Wednesday, August 20, 2008

So who's not cheering on our athletes?



Tasha Danvers - a Great British Athlete

These are distracting times. I don't know about you, but I'm keeping an almost obsessive eye (via the BBC website) on our astonishing current 3rd position in the medals table. Frankly, it's giving me a nosebleed, and at any minute I'm expecting Russia to bag a hatful of golds in the women's tractor-pulling, and send us crashing down the rankings.

It's rather like the Football World Cup at Quarter Final time, or the Ashes. And on the very rare occasions when we get one over on the Aussies, there's always the pleasure of reading Down Under sports columns - especially those that take the post-colonial rivalry to exciting new levels of hyperbole.

Truly, the Great Bawl of China.

But wait, amongst this outpouring of shared national joy, one very small group of people seemed curiously unmoved. I refer of course to the British National Party and their fellow travellers.

Bizarrely, at a time when the national conversation is dominated by British success in the pool, the velodrome and on the track, the BNP site has nothing to say. If ever there was a time for flag-waving, this is it. Yet the BNP website is devoid of comment, save a surrogate thread bemoaning that the British award-winning dance group Zoonation will be performing at the Olympic handover ceremony in Beijing.

Being the BNP, of course, there's a gratuitous observation on the subsequent comment thread that Sports Minister Margaret Hodge has a Jewish heritage. Yet curiously, not a word about the most successful British squad in nearly 100 years. And all because some of the athletes don't conform to the narrow BNP racial steroetype of what it is to be British.

In a sense, you have to feel sorry for them, impotently trapped in their fading imperialist world whilst the rest of us celebrate achievement after achievment in China. It also serves to remind us however, just how apart the BNP's world view is from reality, and how hatred can blind.

Rebecca Adlington, Christine Ohuruogo, Chris Hoy, Germaine Mason, Victoria Pendleton, Joanne Jackson, Tasha Danvers - they're all fantastic Olympians and athletes the rest of us can be proud of. We can leave the BNP to their sad fantasy world.

16 comments:

ian h said...

Agreed,
can i also say how good it is to see the Scots, Welsh, N. Irish and English celebrating togther as a team under the Union Flag.

Makes a refresshing change from the ususal jingoistic rivalries

Roll on 2012!

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

It's fantastic. The team have put the GREAT back into Britain.

Darlington Councillor said...

Thanks, both of you.

There's an interesting comment piece in today's Telegraph which develops Ian's point here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/08/21/do2101.xml

BNP Volunteer said...

Dear oh dear. Your sick and twisted mind Wallis. So the BNP is guilty of what it has not said?
It could be pointed out by the same rule of thumb that if the rumour is correct you worked at the same Childrens care home at the same time as high ranking New Labour paedophile Martyn Locklyn and you never came out with any comments on that subject. Sauce for the goose and all that Nick!

The BNP website is for political comment not sports, although the BNP is very happy about our sportsmen & womens success.
In return I could accuse you of typical New Labour bandwagon jumping. You haven't mentioned sport hardly until all the curent olympics hype.
Why don't you practice what you preach. If you are so into sport why dont you try a bit of vigorous excercise yourself?
For a man who of late has been extolling the virtues of sport you cut quite a flabby and unheroic physique.
I predict that after the close of the olympics your sporting comments will become as sparse as currents in a prison pudding.

At the recent BNP RWB festival County Durham BNP were crowned Tug of War champions. Other success for NEBNP was first prize in the football, first prize in the quiz and 3rd place for best regional stall.

The BNP article on the Zoo nation hip hop embarrasement which is supposed to represent British culture, lifestyle and history at the Peking olympics closing ceremony can be viewed by following the below link.
http://www.bnp.org.uk/2008/08/the-%e2%80%9czoo-nation%e2%80%9d-will-represent-%e2%80%9cbritish-culture%e2%80%9d-in-beijing/

A small sample of comments from the BNP members forum supporting our athletes.

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Not very bad eh?
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Bloody brilliant our British boys and girls have been.

Done us all proud. And more yet to come....


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Very well done, bloody brilliant, still may be a few more to come.
Proud of you all. Kiwi Den. Auckland.


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Must say I like the BBCs new olympic logo Reminds one of those jam-jars from simpler times


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They were all white until this afternoon. A Nigerian has just won a gold medal wearing our colours.

ali hardwick said...

Continuing the sporting theme, Trevor, is the fanatically anti-Catholic OReilly still for the "High Jump" or has that now all been forgotten?

miketually said...

"can i also say how good it is to see the Scots, Welsh, N. Irish and English celebrating togther as a team under the Union Flag."

Only registered flags may be used at the Olympics. Since there are no English, Scottish, Irish or Welsh teams, their flags cannot be used.

