Operation OLYMPICS - a personal view

#1
Despite the predictions of some, the Armed Forces did play a major security role during the Olympics, and will do so during the Paralympics. The MOD link is here. In time there will be statistics of numbers of personnel involved, also ships/aircraft/missiles deployed.

Unlike many of those who got pinged at the last minute, I knew I was going, having had the mobilisation papers several months ago. As such, I had decent accommodation, no tents and thunderboxes for me. I must admit to having personal doubts about the Olympics - both because of the cost and disruption involved, and due to philosophical issues. Nonetheless, it was an opportunity to portray the UK in a positive light, with visitors from all sorts of places. In the week before the games, I read a newspaper article that claimed that the Government saw it as an opportunity to help do some business deals, so in that sense it hopefully contributed to national objectives.

Generating so many personnel at short notice may have been a pain, but did it impress anyone? It impressed me, and I wonder did it help influence or deter anyone? The General who visited my site told me that the whole thing had given HM Forces a more positive public image than at any time since the Falklands War. Personally I found this to be slightly worrying given the involvement in various theatres in the last twenty or so years, as well as continuing operations, which sadly involved loss of life during the time of the Games.

The Government is grateful too for being bailed out - will this result in any leverage for the Service Chiefs? Certain aspects of post SDSR policy are in an incoherent mess but could easily be made into a success story - if only the politicians would listen to the advice offered.

During the period of the Games, other international news stories were pushed far away from the front pages, yet the ongoing situation in Syria, and continued tensions over Iran's nuclear programme are of greater long term importance than a sporting event.
 

ugly

LE
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#2
Despite the predictions of some, the Armed Forces did play a major security role during the Olympics, and will do so during the Paralympics. The MOD link is here. In time there will be statistics of numbers of personnel involved, also ships/aircraft/missiles deployed.

Unlike many of those who got pinged at the last minute, I knew I was going, having had the mobilisation papers several months ago. As such, I had decent accommodation, no tents and thunderboxes for me. I must admit to having personal doubts about the Olympics - both because of the cost and disruption involved, and due to philosophical issues. Nonetheless, it was an opportunity to portray the UK in a positive light, with visitors from all sorts of places. In the week before the games, I read a newspaper article that claimed that the Government saw it as an opportunity to help do some business deals, so in that sense it hopefully contributed to national objectives.

Generating so many personnel at short notice may have been a pain, but did it impress anyone? It impressed me, and I wonder did it help influence or deter anyone? The General who visited my site told me that the whole thing had given HM Forces a more positive public image than at any time since the Falklands War. Personally I found this to be slightly worrying given the involvement in various theatres in the last twenty or so years, as well as continuing operations, which sadly involved loss of life during the time of the Games.

The Government is grateful too for being bailed out - will this result in any leverage for the Service Chiefs? Certain aspects of post SDSR policy are in an incoherent mess but could easily be made into a success story - if only the politicians would listen to the advice offered.

During the period of the Games, other international news stories were pushed far away from the front pages, yet the ongoing situation in Syria, and continued tensions over Iran's nuclear programme are of greater long term importance than a sporting event.
Leverage with politicians? What planet fuckwit MBA in bullshit did you come from?
You'll get the same as every other deployment for bins, fire fighting and ambulance driving! Absofuckinglutely **** all!
Its what you are paid to do!
The Olympics? What olympics oh yeah you mean that shit that disrupted Eastenders (insert babyfood for the intellect of choice) the govt same as ever will be cynically seen as shit and trying to milk it!

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#3
I agree with Ugly. Having been in 20+ years I've seen any number of examples of the Army digging out, and each time the senior officers spout the same line....in the meantime I've watched mates made redundant, seen my pension slashed and so gave up waiting patiently for the "leverage" to kick in. I find it incredible that we still cling to this utter folly.

I'm afraid the only leverage is that Richards et al appear to be "good schoolboys" at the next meeting. It is as simple as that and is no different to the shiny OC at the Coy O gp, the CSM who delivers for the RSM when he needs a Guard roster filling etc etc.....its all forgotten 'til next time but people want to be seen to be "can do".

