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Enthused by the Olympic spirit Richard Barr jumps on his bike to rescue the country from austerity

14 September 2012

For a few years I watched it grow. Every time I passed through Stratford station the little bits of Meccano were larger and more plentiful. “What a waste of money” I thought as my Norwich train trundled through.

And that attitude remained fixed until a few days before the Olympics started. Then Mitt Romney the diplomatically challenged Republican candidate for the US presidential election weighed in and queried whether we would be ready for the start of the games.

Apologies to Republican supporters, but is Mitt Romney (or George Bush before him) really the best that a huge and resourceful country like the United States can find as potential leaders of its main opposition party? But thank you, Mitt, for setting me on the road, if not to Damascus, then at least to Stratford. From the moment I heard his fatuous remarks I was converted to the Olympic dream. I bought flags, CDs with va...

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