"It was a social
worker's history of Britain - a nation of simple peasants crushed
and besmirched by evil top-hatted capitalists, but rescued in the
end by the NHS, immigration, the suffragettes, and the egalitarian
strains of pop music. I half-expected the giant Voldemort to
transform itself into a menacing Thatcher figure, trampling,
slashing and cutting every nice nurse in sight, and tossing
bedsteads out of the stadium with a callous sneer. It is a strange
sort of nation that can turn a hospital bed into a symbol of
national pride, especially in an era when you can die of thirst in
one. But most people under the age of 40 have been taught not to
have pride in their country, so the Health Service is all they've
got left. They have been cheated of any real knowledge of history.
I'm not talking here about the Armada or the Empire - it's hard to
trumpet military glory when you've scrapped the Armed Forces, and
the Olympics might not be the place for that in any case. It's our
dogged insistence on liberty of thought, speech and assembly that
needs to be celebrated in a world where arbitrary power and
censorship are stronger every day. It is our greatest gift to
mankind and we don't even know it's ours. I'm sure Danny Boyle could
have found a way of portraying that great tradition of limited
government and human freedom that grew out of Magna Carta and flows
through our history, and that of the world, like a mighty stream.
But to do that, he might have needed a few more words and a bit less
drumming, miming and dancing. It was strange how little use he made
of that other great possession of ours, the English language. Where
were Dickens or Wordsworth, Keats or Tennyson? As for Shakespeare, I
suppose it would now actually be subversive for such an occasion to
include the thrilling words of John of Gaunt's dying speech: 'This
blessed plot, this Earth, this realm, this England', for 'England'
and 'English' are words that social workers don't like to hear"
[Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 29 July 2012].
"There was too much
going on with hospital beds for far too long, and it must look a bit
weird to foreigners that we appear to have turned our healthcare
system into a kind of national fetish. Nor can I accept that CND
is/was an integral part of our national heritage to be worthy of of
such a visible inclusion. There are surely other voluntary
organisations that are more widely supported and ingrained in public
life. This, along with the oh so PC olympic flag carriers and the
concentration of ethnic minorities was clearly a sign of the
producer stamping his political outlook on proceedings" / "I agree,
what about the RSPCA, RNLI and many others?" / "The RNLI would have
been a good choice. Unlike CND, they've actually achieved something
- as the many people whose lives they have saved will attest. Or the
Salvation Army, formed in the UK. Even the Citizens Advice Bureau
has done more to help people in their everyday life than ... CND"
"This was a great chance
for the real unsung heroes of Britain to be recognised for the work
they do - the volunteers and charity workers (the proper variety,
not the government paid ones), selfless people who really understand
the meaning of the word 'community'"
"[It] was at times blatantly socialist and at times obscurely
occult. Overall it aimed to present the world with the concept of
man as the supreme ruler of his own domain"
"That's My Sort of
"Blake's 'green and pleasant' land never existed. Before the
industrial revolution most people lived in rural poverty where they
had to work dawn to dusk to grind out a meagre living. Haven't any
of these allegedly smart 'intellectuals' ever asked themselves why
millions of peoples fled farms to go to dirty and dangerous cities
to work in the gritty early factories? Because it was better than
what they left" [comment at
"[L]ife in the Middle
Ages wasn't a rural idyll of dancing round maypoles. It was marked
by ignorance, savagery and terrible poverty and hardship. The
industrial revolution, in turn, wasn't a hell of harsh-faced bosses
and oppressed workers, but happened to be the engine of progress and
modernity that produced the affluence we all enjoy today. The idea
that industrialists are heartless tyrants and workers are helpless
victims is, frankly, a fantasy that belongs to crude Left-wing agit-prop"
"Strenuous attempts have
been made to suggest that Boyle was being ironic in his broad
historical commentary with his portrayal of Britain as being a
pastoral idyll before this was rudely disturbed by the industrial
revolution. I wish I could believe he was, but I cannot because this
is just the type of sentimental ahistorical pap which a certain type
of left liberal adores and, even more worryingly, believes. ...
