Antony Oliver's comments about the presentation of Olympic project costs are sadly all too accurate (Comment 8 February). The reporting by the media, manipulation by politicians and consequent perception by the public conspire to present an unnecessarily bleak picture.
As an industry, our challenge, in respect of both the Olympics and any other major infrastructure project, is to be sufficiently politically savvy to counter such negative, but now largely predictable, representation.
In response to The Question posed in NCE four years ago: 'Should the government support such a bid (for the 2012 Olympics) and what do you think could seal or scupper it?' (NCE 13 February 2003), I wrote: 'The government should support a bid, managed appropriately it could benefit the UK as a whole.
We lack? nothing that investment and strategic planning can't resolve, but please let the experts deal with these issues! Failure would come swiftly with any political indecision and disagreement.' I stand by my comments.
Simon Lawrence (M), 44 Pen-Y-Bryn Road Gabalfa, Cardiff CF14 3LG