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Category Error

April 27, 2011

Last week I went to go and have a cup of tea with these men who fish on the Regents Canal just below Victoria Park, a bit west of the Olympic site. They have been fishing on the same stretch of the Canal since the 1950s back in the days when you needed a key to a gate to access the towpath. They are adamant that there are way more boats on the canal than there used to be. Talking to them made me think that the issue with the boaters really has very little to do with the Olympics. It just seems that there are alot more boats on the canal than there used to be, and there’s only so much space for boats on the canal. You can argue about the best ways to decide who does and doesn’t get to live on the canal and the ethics of those decisions, but to make it about the Olympics just seems a bit of a category error.

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