In the past it took a disaster to bring the Olympics to London. In 1908 the city stepped in after Vesuvius erupted, leaving Rome bereft. In 1948 it was called upon to rescue the Olympic ideal for a Europe ravaged by fascist dictatorship.
After the revolution comes tyranny. And so it is that the British Phonographic Industry envisages for itself a Bonapartist future, where legal downloading rules with an iron fist and record-company profits soar.