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Leading article: Memories are made of this - Leading Articles - Opinion - The Independent
Sigh. "This is, in fact, a wonderful period for Britain; a sporting festival which we will remember all our lives, and just the sort of thing that memories are made of. Let's enjoy the Games and relish the sense of celebration in the capital and the nation."
olympics  Olympics2012  London2012  Independent  nationalism  nationalIdentity 
august 2012 by petej
How Upsetting - Another Games is Possible
"In short, it’s difficult to conceive of how anyone who identifies as ‘left-wing’, certainly anyone who identifies as ‘socialist’, could not oppose these Games. Yet you find these very people loudly cheerleading the event and repeating the lies fed to them by the Government and the IOC without question. Why? Because, as noted above, they cannot separate their excitement for the sporting events from the ‘Olympics themselves. Their principles become embarrassing distractions from ‘getting behind’ their team. I’ve seen an increasing tendency for people to combat criticism of the event by referring to the ‘enthusiasm’ of those turning out to see the torch procession, a great irony given the event’s origins as a propaganda tool for the Nazis. It’s also not without irony that the global torch procession was scrapped after the countless protests against the Chinese last time around. It is propaganda, pure and simple, and ‘politics’ or indeed any kind of critical thought is not welcome"
olympics  Olympics2012  London2012  ideology  sport 
july 2012 by petej
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