London Organizing Committee Chairman Sebastian Coe says tickets are being distributed to soldiers and others to fill those seats. He said no one would object to free tickets for public servants.
The idea of ‘military service schools’ may be a cheap way for British politicians to use the popularity of the armed forces as a substitute for actual policy, but it did imply that there would be some intellectual activity involved on the part of the personnel theoretically recruited to perform this task. The idea that the military should be used to ‘fill seats’ takes the whole military substitution ethic one stage further, though it does imply a human presence. It doesn’t sound like a bad gig either, but if I was a squaddie I would still be worried about the forthcoming and inevitable calls for the military to ‘fill holes in the road’, ‘improve cavity wall insulation’ ‘become flood barriers’ and kindred static tasks.