The performances of our athletes has been superb. Obviously, I'm especially pleased with the cycling results, where we won 7 of the 10 track medals.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes again....

It would be intersting to see where other members of Team GB finshed.

The Olympics are not about how many medals are won, but taking part and pushing yourself to the limits and beyond, trying your best. A journey of self discovery. Coping with disappointments and bouncing back. My favourite athlete Paula Ratcliff knows all about this.
It's a good lesson for us all, especially young people. The comment in the Telegraph was spot on.

Anonymous said...

It is great to see all our team gb do well regardless of race and which of our countries they are from. really hope we hang on for 3rd.

I voted for the bnp for the 1st time last year as i was unhappy with labour and didnt see the lib dems or tories sticking up for the working class and i am in no way racist.

I am undecided who i will vote for next year at the euros but i look forward to having a broad choice to choose from and not just the big 3 which makes things more interesting

Mark Scott, Darlington

BNP Volunteer said...

I was speaking to another Darlington BNP volunteer just now and he was telling me that you must have been tapping away at your computer keyboard at the same time as members from Haughton & Springfield were blanket leafleting the whole of Haughton West ward.

Question. Which British National Party members father was asked by The Labour Party to contest the Haughton ward for them?

Darlington Councillor said...

I've deleted the racist joke from this thread - all we can expect I'm afraid when the BNP start visiting the site.

BNP Volunteer. Firstly, I thought the final contributor to the BNP Forum thread you selectively quote rather gave the game away - "They were all white until this afternoon. A Nigerian has just won a gold medal wearing our colours." Exactly the selective support that sets the BNP mindset apart from the rest of the country.

As for Martin Locklyn - well, I guessed I've hit a raw nerve with you when you drag him up again. Just for the record, I worked several shifts at Aycliffe Young People's Centre as a relief residential social worker in the 1990's. About 400 people worked on the site at the time. From memory, I never worked with Locklyn.

But what if I had? This is just a sad smear - guilt by association. I'm aware of course that the BNP harp on about people who are members of the main political parties and are then convicted of criminal offences. Of course, this can happen to any organisation.

It's an attempt to divert people again away from the telling statistic which is the number of leading BNP members who have been convicted of race hate and violence-related offences. That is relevant because it precisely reflects the BNP mindset, and gives the lie to the fantasy that somehow the BNP brand has been decontaminated of it Nazi past.

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miketually said...

"The Olympics are not about how many medals are won, but taking part and pushing yourself to the limits and beyond, trying your best. A journey of self discovery. Coping with disappointments and bouncing back."

I liked Michael Johnson's comment on this, when he was asked if Bolt wasn't performing in line with the Olympic ideal by coasting the last bit of the 100m: "That's only for the people who aren't going to win".

I do agree with your sentiment though; sport is all about pushing your personal boundaries, not just getting medals or winning races.

There have been some brilliant performance this year from GB athletes who didn't get a medal position.

Shazane Reade in the womens' BMX, for example, who was safely in the sliver medal position but went all out for the win and ended up crashing out on the last bend.

Anonymous said...

Seems you were wrong about this whole article just found these comment which makes yours out to be nothing more than lies.

From www.simondarby.blogspot.com (deputy leader of the BNP)

'On my travels again today doing my best to avoid the bank holiday traffic, I've passed the time by listening to the Olympics on the radio. What a truly magnificent effort it has been by the British team to climb up to third in the medals table. To think that such a relatively small nation like ours can put others to shame and if you remove the incredible Michael Phelps from the American team we are not that far behind. I just hope that this spectacular effort helps secure more funding and proper facilities for young British sportsmen and sportswomen.'

Chris Close said...

I do not support the BNP but I do think that fake socialists like you have pushed the working class towards them.

What about Victoria House?

Ready to admit I was right?

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

I agree with the final sentence of anonymous' posting 'I just hope that this spectacular effort helps secure more funding and proper facilities for young British sportsmen and sportswomen.'

It would be great to have all weather artificial pitches for our young footballers with floodlights and full size indoor sports facilities, both of which Darlington does not have enough of. Also an Olympic sized swimming pool for the Tees Valley. There are 750,000 people in the Tees Valley and yet we don't have a full sized swimming pool. The nearest Olympic sized swimming pools are in Newcastle and Leeds. Although Sunderland are going to have one I think.

My big worry with the London Olympics is all the money for sports facilities will be concentrated in London. The budget has already been exceeded several times which leaves very little for the other regions.

Matty said...

I agree with Chris that Labour is pushing people towards the BNP.

I was a firm Labour supporter but now all i see is a party only interested in the power, the money and the champagne socialist lifestyle.

What would James Keir Hardie think of the Labour party today with all its millionaires,second homes and funding from Britians richest man Lakshmi Mittal?