The London Olympics: challenging the neo-liberal games


7pm, Wednesday 8th August

The Olympics are a windfall for the privileged: construction companies (who have been bloated by building contracts worth £12 billion), the organisers (16 of whom are on salaries of over £150,000 per year) and East End landlords, who have used the Games to evict thousands of tenants. Providing security for the event has resulted in an unprecedented militarisation of London. But has it always been like this?

David Renton, the author of ‘Lives; Running’ (Zero Books, summer 2012), reaches into the history of the Games to tell an alternative story of protest and hope.

David is joined by Gareth Edwards, who gives a socialist take on sports, politics and money on his blog at

This event is part of the London’s Burning series at Housmans.

Event information

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Entry: £3, redeemable against any purchase
Nearest tube: King’s Cross

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