By Li Hongmei, Special to Sina English
The British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the 2012 Summer Olympic games have boost up British national confidence, pointing out that all the Prime Ministers and officials coming to London during the Games were very impressed by the organization of the Olympics. But far not all the citizens agree with their Prime Minister.
The British are so accustomed to and fond of ceremonies, in particular, the grandeur which gives a full display of the British culture and its unique elegance, that there must be a lot left they would take delight in talking about after the curtain of the major event goes down.
Also, there is a lot of hype in the mass media about the future of the Olympic facilities that are meant to be transformed into luxury living, about the predictable traffic chaos in the British capital and about the costs of the Games. By now no one can tell whether the idea of luxury living in the Olympic Village will be successful taking into consideration that there are a lot of complaints about quality of the constructions.
One fear already turned out to be motiveless - there were no traffic difficulties during the Olympics. The high quality of the coverage was also high ranked by all sports lovers. Still the athletes, international journalists and tourists were pleased for account of the London residents’ comfort.
The reason was an administrative demand to Londoners to work from their homes or to go on holiday during the Olympic Games. Thus it also included those working in private transportation.
The other specifically local problem with the Olympics was the fact that the facilities in Stratford were closed for public shortly before the beginning of the Games. Getting tickets for competitions was neither easy.
Talking to BBC Sports the Prime Minister David Cameron just couldn’t hide his pride for the ending Games. He said the Summer Olympic Games have enormously boosted up the British National Confidence and underlined that all the official guests appreciated the great organization. Thus he is sure that there will be future sponsorship for the sports as well as the London Olympics will serve as an example for the next one in Rio.
But the Londoners themselves do not completely agree with this statement.
The fact is that the economy is not going well and most Brits do not agree all this investment in self-PR will have a great payout in the country’s and their future lives. Patricia Christopher completely disagrees with David Cameron, saying he is just being political first of all towards the British.
The 30th Summer Olympic Games in London ends had a final flourish in London. The next morning London will restart its ordinary life and its residents will see if this grand Sports Event will have a particular payout or whether they’ve been hospitable for free or with an outcome.