It is simply our job to get on with it and not to worry about "leverage"......there really is no point.
 
#5
Despite the predictions of some, the Armed Forces did play a major security role during the Olympics, and will do so during the Paralympics. The MOD link is here. In time there will be statistics of numbers of personnel involved, also ships/aircraft/missiles deployed.

Unlike many of those who got pinged at the last minute, I knew I was going, having had the mobilisation papers several months ago. As such, I had decent accommodation, no tents and thunderboxes for me. I must admit to having personal doubts about the Olympics - both because of the cost and disruption involved, and due to philosophical issues. Nonetheless, it was an opportunity to portray the UK in a positive light, with visitors from all sorts of places. In the week before the games, I read a newspaper article that claimed that the Government saw it as an opportunity to help do some business deals, so in that sense it hopefully contributed to national objectives.

Generating so many personnel at short notice may have been a pain, but did it impress anyone? It impressed me, and I wonder did it help influence or deter anyone? The General who visited my site told me that the whole thing had given HM Forces a more positive public image than at any time since the Falklands War. Personally I found this to be slightly worrying given the involvement in various theatres in the last twenty or so years, as well as continuing operations, which sadly involved loss of life during the time of the Games.

The Government is grateful too for being bailed out - will this result in any leverage for the Service Chiefs? Certain aspects of post SDSR policy are in an incoherent mess but could easily be made into a success story - if only the politicians would listen to the advice offered.

During the period of the Games, other international news stories were pushed far away from the front pages, yet the ongoing situation in Syria, and continued tensions over Iran's nuclear programme are of greater long term importance than a sporting event.
You speak lots but say little. Less is so much more sometimes ^~
 
#6
A grateful Government....oh please I'm going to be sick
 
#7
grateful not a hope in hell,i would like to think they may smell the coffee and not cut to such a point that is a danger,however,come 2014 i think TA and Serco maybe the cheapest way of having numbers on a bit of paper.
 
#10
I'm mainly relieved both Games were a success, showing Great Britain and all who participated at its best.

Im glad Some of my family who we're fortunate to obtain tickets in their chosen category & enjoy the whole experience.

Endex.
 
#11
Yokel, cheers for the work, but your PID has been 'rationalised', please post your uniform to MOD (as your QMs dept is also being rationalised) and pat your own back as you lock the doors and switch out the light.

Signed

Mr vanilla MP for somewhere.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#13
I'm relieved its all over although we will be regaled with stories for ages about dame this and sir that when truth be told they have done a job, paid for by the taxpayer and some not very well at all!
Perhaps now I can get back to asking why if the disabled are such great atheletes they need the parking space closest to the entrance of anything?
 
#16
My local sporty has decimated the parking spaces in favour of spazzer slots, its a nightmare walking 75 meters further on a cold morning!
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#17
All you'll get is that warm fuzzy feeling when you're told that "You have the heart-felt thanks of a grateful nation".

A term that is right up there with "You've let me down, the battery down, but above all you've let yourself down" when it comes to sincerity and depth of feeling.
 
#18
Private Eye -No1323

Soon after the Paralympic Games closed, the Times ran an editorial on the magnificence of Sebastian Coe.- "the perfect man", who showed "unobtrusively excellent leadership" thanks to his "evident talents"

There was more: "The centre of government itself is not so well organised that it could not benefit from a Chief of Staff with Lord Coe's acumen".

Could this gushing be related to the fact that Daniel Finkelstein, the chief leader writer at the Times was a guest of Lord Coe at the Olympics opening ceremony?

Shysters the lot of them ( my addition not PE's)
 
#19
How much did the Olympics cost? When will the RN have its badly needed aircraft carriers?
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#20
But you have missed the point, Lord Smug **** Coe and CMD have had their moment of glory, if we dont have a functioning aircraft carrier now then we obviously dont need one for the future, besides those chaps in Dark Blue suits wont have any planes for them for a while. If we really need them then hendon can sort out a CAM Hurricane or two and we can get a couple of cross channel ferries sorted out!
 

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