that jeremy?
Mmmm...boost national confidence? Like my friend WLU below, I'd like to think I have confidence in our athletes who have shown dedication and worked hard to achieve the success of obtaining a place to compete in the Olympic Games. I wish them all the best. ON THE OTHER HAND..I have little confidence in the organisers and we have seen justification for this. But as for you MPs, who will try to squeeze as much political capital as they can from these games, THINK AGAIN, if you think that the Olypmics is going to have us all believeing that our politicians are really not that bad. Confidence indeed Mr Hunt, but not in the likes of you.
David P below suggested below that he would like to see our MPs shipped off to outer space. This was in response to our Gordon's comment that there should be a rule demanding that our MPs lived on this planet. I responded to David's comment, saying Outer outer space would suit me better. Can someone shed some light on how such a comment would amount to a violation of terms and conditions of this forum. The Orange moderators are nitwits.
Robin Van Der Spiegel
They haven't blocked it Michael
Oh! That's odd. They had done for a while. Now it's back.
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HA HA HA what a joke !!!!!!!!!!!!! the mans an idiot .
Oh I see, the reason for the Olympics is for a Country to tout for business and fill its coffers, and there was me thinking it was a sporting event! silly me... Mind you, every time I turn on the TV there is another athlete flogging something so I suppose the rest of us should get in on the act too! Seriously, good luck to the GB team and hope your training pays off and we can wave lots of medals about!