£3bn gets you nothing these days

The government has spent an extra £3 billion of investment through the lottery and millions more from the taxpayer in an attempt to tackle obesity and encourage kids to take up sport since 1994.  The result?  Absolutely nothing.  There has not been a change in the number of people participating in sport in the past 14 years despite all this cash.  On top of this, of course, the 2012 Games, which are likely to cost £9.3 billion, will do nothing for participation if previous Olympics are anything to go by.  The government have literally taken billions and billions of pounds and poured it down the drain. 

But why would the government be held accountable for all this waste?  After all, they have passed all accountability to the sports Quango Sport England.  Yet another tale of scandalous government waste and delegated responsibility.