Today, in a controversial move, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell decreed the Olympic budget tripled. The budget now rings in at £9.32 billion (about US$18.3 billion) up from an earlier £2.4 billion. This money will pay for security and site construction, among other projects. The Conservative Party is opposing the increase, complaining that money used up for the games essentially defunds other smaller government programs. The Mayor of London agrees. For now, it’s up to Jowell to keep the torch alive.