The efficiency of central planning

Now we're seeing just how well a centrally planned Winter Olympics can be run in a socialist country, for the bargain price of $50 billion so far shouldn't the Guardian be shipping Polly Toynbee over to Sochi to report on the benefits of central government planning and purchasing in this event? After all, she's so vocally in favour of it in the UK...

I'm watching @SochiProblems on Twitter with something between amusement and growing horror...

Luckily the Russian sense of humour is coming to the fore:

The Brazilians organising Rio 2016 must be down on their knees thanking Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin for this farce - no matter how badly they mess up, they'll still look like a well-oiled machine compared to Sochi 2014.

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