I admire all the athletes that have taken part, those that have won a medal will be feeling proud, those who have should be feeling proud for reaching a standard to compete with the worlds best athletes, those who decry their efforts should stand up and do better.
My heart goes out to Stefan Fleck who did the belly flop, unlike many who laughed at his misfortune I congratulate him for attempting something he was more than capable of doing, and along with all the other athletes – well done!
The highlights of the games for me were the Opening and Closing ceremonies, with Bradley Wiggins’ cycling win thrown in for good measure the Tour de France and an Olympic Gold, nice one!
The Opening Ceremony was a festival of all that is British, our history, our fight for social equality – the Suffragettes, the Welfare State and the National Health Service. Highlighting these great success stories are things that bring the country together, but now the party is over we have to fight to keep these services functioning, whilst I am sure Cameron had hoped for these games to be a distraction at the policies designed to get rid of these services – Danny Boyle highlighted these essential services.
For good measure we also had @AidanBurleyMP who decided that making a fuss about the National Health Service – a priority that all parties have supported for 63 years -was too left-wing, and then that the opening tableaux were too multicultural and too left wing, whch set the stage nicely for Cameron to decide that teaching Bhangra Dancing in PE lesson was too multicultural – Aidan Burley never tweeted about the Olympics again. It is probably a good thing that Aidan didn’t tweet again when a Gold Medal was won by a Somalian refugee who lives in the UK.
Whilst the Daily Express had a go at how British he was it was trumped by them publishing a front page on British Gold, with a picture of the Netherlands Bronze Equastrian Team included – whoops, schedenfreude.
The Closing Ceremonies again highlighted Cameron’s antagonism towards Bhangra Dancing being taught as physical education, those people who think it is not physical education, please try it. Including the Bhangra Dancing was probably thought about years ago, but then again it could have been a last minute addition – I hope!
In the Medal Table Britain came third with 65 Medals, a great achievement when the top of the league – a Republic of 50 counties – came in at 104 Medals. Taking the top 10 European countries and amalgamating their scores a European Union would have come in at 171 – leaving both China and America to eat dust.
It is indicative of a intergrated European Union, with the United Kingdom playing a full and active part, could achieve, indicative of the EU’s potential.
In the midst of the games we have had the tragedy of Tia Sharp, a young girl murdered – allegedly – by her step-Grandfather just a few miles away from the Olympic Stadium. The social problems of the UK still remain, and the poverty of the cuts the coalition are putting in place are still hurting – but that is for tomorrow.
The start of the games was not promising, Jeffrey Hunt, Minister in Charge of the Olympics ringing a bell, and the bell end flying off and hitting a woman, and then the South Korean Flag being displayed instead of the North Korean Flag at the Women’s Football did not bode well, but we survived.
It was good set of games and the nay sayers, me included, were proved wrong – but today the party is over and we carry on fighting for social justice, and what it means to be part of the United Kingdom.