Missile madness !
Posted by Big John on May 2, 2012
Oxleas Wood is a very pleasant public park in the Royal Borough of Greenwich where, a few years ago, I spent many a happy hour when I lived almost next door, on Shooters Hill.
The name ‘Shooters’ is derived from the time archers practised their skill with long bows and arrows; and now I read that very different missiles will soon be seen in those ancient woodlands.
Yes, it’s all part of the £1 billion “ring of steel” to be set up to protect the bloody Olympic Games !
Inside the ring, enforced by six ground-based missile stations (Al-Qaeda please take note of the locations !), will be more members of our armed forces than we have deployed in Afghanistan at present. RAF Typhoon jets will patrol the skies, alongside navy helicopters carrying snipers from the Royal Marines, whose job it will be to shoot aircraft pilots who probably got lost when out taking their granny for a sightseeing flight along the Thames.
Still, not to worry, for our Dave has the final word when it comes to shooting down a really big plane, which by the time he has made up his mind, will probably be over a densely populated area of London.
I can see all this display of ‘security’ turning into a tourist attraction, as Seb Coe and his mates in our government try to convince the population that the ‘Games’ are safe, although it’s more likely to highlight the fact that the ‘Games’ are a magnet for every nutter and terrorist cell in the world.
“The world” ? … What about East London ? .. Well, I hope that I’m wrong, but I’m fairly sure that there are more than a few local residents who have been on a trip to the more remote parts of Pakistan recently, and who, after their ‘holiday’, will be pretty familiar with …
… all kinds of missiles !