'The London Olympics: challenging the neoliberal games', talk with David Renton, Housmans, 8 August
‘The London Olympics: challenging the neo-liberal games’ with David Renton and Gareth Edwards
7pm, Wednesday 8th August
Entry: £3, redeemable against any purchase
Join writer, historian, and activist David Renton and left-wing blogger Gareth Edwards to discuss the politics behind the Olympic games.
According to David Renton 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. Providing security for the event has resulted in an unprecedented militarisation of London. But has it always been like this?
David Renton, the author of ‘Lives; Running’ (Zero Books, summer 2012), reaches into the history of the Games to tell an alternative story of protest and hope. David is joined by Gareth Edwards, who gives a socialist view of sports, politics and money on his blog at http://inside-left.blogspot.co.uk/
This event is part of the London’s Burning series at Housmans.
About The Author
David Renton is a barrister at Garden Court chambers in London and appears regularly for claimants at Employment Tribunals. Before being called to the Bar, Renton was a lecturer, senior researcher, and visiting professor in the UK and South Africa. He writes on employment law for the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.
Gareth Edwards gives a socialist view of sports, politics and money on his blog at http://inside-left.blogspot.co.uk/