Meanwhile, back at the Olympics… August 2, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in British Politics, Culture, The Left.
…not sure what people made of the opening ceremony. I happened to be in the South of England watching it and close to where the cycling had led to massive road closures. I’d also been in London during last week for a couple of hours and seen some of the chaos that accompanied it, though to be honest it was broadly under control.
Anyhow, I kind of liked the mention of the NHS in the ceremony. But one Martin Durkin writing in the Observer was much less complimentary [apologies, you'll have to scroll down]:
When it comes to blowing vast quantities of other people’s money, no one can beat the Statist left. So it was entirely appropriate to entrust the Olympic opening jamboree to the miserable northern socialist Danny Boyle.
And goes on to complain…
But then the stadium was flooded with light, and three giant flaming letters shouted out the answer … NHS.
It was at this point that I choked on my gin and tonic. What really sets Britain apart (besides our shocking nationalised health system) is the brilliant achievement of being the first proper capitalist nation, and everything that went with it: far greater prosperity for ordinary people, parliamentary democracy, toleration, a sense of fair play and decency and humour (which Rowan Atkinson represented very nicely).
But who is this Martin Durkin ‘documentary maker’? The name rang a bell… a bell rung on this site by smiffy back in 2007.
Ah… that Martin Durkin.