London 2012: British PM Says The U.K. Is Ready For The Olympics
LONDON – The British prime minister David Cameron promised to tell Mitt Romney, the US presidential candidate, that Britain is well-organized and ready for the Olympic Games with the opening ceremony just a day away.
Cameron, addressing the media Thursday from the Olympic Park in Stratford said London 2012 is set to be celebrated by people across Britain and everything is ready.
Cameron was countering recent views Romney expressed on US television that there were "disconcerting" signs about Britain's readiness.
Romney is scheduled to meet Cameron in the next few days during his U.K. visit. The US presidential candidate managed the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Cameron, visiting the Olympic Park a day before the Games’ opening ceremony to officially give the government's stamp of approval, also found himself having to downplay an Olympic gaffe that has caused an international incident.
Cameron said that the South Korean flag being wrongly shown on a big screen before the North Korean women's football match Wednesday night in Glasgow was "unfortunate and should not have happened".
Olympic officials Thursday blamed the Korean flag mix-up on “human error” and Cameron said: "An apology has been made and I'm sure every step will be taken to make sure these things don't happen again."
During his press conference Thursday, Cameron said security was his main concern.
"As prime minister, I feel that is an area I should take personal responsibility for," he said. "The biggest concern has always got to be a safe and secure Games - that matters more than anything else."
The prime minister called the eve of the Games "a truly momentous day for our country".
Said Cameron: "Seven years of waiting, planning, building, dreaming, are almost over - tomorrow, the curtain comes up, the spectators arrive, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 can officially begin."
The PM also noted that despite it being a time of economic difficulty for the U.K. the Olympics was a strong display of just what Britain is "capable of achieving."
Across London from the Olympic Park in the east end, the torch relay's penultimate outing is scheduled to pass through Downing Street and be greeted at Buckingham Palace by Princes William and Harry, and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.