No, Mister Coe, I expect you to die

It was on the news here the other day that residents in expensive apartments in East London are up in… well, not arms exactly because they don’t have any, but up in something because someone’s suggested arming their apartment block with missiles.

Resident Brian Whelan said those who lived at the site were wary about the plan.

“From the few people I’ve spoken to, and the security we have here, they’re not happy about it,” he said. “I don’t think it needs to be here at all.”

And there's already been a misunderstanding with the US team about the javelins their athletes were going to bring

As Obi-Wan put it, things depend a lot on your point of view. Mrs Exile, in an antipodean example of turning things upside down, immediately declared the idea to be ‘Fucking awesome’ and said that if taxpayers have to shell out for these things you might as well get to have them on your roof now and then so you can play at being a Bond villain. Somehow I don’t think that particular thought occurred to anyone in Whitehall, but since you can no more disarm a bomb with a surface to air missile than you can shoot down such a missile with one of the tanks the Grinning Mutation had at Heathrow nine years ago (has this security theatre lunacy really been going on for more than a decade? Sadly, yes) I doubt there was much thinking going on beyond the usual what to do to make it look like they’re doing something.

Still, maybe it’ll spur a minor economic recovery in that part of London as pet stores run out of white Persian cats and diamanté collars. I’m not convinced it’ll do much else.

6 comments for “No, Mister Coe, I expect you to die

  1. May 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

    The only thing better would be sharks with frikken laser beams on their head!

  2. Single Acts of Tyranny
    May 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Property rights…pffft. Remuneration, nah. Shooting down jets creating enormous debris fields killing unrelated innocents but protecting politicians who maybe at the stadium ~ priceless.

  3. May 5, 2012 at 7:18 am

    A post script: I see that HMS Ocean is also in the Thames for the duration of the Games. Which will come in very handy should it turn out that an office in Canary Wharf is occupied by a Mr Terence Wrist and needs to be dealt with by amphibious assault.

    FFS 🙄

  4. May 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Quite like the idea of residents at the guns on rooftops during the circus. It could become the new Olympic sport.

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