Boyle's putative historical representation of a blissful agrarian
life filled with peasants who were trampled by the grinding face of
capitalist engineered industrialisation is ludicrous to anyone who
has any understanding of British and in particular English history"
"I was very impressed - in the most negative sense possible - by the
Marxist imagery in the segment on the Industrial Revolution. The way
it was handled served to deny images of brilliant innovation, as
from Scotland's Watts, and the wise use of private capital, to what
seemed like an endless stream of grimy 'exploited workers'. Of
course to anyone who actually understands the economic and social
dynamics, the Industrial Revolution was not about exploiting the
poor. It was in fact the dawn of opportunity for urban dwellers, who
for two centuries had been living in some really abject slums. I do
not know the philosophy of the director of the farce - whether he is
a doctrinaire Leftist, or simply a brainwashed toady, reflecting
that British education has become as corrupt as public [state]
education in much of America; but visual Egalitarian propaganda has
no place in something like the Olympics, which is supposed to be
about affording an opportunity for the best athletes in the world,
to excel - to achieve above and beyond the ordinary; to demonstrate
that there is joy in excelling"
"First we had the
Arcadian bliss of pre-Industrial revolution England with its happy
peasants milling about ... [whose] idyll was destroyed by the
'satanic mills' represented by the marvellously theatrical chimneys
rising up from the ground. This is the view of industrialisation
provided by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in The Communist
Manifesto ... in which they lamented the effects of
industrialisation and Free Trade, and wrote of the destruction of
'feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations' that had supposedly existed
in the countryside. It seems barely to have occurred to Marx and
Engels, any more than it does to Boyle, that the lives of the
pre-Industrial Revolution rural poor were disfigured by ignorance,
disease and illiteracy, and that life in the cities, though
undoubtedly very hard for many, led quite soon to a higher standard
of living and at least a modicum of education. ... For him,
subsequent history has consisted of a series of challenges to
capitalist power (the Marxist class struggles) ... his Marxist
version of our island history was ludicrously lopsided. Marxists
will not mind. As I'm not a Marxist, I do"
"There were no
references to the achievements of the Empire ... Empires for the
likes of Danny Boyle are purely repressive. Nor were there even
fleeting references to the role of the Church or religion in British
society (Marxists don't like God) or to the inventions or
innovations (railway engines, steam ships, telegraph etc.) which
powered the evil capitalist Industrial revolution that Mr Boyle
abominates. ... [I]f there was space for the suffragettes and the
Empire Windrush, the Beatles and the Arctic Monkeys, there was
surely room for one or two of them"
"One of the commentators
described it as 'my kind of history lesson' and probably for many it
was. For anyone with discernment, it was a totally unreal piece of
creative imagination which fitted in with the superficial modern
mindset that swallows propaganda without thinking. The
pre-industrial age was not an idyll of happy peasants living on the
land but had times of oppression and terrible poverty. The
industrial revolution did bring hardship for multitudes but it was
not all harsh faced capitalists and oppressed workers. it was during
this time that the Gospel message went out powerfully into the
British Isles and from these islands spread around the world. The
modern age is certainly not a time of liberation and enlightenment,
as we forget God, obsess over media and sports stars, while plunging
into debt, with a culture filled with immorality, violence,
addictions to drink and drugs and the occult. Much of that culture
was celebrated in the ceremony"
[Tony Pearce, London's Weird
"Not surprisingly any
positive view of the contribution of Christianity to Britain's past
was omitted. The 19th century saw revivals of Christianity with 59%
of children attending Sunday School in 1859, and missionaries going
out to spread the light of the Gospel to the world. Nor was there
anything about the British Empire or the contribution of Britain in
promoting parliamentary democracy and the rule of law in the world.
This is entirely in keeping with the worldview our youth are
constantly being presented with in schools and entertainment
(particularly from the BBC). According to this view the past
traditional values of Britain are a subject for mockery and
rejection. One sensed something of this spirit in the sequence where
'Mr Bean' was sending up the opening scene of the 'Chariots of Fire'
film and even in the arrival of the Queen with the mock up of being
parachuted out of the helicopter"
[Tony Pearce, London's Weird
"It opened with
Britain's agrarian peasantry being 'violently uprooted' from their
happy lives ... [and] forced into the Dante-esque factories
of the Industrial Revolution, where they performed oppressed
proletarian toil under the eyes of capering, smug, stovepipe-hatted
capitalists. ... We progressed with great speed up to the present
day, pausing only to note the more obvious examples of Marxist class
struggle in the Suffragettes, the Trades Union movement, the Jarrow
Marchers, and last but not least an absurdly reverential paean to
the greatest symbol of socialism possessed by Britain - the National
Health Service. All of the above have made a truly positive
contribution to modern day Britain, but why were they the only
examples deemed worthy of attention? Why was the formation of modern
Britain viewed only through a Marxist prism? Where were the
references to Common Law, William Wilberforce, The Pilgrim fathers,
Magna Carta (one of the mainstays of our liberty), Catholicism and
Protestantism, great British inventions that formed our modern
world, or indeed, for good or bad, the British Empire?"
Capitalists? Empire Windrush? None of Brunel's real achievements? No
great British inventions - except the Web - where were Stephenson's
Rocket, Baird and the TV, the Penny Post, Chadwick and public
sanitation, Newton et al, the concept of satellites, penicillin, ...
if the CND logo could be included, surely more significant British
items could be referenced? Even the importance of the canal system
was hardly touched on although the flame was carried up the
Limehouse canal. And nothing really about Britain seeding so many
notions of civic freedom, parliamentary democracy, rule of law etc.
With so many despotic nations attending, it would have been good to
rub their noses in such stuff. ... And it might have been worth
reminding the world that Britain invented so many sports - and
codified them, and spread them around the world via that horrid
British Empire and via British trade under Pax Britannica"
"As a history graduate I object to this
re-writing of our history. What's the most famous ship this country
ever produced? The Mary Rose, The Golden Hind, Victory, Warrior, The
Great Eastern, The Ark Royal. No silly, it's the Windrush. ... It's
all part of the plan to rob us of our culture that the BBC have been
pushing relentlessly for years" [comment at
"Danny Boyle presented pre-industrial England as happy, carefree,
delightful and united in its allegiance to the old ways of folklore,
superstition and the worship of the ancient spirits. We saw men and
women at play, laughing and friendly, clean and healthy! Nothing
could be further than the truth. Large parts of pre-industrial
Britain were filthy, lawless, drunken, impoverished, disease-ridden
and ignorant" [source].
"Today it's fashionable among liberals and idealistic
environmentalists to demonise industry and commerce, because they
associate it with what they call 'imperialism' and 'capitalism' as
well as 'strict morality'. But I'm willing to bet that none of them
would refuse to educate their children, or prefer to use gas lamps,
or ask the local quack round to perform an amputation without
anaesthetic. Danny Boyle himself would be hard pressed to find a job
as a movie director without the technological advances that began in
the Industrial Revolution. Although some parts of the Industrial
Revolution can be seen as ghastly and negative, the majority,
including the final outcome, was outstanding good for Britain!
