I am pretty much of a curmudgeon when it comes to the Olympics but I have to say that someone - Coe ? Moynihan ? Cameron ? HM the Q ? - played a blinder by deciding to let the Irish have the flame for a day.
Cost to us: zippo - and they loved it ! and are really, really grateful, beyond anything you would guess, nicely consolidating the terrific benefits of the Queen's visit a year ago. Heart-warming stuff, loads of goodwill towards GB (- if only it were always that easy to please). You never know, but that sort of thing may pay off handsomely one day soon - Sinn Fein or no Sinn Fein (see post below). Soft diplomacy ? Why not ?
Of course it was all pretty chaotic ("would you ever imagine if they let us organise the whole feckin ting!") but it was fun for all that.
Everywhere I go outside the UK there is a cheery disregard for elf-n-safety and Dublin is no exception, witness this young lady in her enthusiasm to see the flame pass by her office. Fair play to her !