Is it better to spend millions on a once in a millennium project to promote a country as a tourist attraction, possibly increasing the country’s economy for many years to come. Or is it better to put those millions into schools and hospitals, thereby increasing the budget of an average school or hospital by a small percentage for just one year.
In other words, I think it was unfair of the UK tabloid press to negatively portray the Millennium dome as a white elephant, ruining it’s reputation and therefore it’s success. I think it would have been a success if it wasn’t for that. The press jumped on the opinion that these millions could have gone directly into more humane causes (schools, hospitals) and so was short-sighted.
(this post was so much more detailed and articulate when I was composing it in my head in bed this morning. Amazing how actions limit thoughts)