Fundamental changes took place in agriculture, textile and metal
manufacture, transportation, economic policies and the social
structure in England. It is almost impossible to imagine what the
world would be like if the effects of the Industrial Revolution were
swept away. Electric lights would go out. Automobiles and airplanes
would vanish. Telephones, radios, and television would disappear.
Most of the stocks on the shelves of department stores would be
"My 13-year-old son had some pals over last night to watch the
opening ceremonies. After an hour or two of the gibberish, I turned
off the boob tube, and gave the boys a brief lecture on the history
of the Olympic Games (ancient and modern), and the greatness of
Great Britain - starting with colonization of the New World and
carrying on through the Battle of Britain. When I was done, the kids
said: 'That would have been a lot better than what they did'"
"[O]thers have pointed
out, rightly in my view, that if it was meant to be a history of
these isles, then such references were selective at best and just
bad history at worst" [source].
"England and Britain have a fascinating history. ... And they
managed to reduce that to this?"
"I've never minded being
in a minority - its usually the surest sign that you'll turn out to
have been right later. The mob can be relied on to be wrong about
anything important. But there's still something downright odd about
the universal praise lavished on the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony,
recognised by many Leftists as a triumph for their version of the
truth. It's as if the Olympics are now going to be what the
Millennium Dome was supposed to be, and failed to be - the founding
ceremony of a new age in which our proud past is ridiculed and our
history rewritten. personally I find it creepy and disturbing that
the Nelson statue in Trafalgar Square and the Duke of Wellington's
statue, have been officially defaced and trivialised. I think people
like me are being told this isn't our country anymore"
[Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 05 August 2012].
"Apparently our only
national achievements are the NHS, the juvenile 'texting' habit and
mass multi-culturalism as typified by the representation of the
population of bucolic pre-industrial Britain. This was just another
manifestation of the fact that the left decided some time ago to
colonise the past and re-write history - a typical marxist trick.
Insidious, weak PC hogwash accompanied by a BBC voice over 'that's
my sort of history lesson'"
"I liked a couple of
bits - the section where the chimneys rose up, and where the Olympic
ring was wrought and then raised to meet the others moving into
position up in the air. ... Otherwise it was a sick-inducing lefty
multi-culti fest, made little sense to us and even less to viewers
overseas" [comment at
"Once again the opportunity to 'rub our noses in diversity' was
embraced wholeheartedly. Junk history at its worst. ... in fact it
seemed that every 'vignette' had a disproportionate number of ethnic
minority participants. Surely the leftists don't honestly think the
global audience will be fooled by this..." [comment at
"The MV Empire Windrush
also got a mention with no apparent historical rewriting this
time - all those disembarking were non-white. But this was not
actually the case. Fifteen percent of the immigrants were refugee
Polish women who had fled Nazi occupied Germany and were
subsequently picked up by the Windrush in Mexico. The racist Boyle
and Ugwu chose to ignore this reality" [source].
"I noticed no concern
about anachronistic representation of 'vibrants' as C18th peasants
and even one 'capitalist', yet when the 'Windrush' arrived ethnic
authenticity was instituted"
"[I]t was spoiled for me
by political point-scoring and continuous observance of political
correctness ... to the point where it began to feel racist"
"It is extremely
interesting that the lefties in charge of the ceremony considered it
PC to include minorities in the industrial revolution section of the
show, when it is clearly the case that they, to all intents and
circumstances, were not part of the population at that time (some
were even used to play the industrialists!) and yet the immigrants
in the ship section were, quite correctly, all black. This is an
absolute classic example of why political correctness is a
disastrous mind set for any person to labour under (pun ENTIRELY
intended), let alone an entire organisation. Why is it allowable to
do this? The reason is that political correctness, by its very
definition, assumes a 'goody' and a 'baddy' within any given
scenario. ... it goes without saying that in the mind of left
wingers and therefore of the BBC that the 'whities' are the devil
and the minority in any given scenario are the 'good guys'. When the
politically correct mindset is put under even the slightest
intellectual probing it unravels like the leftie web of lies that it
truly is" [comment at
"This is the kind of
event that the diversity industry can really make a visible impact
on, and it showed. Look at any local council or central government
literature or presentation and you will see the same kind of over
representation. This is what diversity managers exist for - their
sole purpose is to increase the amount of representation of certain
favoured groups within the public sector, with no regard to whether
that representation is proportional. If they were to consider the
percentages of these groups within the population as a whole, these
things would look a lot less diverse than any of them would find
acceptable" [comment at
"[N]ote Marr's declaration of London as a 'world city'.
It was like a soundbite from a multiculturalist's victory speech"
multicultural equality agenda was so staged it was painful to watch"
"Boyle also included the
rapper Dizzee Rascal as a representative of modern, multicultural
Britain. Why? Mr D Rascal is hardly an advert for racial cohesion
let alone decency, kindness or morality. ... Why was such a man with
a clear anti-white agenda and a man who glorifies in criminal
violence allowed anywhere near the opening ceremony?" [source].
"Even the Telegraph have
gone all Beeboid. One of their bloggers, Tim Stanley has just said,
on Sky (in response to Burley) that, 'The issue of multiculturalism
is settled now, in this country.' Where have we heard that
sort of phrase before? Well young man (he looks younger than Owen
Jones), No it isn't - and there are many, including Trevor Phillips,
who think it has ill served the country and our diverse communities"
"What I found most
enlightening about the whole thing was the 'modern' tech set. ...
what was the reason behind having [the black girl's] new boyfriend
be himself black? Wouldn't it have made more sense for him to be a
blond 'English' type? That is, if we want to be representative and
all that. The way they did it edited out most of the actual
indigenous English in favour of recent immigrants, as if they are
the only 'English' that matter" [comment at
"In the opening
ceremony, there were 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens, 3 cows, 2
goats, 10 ducks and 9 geese. But apparently in an idyllic British
farmyard there are no dogs or pigs. Well fancy that!" [comment at
"There was also the
silly agenda going on that 'we are a nation of immigrants' -
something much exaggerated and used as a justification for mass
immigration ... in the past immigration to this country was minimal:
a few people came and brought their ideas - not millions of people.
