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. They have seen an unprecedented militarisation of London. But the Olympics are also a site of struggle both on and off the track.
I will be speaking about the Olympics and about my book Lives; Running at the following venues:
Institute of Historical Research, 25 June, Senate House, 5.30pm
Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, 27 July, 7pm
Housmans bookshop, 8 August, 6.30pm
As well as at meetings in Haringey, Waltham Forest and Kingston. Email me at davidkrenton[at]gmail.com for more details.