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The Economist Debate: 'London hit Gold when it won the 2012 Games'

This debate is presented in conjunction with the Mayor of London. This event is complimentary, however registration is compulsory.

According to Olympian optimists, the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will bring huge benefits to the city. More visitors will come with bulging wallets, London's transport won’t be a problem and the Games will leave a lasting legacy in a deprived area of London, as well as benefiting the rest of the country. But hosting the Games is expensive and the benefits that they bring are uncertain. An Olympics may be a glorious spectacle but it can also leave a financial hangover and a whole enclosure of white elephants. So has London really struck gold? Or would the gold be better spent on something mundane like fixing the city's plumbing?


John Prideaux, The Economist | talks
Sir Keith Mills, London Organising Committee of | talks
John Ross, Mayor's Office | talks
Prof Stefan Szymanski, Imperial College London | talks


Date and Time:

11 May 2006 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



City Hall
The Queen's Walk
020 7830 7112

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Organised by:

The Economist
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The event starts at 6.30 however we strongly recommend arrival before 6pm as this venue requires security checks.

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