The Norman conquest added immigrants but no more than 1% of the
population; ditto with other 'waves' of immigration" [comment at
"During the singing of
'Abide With Me' which is a genuine Christian hymn, there was a dance
scene led by Akram Khan, a Hindu who is a devotee of Sri Pratap
Pawar who is known as 'India's Divine Dancer'. He is an outstanding
exponent and teacher of the North Indian dance form, kathak.
According to Wikipedia 'kathak' dance begins with 'an invocation to
the gods'. One of Akram Khan's most well known works is a
presentation called 'Gnosis'. On his website we read about Gnosis:
'Inspired by the Mahabharata story of Queen Ghandari, who
blindfolds herself for life to follow her blind husband, Gnosis
explores the notion of inner knowledge and clouded vision, of
'seeing darkness yet being blind to light'. Those with discernment
will recognise this as bringing in New Age / Hindu concepts which
are anti Christian in their origins. It also links into Gnosticism,
the heretical belief system that infiltrated and plagued early
Christianity. Multiculturalism, which has really become the belief
system of modern Britain, demands that we merge Christianity with
other religions and declare them all to be one. This was part of the
message behind a Hindu inspired dance group performing while a
Christian hymn was being sung"
[Tony Pearce, London's Weird
"The anti-white ideology
[Boyle] promoted really was disgusting to all those who realised the
underlying message he was so assiduously promoting. Is it now so
politically incorrect to be an indigenous Brit in Britain that we
all need to be airbrushed out of existence?" [source].
Our Trite, Disrespectful,
"Are [texting and hooking up] the great achievements of British
endeavour?" [comment at
"Girl loses phone, boy
finds phone, girl loses phone, boy finds phone, just shoot me now"
/ "If boy had her phone, how was he able to phone phoneless
girl to say he had her phone? Or maybe I just wasn't paying enough
attention to the trite, hackneyed, multiculti clichés
and missed it" [comments at
the Sixties as an age of liberation. In fact, that period fatally
subverted the Britain of morality, self-discipline and tradition.
... the sixties tableau culminated in an 'all-you-need-is-love'
celebration of lifestyle choice - the doctrine that in fact did so
much to replace love by self-interest, and condemned countless
children to the misery of fractured family life"
"[W]hat was meant by the
attempt to portray the significance of the inventor of the World
Wide Web, Tim Berners-Leigh, by wrapping him up in a story of
staggering banality about British youngsters connecting with each
other digitally? [source].
"It's a crying shame that the true splendour and glory of Britain
was glossed over, while the overwhelming amount of time was given to
rock music and disco dancing, along with mobile phones, TV, movies
and the Internet. The tracks chosen seemed to proclaim the same
message: social revolution, the freedom to do as we please, and the
overthrow of morality. ... All the loud music, partying and dancing
seemed to be heading for a climax, but in the end what was revealed
in the virtual house centre stage was none other than the inventor
of the World Wide Web! He sat surrounded by computer screens, hailed
almost as Emperor of the Feast. It was as if HE were the secret
magician pulling all the strings of the Ceremony, hidden behind the
screen-filled 'house'. He was a kind of Wizard of Oz revealed behind
theatre curtains, but with about as much authority and magnificence"
"[Dizzee] Rascal ...
anti-police song about mugging innocent people. Nice chap,
definitely one of the best Britains
since the industrial revolution"
"[I]t appears we are a
nation of celebrity. ... And of course the [Q]ueen.
But she too has now got to be a celebrity rather than the embodiment
of the Crown. So they cast Her Majesty in a skit with Bond actor
Daniel Craig, and made her the Queen of Comedy. ... if I was a
royalist rather than a republican I would have been aghast at what
they done to my monarch" [source].
"There were also what can only be hoped were the last throes of
Blair's 'Cool Britannia', with the celebration of the inane and
superficial. ... [with] the Queen as herself, sadly reduced to the
status of a pantomime walk-on" [source].
"I would even question the depiction of the Queen, which most people
apparently regarded as a hoot. ... A joke? Of course - but a joke
with a purpose. Mr Boyle, we may reasonably surmise, is a
republican. As even he can't actually get rid of the Queen, the next
best thing he can do is to have her chucked out of a helicopter in a
manner that was hardly intended to increase the dignity of the
"I wonder what Mr
Boyle's views on our monarchy are? They certainly don't appear to be
well-intentioned. There was no mention of her long service to this
country, just an admittedly amusing but ultimately disrespectful
stunt pretending she was parachuting into the stadium. ... No doubt
the Sex Pistols' rendition of 'God Save the Queen' offended her. It
should have done, because that was always Johnny Rotten's anarchist
intention, as Mr Boyle knows only too well"
The National Health Service
"Just in case this
government hasn't got the message yet, Danny Boyle has repeated it
to the world: don't mess with the NHS"
"[F]or Boyle and many
others, the NHS is an eradicable symbol of all that is good about
Britain - because the myth that it gave birth to altruism and that,
without it, the poor will be left to die, goes very deep. The NHS
was always an impossible dream. But then, Left-wing thinking is
driven almost entirely by such Utopian fantasies. As a result it
creates cartoon villains who it thinks thwart such ideals, while
sanitising favoured groups - both such villains and heroes were on
display in Boyle's show" [source].
