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London Mayor to Olympics Complainers: 'Put a Sock in It'

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London Mayor Boris Johnson placed a column in this morning's Sun to ask whiny locals to stop being so gloomy about the Olympics

With Sun-worthy swagger, Johnson issued a warning of sorts to less than enthusiastic Londoners, opening his column by writing, "Cut out the whining. And as for you whingers, put a sock in it, fast."

Johnson has been eager to boast about his city while hoping Londoners start doing the same. Earlier this week, while announcing the details of the Olympic Torch relay, he cited statistics to prove London's superiority to places like Paris, New York, and Rome.

In the Sun column, the mayor attempts to rebut a long list of typical complaints about London's management of the Olympics, including security, accommodations, traffic, even the weather. 

Johnson is particularly proud of the transportation improvements that have come from investing in the Games, reminding locals that: 

Business leaders from around the world will see the neo-Victorian surge of transport investment — much of it Olympic-driven — creating the platform for future prosperity. We have a spanking new air-conditioned train from Croydon to east London, we have faster trains on the Jubilee Line, a 50 per cent expansion of the DLR and a programme to make our Tube as automatic and efficient as the best you can find in Asia.

The mayor added that London has "the best bike hire scheme in the world" and that the new Emirates Air Line cable car carried 21,000 people last Sunday.

Ending the column on a motivational note, Johnson states, "if we get it right, we can make the Olympics a big win for jobs and growth as well — so let’s get behind our team and the Games."

Mark Byrnes is an associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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