Blair, Coe and Major win Gold in the Political Olympics; Boris gets Silver; Cameron and Hunt win Bronze
By Tim Montgomerie
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Blair and Coe won the Olympics for London. Coe, in particular, deserves his medal. He's been Lord Continuity through the whole process. He was there at the beginning of the bid and is still at the heart of the whole show now. Some ConHome readers say he should run the overhaul of British school sport, suggested by Lord Moynihan. I wonder if he should be the next Tory candidate to be Mayor of London?
Sir John deserves his medal, not so much for the Olympics - in which he has had very little direct involvement at all - but for starting the National Lottery and establishing the Lottery's investment in British sport. The top people at Team GB have generously acknowledged that we wouldn't be enjoying such a medal rush without this cricket lover's vision.
Bronze to Cameron and Hunt. I've already paid tribute to Jeremy Hunt for agreeing to the extra spending on the opening ceremony. I'm not sure anyone else has. Earlier this year the Culture Secretary - somewhat rashly - said that the Olympics would be the supreme test of the Coalition's competence. Despite the G4S debacle things have gone well. 74% told YouGov that they thought the Games were well organised. Cameron and Hunt won't get much credit for this but they sure would have got criticised if things had gone badly. They deserve their third place on the podium.