"There is something
strange in sanctifying a system for delivering health care. We do
not venerate the schools that educate our children, let alone the
Tube trains that transport us to work. If Paris had won the
Olympics, there would have been no dancing doctors and giant baby in
its opening ceremony, even though its insurance-based service is
often judged the world's best. Unfortunately, Britain's misty-eyed
myopia over the NHS - which will intensify now it is an official
part of our island story - is a delusional, self-defeating national
"My humble opinion is
that they were showing support for Obamacare. That's what leftists
do. Still boggles the mind a patient dying due to lack of drinking
water" [comments at
"Well, the Olympic
London 2012 Opening Ceremony is now behind us and what a piece of
Statist agit prop nonsense it was. Little wonder the BBC have been
going on about how 'wonderful' Danny Boyle's production had been.
... The NHS section was particularly odious and yet that seems to be
one of the bits the BBC liked best. A paean to a BLOATED grossly
expensive inefficient cold statist monstrosity - mmmm... think I
know WHY the BBC liked it so much!"
"It's often forgotten
that the NHS is now on a par with the Nazis in terms of the number
of incinerated foetuses"
The Flag Bearers
"Far too much pop music
- there was a place for it, given our history, but they overdid it -
and an overdose of leftist propaganda, both of which required stiff
mental discipline to keep the shouting-at-the-tv Tourette's at bay
(resistance finally cracked with the appearance of Chakrabarti and
Lawrence)..." [comment at
"Where was the mother of
Kriss Donald the 15 year old white victim of the countries
worst racist abduction torture and murder at the hands of an Asian
gang - doesn't fit in with the multicultural message so lets have
some more of Shami and the Lawrences"
"Why was Doreen
Lawrence ... one of the Olympic flag bearers? There are many
mothers, both black and white who have had their sons murdered by
disgusting racists, but the inclusion of Doreen Lawrence was an
overt statement of black racial politics which had no place in what
should have been an impartial Olympic ceremony"
politically correct flag-carrying by Shami and [Doreen Lawrence] was
the weakest and most misplaced part of the whole opening ceremony.
Did they deserve to be there? No"
"Surely, it would have been far better to have survivors of the
Islamist bombings (a result of immigration here, it must be said)
hold that flag ... in a clear show of defiance against enemies
within and without. ... Not PC that, though"
"For those who really
fought for our freedom and that of others - this sort of Political
Posturing by Shami and Liberty undermines their heroic efforts - and
that is sad" [comment at
"Apart from among a few embittered bigots and backwoodsmen, the
ceremony has been well received across the political spectrum"
/ "And right there in that statement ... you have in a
nutshell the approved BBC answer to any and all criticism"
"Mitt Romney, Aiden
Burley, Toby Young, the EDL - your boys took a hell of a beating
tonight" [comment at
"[The Daily Mail article (now removed) by Rick Dewsbury] appears to
have attracted a concerted lefty attack. As one supportive comment
warned 'Well said, now wait for the hate mail that will surely come
your way. As you know, you must not express the 'wrong' opinion'"
"What's distressing is
that there is clearly an editorial lockdown on dissent throughout
the media. Only squeaks of disquiet are being allowed through, even
in newspapers like the Telegraph and the Mail. For the most part the
meejah seem to have decided it would be unpatriotic not to be seen
supporting this collectivist nightmare"
"The extent to which the media and politicians have fallen into line
with the Boyle politicking demonstrates the success the liberal left
have had in acquiring the levers of power and working them
ruthlessly. Whenever a highly contentious subject provokes little
public debate you may bet your life on it being the consequence of
the suppression of one side of the debate. It is no wonder that in
present day Britain so little public opposition to the nature of
Boyle's show should have occurred. Politicians and people with
access to the mainstream media know only too well that to go against
the politically correct tide is to invite serious trouble"
"Boyle was fully aware he was historically misrepresenting our
racial history, but he did it in such a way that those who
recognised his virulent anti-white racism would be too afraid to
raise the issue publicly. And it has worked. Not one mainstream
media outlet has mentioned this. Stephen Glover (alone) picked up on
the Marxist propaganda but skirted around the obvious racial angle.
Very wise too, if Mr Glover wishes to continue in his employment.
What a dreadful indictment of totalitarian multiculturalism in
"Taking to Twitter when
the NHS was worshipped, as if it were not a state institution that
has given us MRSA and let young men die of thirst, I quipped: 'Not
even communist China were so brazen as to extol their nationalised
stranglehold on their country so blatantly.' I don't like state
worship. In any form. I found the Jubilee fairly nauseating too, but
when I said that I wasn't hounded for seventy-two hours. ... So far
that tweet has earned me a kicking in the New Statesman, twice that
in the Guardian, endless tweets and some charming emails. Even the
former footballer Stan Collymore weighed in online. We are through
the looking glass when a man who beat up his girlfriend becomes a
moral arbiter. ... While I disagree with Aiden Burley's reference to
'multicultural c***', I do agree with his lefty nonsense jibe, but
even if I did not sympathise with part of his sentiment I'd like to
think I wouldn't be clamouring for his blood. ... The second [an MP]
puts his or her head above the parapet, especially if it is to
criticise the sacred NHS, normally reasonable commentators literally
call for them to resign. It's madness - disagree, for sure. But
silencing dissent? Come off it. The media has lamented the tight
rein that Lacog and co (pun intended) have run these games on. ...
the stifling of freedom in the name of the games has rightly been
attacked. But when you can't even hold an opinion that differs from
the rest of the sheep then surely Locog have won? If silencing
people is the legacy of these games then count me out"
But Definitely No
"Sometimes you have to take a step back and consider whether your
own bias is distorting your view. Had I really watched a tribute to
socialism posing as an Olympic Games opening ceremony? I consulted
Professor Andrew Chadwick, Professor of Political Science at Royal
Holloway College. An exultant Professor Chadwick told me 'Olympic
ceremony is socialist realism meets cabaret. A triumph!', adding
further that 'So many subliminal and not so subliminal lefty
messages in the Olympic Ceremony. We are all Progressives now'. ...
