British PM David Cameron has hit back at comments from the US presidential candidate Mitt Romney querying Britain’s readiness for the Olympics, urging the country to “put its best foot forward” and ensure they are remembered as ‘the friendly Games’.
The British PM said he would tell the Republican nominee in person that London 2012 is well-organised and set to be celebrated by people across Britain. Romney had earlier appeared to cast doubt on the Games.
Speaking during his visit to London, Romney said some reports about preparations had been “disconcerting” and questioned whether the British people will come together to support them.
Cameron visited the Olympic Park in Stratford yesterday, a day before the Games’ opening ceremony. Speaking in front of the main Olympic stadium, he said that Romney and the rest of the world will soon see that Britain can deliver a well-run and popular Games.
“You’re going to see beyond doubt that Britain can deliver,” Cameron said. “We’ve delivered this incredible Olympic Park on time, on budget and in real style.” Asked directly about Romney’s comments, Cameron said, “This is a time of some economic difficulty for the UK but look at what we are capable of achieving as nation even at a difficult economic time.
This is not a London games, this is not an England games, this a United Kingdom Games, adding, “I think we will show the whole world not just that we come together as a United Kingdom but also we’re extremely good at welcoming people from across the world.
He added: “I will obviously make those points to Mitt Romney. I look forward to meeting him.” Romney told US television there were ‘disconcerting’ signs about Britain’s readiness. “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,” he said. “There are a few things that were disconcerting: the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”
Romney questioned the enthusiasm of the British public. “Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment?” he asked. “That’s something which we will only find out once the Games actually begin.” People have to be prepared for some difficulties when one of the busiest cities in the world is hosting the Olympics, the Prime Minister said.
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