Friday, 3 August 2012
IT'S NOT THE WINNING, IT'S THE TAKING PART.
Didn't see the Olympic Opening ceremony, so can't comment whether it was a Marxist Lefty Stalinist rewrite of British history, as many right wing commentators have said it was. I understand that The Clash's London Calling and The Jam's Going Underground were played at some point, why? Because London's got an Underground system or were they used as a political statement?
I haven't paid much attention to any of it really, which is hard when the whole spectacle is dominating the media. If there was ever a time to bury bad news then now is that time. The games are set against a backdrop of global conflict, from Syria to Russia, people are being killed and imprisoned in struggles for freedom against oppression, and a bit closer to home the number of families being made homeless in London has risen.
David Cameron is sucking up to all the visiting dignities, no doubt telling them that Britain’s a good place for economic investment, with a ready and willing forced to work force.
“You choose you leaders and place your trust, as their lies wash you down and their promises rust.”
We were told the games were gonna be good for the economy, well not according to businesses in London who have seen a slump in their business, and the streets are empty. Perhaps the number of troops and police in the capital and the authorities terrorist paranoia have scared people away, either that or the thought of bumping into the beaming buffoon that is Boris Johnson.
When people do take to the streets they end up getting knocked of their bike and killed by a bus carrying journalists to the Olympic stadium, oh the irony as Britain won a few medals in the cycling events, and after all that's what it all seems to be about, the Gold medals.
One thing I did catch was that Britain won a gold medal in the shooting, strikes me as a bit odd that with the continuing scourge of gun crime across the nation, that we should celebrate a victory in 'the shooting'
I hope the rest of the nation is enjoying the games, as much as I'm not, because even with the corporate big mac mobile sponsors money we're still gonna be paying for the(ir) games for years to come.
“The public gets what the public wants but I want nothing this society’s got.”