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Johnny Vaughan's column: Billion-pound tent flap.

The Dome bosses came in for more criticism last week, with more good money being thrown after bad in the shape of another big cash injection.

It doesn't matter how much, or how spectacularly, it fails it will stay open for the whole year and we'll continue to pay for it - otherwise Tony Blair and his cronies look even more stupid.

The public were never consulted, balloted, or asked how we wanted the Millennium to be celebrated, but I'm sure few would've suggested a billion pound super-tent housing a souped up trade fair.

It's the most high profile, exorbitant waste of public money in political memory, yet no one is responsible. Not one person has seen this shambles through from start to finish so everyone can subtly imply the trouble started under someone else's leadership. I don't know when attendance estimates were originally published, but if it was under the Tories they really planted an extraordinarily vicious time bomb under the New Labour government.

The most important thing is we learn by this terrible mistake by hanging on to these feelings of utter powerlessness, remember the sense of being totally ripped off and conned, and remind ourselves the same gang who brought us the Dome are almost exactly the same cross-party mob who are trying to steer us into full European integration.

Usually when someone's admin skills are questioned, the stock phrase is "couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery".

Perhaps this should be replaced by, "they couldn't organise a celebration if you gave them a billion quid and the biggest marquee in the world".
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Vaughan, Johnny
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2000
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