Seems I was right. ... (Alright, so I didn't really consult
Chadwick. Those quotes are his tweets.)"
"The London 2012
Olympics Opening Ceremony saw plenty of laboured nods to progressive
and collectivist thinking, from the sly CND slogan to the bizarre
NHS episode" [source].
"Just what I expected. It should not have political but of course
they don't think it is if its left wing"
"I watched the opening ceremony with a son-in-law who is ...
decidedly leftie in most of his views. he commented almost
immediately - and before me - that there was a lot of PC stuff in
there. Several times he groaned at the superficiality of the PC
inserts" [comment at
"Danny Boyle's analysis
of the history of Britain was splendidly subversive and leftwing.
After a communal rural Eden and the Fall, it was the competitive
ruthlessness of the industrial revolution - which produced, among
other things, the individualism of a competitive Olympics. Salvation
came in the form of the caring NHS and this was in turn threatened
by the evil rising of Voldemort (while JK Rowling was reading). Was
I the only watcher to recall that the nickname of the current health
secretary is Voldemort?"
"Was it dripping with
political correctness? Certainly. Was it suffused with
sentimentality and clichés?
Of course. How could it not be? For that is what Britain has become.
In today's Britain, objectivity has given way to emotion. reality
has been replaced by the creative imagination. Truth has been
supplanted by wishful thinking. Anyone who dissents from any of
these orthodoxies is treated as a pariah. Those for whom this is
anathema, for whom the loss of the Britain they once knew and loved
causes real anguish, felt Danny Boyle's ceremony was an affront"
"By its very nature the Olympics opening ceremony should be
apolitical because of the vast range of political behaviours and
ideologies which are represented by the two hundred or so competing
nations. No overtly political production could do other than
irritate many whilst pleasing few. It should have gone without
saying that the opening ceremony should have eschewed any
ideological message. Boyle ignored this imperative wholesale and
pumped out the liberal internationalist message with shards of Old
Labour thinking embedded within it. ... Apart from being politically
partisan it was doubly crass because the overwhelming majority of
the foreign audience would not have had a clue about what was going
on. The British have an additional beef because they were taxpayers
paying for unambiguous political propaganda which came from only one
side of the political spectrum. Judging by phones-ins and comments
left on blogs, newsgroups and mainstream media comment boards quite
a few Britons cavilled at that"
"To understand how
inappropriate Boyle's show was, imagine an equally political
partisan and uncritical show put on by a director with non-pc
nationalist sympathies crossed with a religious belief in free
enterprise. (This would be a stupendously improbable event in modern
Britain but do your best to get your imagination to stretch to the
Herculean lengths required). Such a director might have started by
extolling the British Empire as a great civilising force, portrayed
pre-industrial Britain as a place of poverty and brutality which was
transformed into a much wealthier and more ordered society by
industrial capitalism, created a narrative which depicted state
interference with the economy as disastrous with the nationalised
industries of Attlee including the NHS being shown as inefficient
and wracked with political activists, showed the dockers' march of
1968 in support of Enoch Powell after his Rivers of Blood
speech resulted in his sacking by Tory leader Ted Heath and the
Notting Hill riots as legitimate political protests against mass
immigration before ending with a scene encapsulating the erosion of
freedom in Britain by the combination of political correctness and
the vast opportunities for surveillance offered by modern digital
technology. This last could have had Tim Berners-Leigh with his head
in his hands as a court sentenced someone to prison for putting out
a non-pc message on Twitter. All that would have been as
inappropriate as Boyle's offering but no more so"
"The obvious liberal
left agenda showed so what is new? It was to be expected. They still
believe they have the moral high ground. To me it showed that this
is now two Englands. London and the shires. As the poet said we must
seek the place where London ends and England can begin. It is
London's Olympics and I wish the city well of it. I really do"
"[I]t would be a huge mistake to write off this production as a
piece of harmless fun. It may have been fun, but it was not intended
to be harmless. Danny Boyle is engaged in a cultural battle of ideas
that matters a great deal to him. The absence of almost any
criticism on the Right suggests to me that the Left may have already
"This is serious. If we have become so brainwashed we can no longer
see overt propaganda for what it is, then Britain is finished. The
divisive ideologies of multiculturalism and mass immigration have
already caused great damage to our community, whilst socialism has
already economically bankrupted us. ... we must ... become
politically aware of the leftist policies designed to fracture our
country, no matter how disingenuously they are presented to us"
"Interesting factoid -
the guy who wrote the script for the Open[ing] Ceremony, Frank
Cottrell, cut his teeth writing for Living Marxism. No bias there,
"Danny Boyle worked with
one scriptwriter and four selected assistant directors to stage the
opening and closing ceremony. [These included]: Frank Cottrell Boyce
... [who] started his career writing for the far-left magazine
Living Marxism [aka] The Journal of the British Revolutionary
Communist Party. Stephen Daldry [who] was a member of the
Socialist Workers party ... in the 1960s, ... The SWP describes
itself as Anti-Capitalist and Revolutionary. Catherine Ugwu ... Her
work is quoted on reading lists centred on Marxism and Black
Liberation Theology" [source].
