Frankly I am brassed off this morning. Our Olympic ticket allocation came through by e-mail overnight. We got rowing and dressage. Maybe we should count our blessings but not getting into any venue in the Olympic park is going to make it feel like it is someone elseâ€™s Olympics. I know that lots of people, about a million, got no tickets so I maybe I should just shut up.
On the other hand Londoners have been paying for the Olympics since April 2006 through our council tax. The Olympics levy adds Â£20 to a band D council tax. It is set to run for 10 years and might be extended if there are over-runs in Olympic spending.
Famously Ken Livingstone likened the Â£20 a year levy as being the equivalent of a Walnut Whip or 38p every week. This was typically disingenuous of Livingstone. The average property in London isn’t Band D. Most people will be paying rather more, see below. The levy adds 6% to the GLA precept.
I will pay Â£333 for the Olympics and will have to go to Etonâ€™s Dorney Lake rowing course, paid for by Eton College, and Greenwich to see any of it. The Olympic park I paid for will be out of bounds.
I look forward to hearing a pledge from Boris Johnson about when the Olympic levy will end and that the Mayorâ€™s precept will be reduced by the full amount of the levy at that time. I am looking forward to a 6% reduction in the GLA precept. As the levy should end during the course of the next mayoral term we should be told as a part of the election campaign.