Tracksuits and security have turned torch relay into farce

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The Olympic torch relay has provided me with vast amounts of entertainment.

It’s not the runners I’m laughing at – good on them for being included in the line-up.

No, it’s the sight of six-plus bodyguards and a fleet of support vehicles following in the torch-bearer’s wake that has me in stitches.

Who knew that carrying a lit flame in public constituted such a security risk?

The fact that everyone has been issued with identikit pyjamas – sorry, tracksuits – only adds to the hilarity of the whole thing.

What a fuss about something that started out as a humble symbol of a sporting challenge designed to bring nations together.

As usual, corporate Britannia has ruined it.