The Last Word
"Mrs U and I watched the
opening festivities with some old friends from France. After the
display of highly selective British history, M. Dupont turned to me
and remarked, 'C'est formidable mais ou sont les Anglais?' - sums it
up really" [comment at
And So To Close...
"... [I] laughed quite a
lot at the [Closing] Ceremony (or Cacophony), ... It was,
unintentionally, quite funny. ... it [was] even more of a Moronic
inferno than the opening ceremony, and ... was explicitly
anti-religious. It gave a central place to the anti-religious song
'Imagine', getting children to sing it (doesn't that rather fly in
the face of the Dawkinsite rage against children being brought up
*with* religious belief? Wouldn't the same difficulty apply to
bringing them up with an active unbelief?) And it gave an even more
central place to the singing of 'Always look on the Bright Side of
life', which was an important part of the puerile anti-Christian
film 'Life of Brian'. (Even more childishly, some people continue to
deny that it was anti-Christian. Don't bother.) In case anyone
didn't get the message, this was accompanied by a chorus of Roman
soldiers (fresh from Golgotha?) and by a squadron of women dressed
as nuns, speeding about the stage on roller blades. Well, I never,
what a wheeze (I don't think, actually, that many orders of nuns in
this once-Protestant country were to be found wearing the elaborate
winged coifs sported by these fake sisters, but what the heck,
making a joke out of nuns has always been a key part of
anti-religious agitprop, from the French Revolution onwards). ... By
the way, although I don't like the old Beatles numbers that were
played at the closing ceremony (though I do quite like 'Waterloo
Sunset', alas sung without much strength to it), the old songs have
a certain power to them, and a memorability. It does seem to me that
pop music since the 1960s has become utterly uninteresting by
comparison. I think it's because it's now conventional, and has no
power to shock, and also because it has already said all that it
could possibly say. Listening to George Michael (which I'd never
knowingly done before) was a form of torture. How can anyone enjoy
this? It also seemed to me as I watched it that the closing ceremony
failed on its own terms. I thought the praise for it this morning
was a bit faint. But the Olympic frenzy still has a little life in
it. Most of the media have lost all detachment, and are still
reporting it as if it were a sacred ceremony rather than an event.
... Take this closing sentence from a BBC news report, on the Today
programme: 'The warm memories [of] the games have a while yet to
glow'. This sort of thing was rightly mocked, 30 years or so ago, in
sycophantic reports of royal visits. But, as always, the
revolutionaries themselves are just as bad as those they've
overthrown, once they're firmly in power. The slobbering over Mr.
Blair's 'great' conference speeches by supposedly independent
journalists was worse than any Royal toadying. And so is this"
"If the Opening Ceremony
presented us with a struggle through Britain's past to recover its
ancient religious roots, the Closing Ceremony celebrated in song
what the New World Order will be like, and who will rule over it.
Music at the show was indicative of the kind of morality we have
come to expect at this kind of event. ... The choice was
interesting, and the lyrics said it all. John Lennon's song
Imagine about a united world with no religion could have been
composed especially for the occasion. ... Finally, [the band]
The Who took to the stage ... [and] was then joined by other
performers ... for one last song: My Generation - the
new generation's contempt for all that has gone before"
"Raising a Fist in
the Face of God"
"The main Olympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies reminded me of the Tower of Babel, as
almost every item depicted - in one way or another - man 'climbing
high' and trying to reach perfection (or heaven) in his own
strength. The Closing Paralympics Ceremony, titled a 'Festival
of the Flame', displayed at one point a very unpleasant 'face' set alight
behind a wall of fire, in front of which danced semi-clad people,
bringing to my mind Moloch, one of the gods who was worshipped by
the descendents of Lot (rescued from Sodom...)"
[Michael Smith, personal letter on
"Not only the thousands
present in the flesh but perhaps billions around the world watched
the ceremonies on TV. Many more will see them on subsequent digital
media. How better to reach the entire world with a new message? 'The
first essential characteristic of the Olympics, both ancient as well
as modern, is to be a religion. It represents, above and
outside the Churches, humanity's superior religion.' (Baron
de Coubertin, reviver of the Olympic Games and founder of the IOC).
The message I watched removed God from not only Britain's past but
the world's future. He was not given one iota of recognition or
praise for the many blessings we have received over the centuries in
this country. Indeed, the height of evangelism and missionary
endeavour of the 19th and early 20th century was entirely reduced to
a bleak, black and 'satanic' nightmare called 'pandemonium'. ...
beyond the blatant paganism and idolatrous symbolism I felt there
was a challenge to the sovereignty of God at this time, a rejoicing
in man's own strength and ability, and a desire for self rule"
"European culture has
been gutted by Post-Modern 'victim'-obsessed PC indoctrination which
has already warped the minds of the young" [comment at:
extended extract is from the
The Origin of 'Identity Politics' & 'Political Correctness'
(sometimes dubbed 'political correctness') is the result of a
political-Left major backlash against the mass of ordinary people
(in Europe and 'the West'), beginning in the 1920s/30s, in the wake
of the persistent failure of Marxist theory to be realised in
European 'revolution' or any real change through democracy. In
shifting the blame away from Marxist theory and those gullible
enough to adhere to it, and on to those the theory had prescribed
and predicted would have been the beneficiaries, if only they had
responded accordingly ('the [white, male] workers'); then the
cognitive-dissonance within the political-left mindset caused by
this crisis to an extent was salved"
"As with any fervent ideology, a
hallmark of the political-Left is interpreting anything and
everything in its own ideological terms to claim as a manifestation
of the ideology and its prophecy - jumping on a bandwagon, so to
speak; though here only to hijack it. The bandwagon here was, of
course, the American civil rights movement, which though enjoying
ubiquitous support within black communities - to the point often of
various forms of extremism - featured virtually nil endorsement of
socialism ... It is from the time of this co-option that 'identity
politics' dates; many considering that the movement was incorporated
into the Left in the wake of King's assassination in 1968 - the
major turning-point year in political-Left politics generally"
"'Civil rights', as the first great
'single-issue' campaign, served not least to provide an acceptable
cloak for the Left to avoid provoking a resurgence of McCarthysim.
