Ghost towns are not centres of business prosperity

By what appears to be good management and expert effort the government calculates that the London Olympics 2012, which cost the country more than £9 billion in taxes, produced indirect financial benefits for the country of £9.9 billion.

I do not believe the figures and do not believe the government. I do believe the dozens of owners of small and medium sized businesses that I have met and spoke to about the impact of the Olympics on their businesses. All reported that during the period from the start of the Olympics until the end of the Para Olympics that business was down and many incurred unexpected losses over this period.

I do know that Central London was a bit like a ghost town during the Olympics and I also know that ghost towns are not centres of business prosperity.  Made up figures will not fool anyone into believing that the Olympics were a financial success.

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