Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Opening ceremony

BTW people are saying the Olympic opening celebration wasn't left wing, because right wing people liked it. I think it was left wing, and more people share those left wing values than we might think. Some people who call themselves right wing or conservative love things (like the BBC or the NHS or access to the countryside) which the Conservative party rejects and wants to dismantle. Truly right wing people hated the opening ceremony, and they said so. I bet Cameron hated it, but he couldn't say so. It was described on Twitter as a "£27m party political broadcast" for the Labour party. The Daily Mail said “The NHS did not deserve to be so disgracefully glorified in this bonanza of left-wing propaganda" (not a link to the Mail) and:
This was supposed to be a representation of modern life in England but it is likely to be a challenge for the organisers to find an educated white middle-aged mother and black father living together with a happy family.

Can you believe that? What a debased way of thinking. Most people in this country don't think like that. Later in the article he calls the opening ceremony an example of 'Social engineering'. But this is wrong. Support for the NHS does not need to be 'engineered', people living without racism does not have to be 'engineered'. Community will arise organically from the natural processes of social life, if people are given a chance.

The Mail, and the Tories, are way out of step with majority British opinion. Or rather they are out of step with the best we can be, which is tolerant and mutually supportive and creative. And if celebrating those values is an advert for the left wing, then everything good becomes an advert for the left wing. And then we have won.
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