The major social upheaval of 'civil rights' with its large-scale and
widespread rioting was easily the nearest thing in then recent US
history to look like the promised Marxist 'revolution', and
obviously was just the practical application the 'theory' was
seeking. Moreover, the protagonists (black Americans) were eminently
separable form the now despised 'workers' per se, in being
presentable as a new 'group; from outside of the former fray of
'boss' versus 'worker'.
"This accident of history served to
add 'black' to 'woman' as 'the new oppressed' ... 'The worker' in
effect was retrospectively stereotyped as both 'man' and 'white'.
With the inverse of this stereotype of 'white' being not just 'black
American' but 'black' - that is, ethnic-minority generically ... so
it was that the new 'agents of social change' / 'disadvantaged' /
'oppressed' were extended from women to also include all ethnic
"It is only with the knowledge of how
this developed that sense can be made of why ethnicity is held above
the myriad other possible differences that could be utilised as
in-group markers, when in fact there is nothing inherent in
ethnicity as an in-group marker to produce inter-group prejudice
that is particularly more pernicious"
"Indeed, the worst inter-communal
conflicts nominally between different ethnicities usually are
between different cultural heritages with no discernible 'racial'
differences of any kind - and what (non-ethnic) differences there
are can be minimal; the lack of contrast actually fuelling the
intensity of conflict, such is the need for groups to feel
distinguished from each other"
"Furthermore, ethnic prejudice is
anything but restricted to or even predominantly 'white' on 'black':
inter-ethnic (eg, 'black' on Asian) and ethnic-on-'white' 'racism'
can be, often is and may usually be the greater problem; and a
negative attitude to a certain ethnicity does not imply a similar
attitude to other ethnicities"
"The specific US experience, given
the highly divisive politics in the wake of the American Civil War
over the basis of the Southern US economy in African slavery, does
not translate to elsewhere; notably not to Europe - as was starkly
evidenced in the experience of World War II 'black' American GIs
stationed in England in how they were favourably received by locals,
who sided with them when discriminated against"
"'Racial divides' in European 'white'
host countries are the result not of mutual antipathy but
affiliative forces, principally within migrant enclaves and
secondarily within the 'host' community; in both cases being through
in-group 'love', not out-group 'hate'"
[EMcD: though the latter
part of this observation is indeed true in normal circumstances,
this does not, of course, take account of the Islamic/Koranic
doctrines of Al-Hijra (Immigration), Taqiyya (Lying and Deceit), and Razzia/Ghazwa
(Rape and Slavery), Dawa (Cultural and Stealth Jihad), and Terrorist
and Violent Jihad, carried out by fundamentalist Muslims as
they settle in increasing numbers in Western countries with the sole
purpose of making every remaining Dar al-Harb ('House of War': i.e.
any non-Muslim country) into a Dar al-Islam ('House of Submission': i.e all Muslim countries) until Islam finally achieves its
longed-for global Caliphate.]
[End of Extract]
"The Frankfurt School
believed that as long as an individual had the belief - or even the
hope of belief - that his divine gift of reason could solve the
problems facing society, then that society would never reach the
state of hopelessness and alienation that they considered necessary
to provoke socialist revolution.
Their task, therefore, was as
swiftly as possible to undermine the Judaeo-Christian legacy. To do
this they called for the most negative destructive criticism
possible of every sphere of life which would be designed to
de-stabilize society and bring down what they saw as the
'oppressive' order. Their policies, they hoped, would spread like a
virus - 'continuing the work of Western Marxists by other means' as
one of their members noted.
To further the advance
of their 'quiet' cultural revolution ... the [Frankfurt] School
recommended (among other things):
(1) the creation of racism
(2) continual change to create confusion,
(3) the teaching
of sex and homosexuality to children,
(4) the undermining of
schools' and teachers' authority,
(5) huge immigration to destroy
(6) the promotion of excessive drinking,
(7) emptying of
(8) an unreliable legal system with bias against victims
(9) dependency on the state or state benefits,
control and dumbing down of media,
(11) encouraging the breakdown of
One of the main ideas
of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud's idea of 'pansexualism'
- the search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences
between the sexes, the overthrowing of traditional relationships
between men and women. To further their aims they would:
the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and
mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary
educators of their children,
(b) abolish differences in the
education of boys and girls,
(c) abolish all forms of male dominance
- hence the presence of women in the armed forces,
(d) declare women
to be an 'oppressed class' and men as 'oppressors'."
eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to
create a social state:
Healthcare - Control healthcare and you control the
Poverty - Increase the Poverty level as high as
possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight
back if you are providing everything for them to live;
- Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That wa6y you are
able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty;
Control - Remove the ability to defend themselves from
the Government. That way you are able to create a police state;
Welfare - Take control of every aspect of their lives
(Food, Housing, and Income);
Education - Take control of that people read and listen
to - take control of what children learn in school;
Religion - Remove the belief in God from the Government
Class Warfare - Divide the people into the wealthy and
the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier
to take from (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor" [source].
"Woe unto them that call evil
good, and good evil;
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that
put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
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