London Mayor Boris Johnson hit back at U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday, saying the city was as prepared as ever for the Olympic Games.
Romney ruffled British feathers on Thursday by telling NBC News that London might not be ready for the games.
"It's hard to know just how well it will turn out … There are a few things that were disconcerting," including the threat of a strike by immigration and customs officials, he said, attracting a defensive reaction from the British press, the general public and politicians.
“London is as ready as any other city has ever been in the history of the Olympic Games ,” Johnson said. “All the signs I’ve got from the army, from the police, from everyone involved in protecting the venues is that it’s all going very, very well.”
He added quickly that “the transport system is going very well,” too, reflecting a particular worry for Londoners and organizers alike that travel chaos will reign for the duration of the Olympics. There are fears of chaos at London’s Heathrow airport as well as concerns over overcrowding across the underground system, despite upgrades and supplementary services.Page 1 of 3 | Next Page