In a further demonstration of the standards which he hates in others but routinely deploys himself, James “saviour of Western Civilisation” Delingpole has launched a totally ineffective yet petulant broadside at the upcoming Olympic Games. These, he has decided more than seven years after award was made (the day before the London bombings) are A Very Bad Thing.
Del Boy's preferred interpretation of Fair and Balanced
To support this Damascene conversion, Del Boy engages in just a little exaggeration, first citing an appearance by former gold medallist Sally Gunnell at an easyJet event at Southend Airport. “Union flag was removed & she had to change from a white tracksuit to an orange T-shirt” he declares. What happened is disputed, but it doesn’t match the Delingpole version.
But then, Del says we should cancel the Games as “we can’t afford them”. Bit late there, James: all the venues have already been built. To not use them – and therefore to forego all that ticket and media revenue – would be the kind of waste that you’re always accusing others of indulging in. Your argument, like your realisation, are seven years too late.
This, though, does not trouble Del Boy, who tries to paint the Games as some kind of invasion of the UK, which might cause mild consternation anywhere outside London and the south east. “We haven’t been invaded and conquered since 1066” he asserts, which means that 1688 doesn’t count, presumably as we invited the King of Orange to invade and conquer England, which he duly did.
That would spoil Del’s narrative, though, which continues “unlike any other country in the world we've had almost a thousand years of being used to do things our way”, a sentiment which may interest, most recently, those in the USA, and through history, a number of European nations, which have most certainly not allowed England, or later the United Kingdom, to do as it pleases.
So what is Delingpole’s point in posting yet another rant? Ah well. It’s one of his old favourites: Nazis. Never mind that the Third Reich fell in 1945 and has not been revisited since, Del Boy sees Nazis everywhere. And at the Olympic Games he has encountered “Olympinazis” (tm), which will in every retelling be enclosed in patented Delingpole “air quotes” (accompanying sneer to camera extra).
Yes, in Delingpole land, the brave and downtrodden citizens of the UK are “expected to give up our ancient freedoms in order to sate the Nero-like whims of a bunch of pampered, greasy, crypto-fascist sports administrators”. What Del Boy would say if there really was an invasion can only be guessed at, but then, he’d most likely say nothing and move very rapidly in the direction of away.
He is, as they say in God’s Own County, all wind and piss. No change there, then.
Perhaps Dellingpole has Nazi touretts?
Any commenter that brings memories of Lewis Black giving Glenn Beck the full treatment on the Daily Show is more than welcome here.
To slightly paraphrase what you say, what is the actual point of this post? I don't know much about Delingpole save he appears to be a million light years away from where I stand on most things. However just because he rants against the Olympics in perhaps a not terribly sophisticated way (e.g. the abuse of the word Nazi),does not make him wrong in lambasting the way the Olympics has been projected onto us. Are you not bothered at the corporate takeover of the Olympic spirit - only being able to buy McDonalds chips/fries; only being able to draw cash if you have a Visa card; not being able to refer to the 02 Centre as the O2 Centre. The roads being closed off from now affecting small businesses; the fact that ordinary Londoners who have helped pay toward the cost not being able to go to see the Games as they cannot afford the oppressive price of the tickets etc. These are it seems to me reasonable matters to be genuinely annoyed about and which impinge on a perceived British way of doings things fairly. It is not a specifically right wing thing to moan about the Olympics and it is not a default left thing position to defend the way it has been organised.
My understanding is that the point of this post is that James Delingpole is a bit of a tool. Anyone who even suggests something which might mildly inconvenience him is denounced as a Nazi, sometimes (usually in relation to climate change) in the same breath as they are called Communist. The needless hyperbole would be what most deserves calling-out in the cited piece, as opposed to the legitimate criticisms which may underlie it.
I may be wrong, of course.
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