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Unbelievable!

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That’s the word that sums up the Olympics for me. It’s what we heard the athletes saying again and again. It’s what their performances amounted to. It was the enthusiasm and support of the crowd. It’s what was achieved in grand style by those who organised and ran this extraordinary celebration of human endeavour.

One of my most vivid memories will be of switching on the television for the news each morning at 7.00am, then finding the tears streaming down my face even before I’d properly woken up. As each of the previous day’s triumphs were relived so the heroes were paraded on the breakfast TV sofa.  Also, as I’ve travelled to the country on several occasions I was so, so proud for Jamaica.  I can just imagine how their sprinters’ achievements were celebrated at home.  I am in huge admiration of the respect that Usain Bolt and Johann Blake showed for other countries’ national anthems, even stopping TV interviews when the flags were raised.  Both of them also sang their own anthem with unashamed pride, something I wish more of our athletes had managed.

Britain is truly great. The games and our achievements at them prove that. We exceed every reasonable expectation that we could have of ourselves. That is why we have such a proud history, why we are the leaders  that we continue to be and why we hold a place in the world out of all proportion to our size and resources.

That our athletes and those who train and organise them can achieve so much sheds a very harsh light on those that now run our government and economy.   Today we are let down by leaders who are pygmies compared to the giants that have made Britain great.

The British people can achieve the unbelievable. All we need are the leaders to show us the way. If we replaced the 29 members of the cabinet with our 29 gold medal winners I think we might do far better.

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August 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Britain’s Girls Put The Great Back In Football

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After the overpaid, uncouth and unpleasant men of the Premier League have destroyed my interest in football, it is a delight to see our girls going great guns at the Olympics.

They represent exactly what the venal and self-obsessed men are missing.  They express their talent with joy and sincerity and it is wonderful entertainment.

 

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July 31, 2012 at 8:43 pm

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Olympic Glory

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If you haven’t been moved by our outstanding success in Beijing then you have a heart of stone.  The commitment, dedication, pride and intensity demonstrated by our sportsmen and women is an example to us all – and that, of course, is the purpose of sport.

The most incisive fact behind all this is that in 1996 in Atlanta, Team GB won just one gold medal.  In 1997 lottery funding started.  Now, 11 years on, that investment has started to pay off and it seems self evident doesn’t it?  Our superstars who are now leading the world, were then just beginning their interest in sport.  We have provided  proper funding and they are repaying us in gold.

If international sport can replace war and if sporting success can inspire individual success in business, in education, in science and in society then we have a  model that deserves even greater support.  In itself it justifies the lottery whatever concerns one may have about government sponsored gambling.  Our sportsmen and women must now be guaranteed proper funding in future whatever source it comes from.

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August 18, 2008 at 7:51 pm