Monday, 31 March 2008

The 2012 Olympics

I believe that the country we live in and pay loads of taxes too is called Great Britain or the United Kingdom. My passport says British on it and I generally put British down as my nationality unless t's one of those stupid forms that has to be filled in to ensure that there is no racial discrimination.

Enough of that for the moment, the following piece of information has been brough to my attenton.

The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012 London Olympics because they are deemed 'too British'.


Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be 'offensive' to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team have performed at more than 4000 events worldwide, but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have deemed the display team 'too militaristically British.' Red Arrows pilots were said to be 'outraged', as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for the Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed from a British-based event for being 'too British' is an insult - the Arrows are a symbol of Britain.


What the hell is going on and who are the arseholes that make these decisions. Are Germans afraid of flying their flag because of the Second World War, are the French worried about theirs even if they are cheese eating surrender monkeys who only agreed to the the channel tunnel being built as it gives them somewhere to run when the Germans next invade. I think the answer is no.

Britain is funding the 2012 olympics and the British taxpayer is forking out some extra tax for this no doubt. The Red Arrows show that British pilots are the best in the world. Is the sight of the Queen at the olympics going to offend people, may be she shouldn't go even though the length of the Marathon is based on the distance from St James's Park to Buckingham palace and guess where the inspiration for the modern Olympics games came from and where they actually started. Did I hear Athens, afraid not. It was in the little Shropshire town of Much Wenlock and the brainchild of a Mr William Penny Brookes.

So how's about this for a nice simple suggestion, if the site of anything British offends you, then why not bugger off somewhere else.

However, if you are proud to be British then go to the following link and fill in the petition.

Red Arrows Petition