Or is it? That corrupt junket, Lord Coe’s appalling, expensive and wasteful vanity project, may have finally come to an end, sparing us the wall to wall coverage, but the “legacy” is to continue. Not that we want a “legacy”, but we are going to get one because the politicians; venal, corrupt and vainglorious little shits that they are, like to hang on the coat tails of such unpleasant events to make a name for themselves.
Not only that, the whole thing has reminded me of the behaviour of repressive regimes of the past – what with putting missiles on peoples’ roofs without their consent, the whole paramilitary anti-terror panic and over-reaction, the oppressive laws to protect the commercial interests of the few organisations that sponsored the dreadful event and the Zil Lanes, but lower down the food chain, we get people being arrested for apparently not looking as if they were enjoying themselves.
A man with Parkinson’s disease who was arrested during the Olympic men’s cycling road race while sitting beside the route has said he wants a “letter of exoneration” from Surrey police, claiming their treatment of him was disproportionate.
So what happened?
Mark Worsfold, 54, a former soldier and martial arts instructor, was arrested on 28 July for a breach of the peace shortly before the cyclists arrived in Redhouse Park, Leatherhead, where he had sat down on a wall to watch the race. Officers from Surrey police restrained and handcuffed him and took him to Reigate police station, saying his behaviour had “caused concern”.
A breach of the peace. Oh, well, that’s okay then. He must have been doing something pretty bad to need arresting for that.
“The man was positioned close to a small group of protesters and based on his manner, his state of dress and his proximity to the course, officers made an arrest to prevent a possible breach of the peace,” Surrey police said in a statement.
Ah, right. So… He wasn’t actually breaching the peace,then, was he? He might have in the opinion of the police officers concerned because of what he was wearing and his demeanor. What demeanour?
Worsfold, whose experience was first reported by Private Eye, claims police questioned him about his demeanour and why he had not been seen to be visibly enjoying the event.
What the fucking fuckittty fuck? Wasn’t appearing to enjoy himself? We are supposed to be wearing mandatory smiles unless we are deemed by the hard-of-thinking rozzers that we may breach the peace with our frowns, now? Bloody hell, my lack of smiling will cause a small riot at this rate.
When I attend the IOMTT every few years, we will gather at our chosen spot well in advance of the start of the race. Sometimes we will doze in the summer sun – yes, sometimes the sun shines on the Isle of Man. We don’t all sit around like a platoon of Cheshire cats. If the fuzz started arresting us for not smiling the jails would be overflowing.
Combine this appalling attitude with that of the idiot David Cameron – who thinks it is his business to dictate to us on everything from volunteering to being happy – now wanting to force children to play football.
Competitive team sports will be made compulsory for all primary school children in England, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
A draft new curriculum this autumn would require participation in sports such as football, hockey and netball.
It is untrue to say that I do not like football. I have for it a deep-rooted, lifelong visceral loathing in every fibre of my being. My sister has similar feelings about netball. Yet this facile unimaginative cretin of a man wants to force a new generation of children to endure the abject misery that we suffered because he wants to hang his hat on the Olympics “legacy”. This is about him and his selfishness, not about children. If he genuinely considered their needs, he wouldn’t be forcing this crap on them. He would close down the department of culture, media and sport and give us back the tax money stolen from us to pay for it. With that money parents could afford to indulge their children in the activities they wanted to practice – like, oh, I dunno, martial arts, cycling, archery and so on (not just because they are my chosen sports, mind).
Whenever this subject crops up, my BTL comments are invariably filled with people making the same points as me, remembering the same miseries. And, lets be fair, even those who enjoy sport cannot gain much satisfaction from trying to compete when others in the team don’t want to be there and are as disruptive as I was. Indeed, in the blogging world, only James has offered a contrary opinion on this one and he was very rapidly shouted down by those of us who do not want to see the latest generation suffer as we had suffered.
We get the usual cockwaffle about it being good for development:
Damian Hinds, Conservative MP for East Hampshire, said competitive sport taught children “the power of a team, pushing yourself, and learning that life involves losing some things as well as winning”.
If you want to be there, then yes, it can. If you don’t, it does none of these things. I learned nothing from two sessions of football every week. Nothing, that is, except a deep rooted hatred of the game and those who forced it upon me – and how to rebel. I am an individual who can, should the need arise, take part in a team and manage them. I did not get this from football. You do not need team games to do any of this. Nor did I need team games to teach me that I could lose at things, too. A few judo bouts taught me that well enough. But then, so did playing Monopoly.
Politicians are without exception, self-serving arseholes on the lookout to make a name for themselves. David Cameron and Boris Johnson have sunk to a new all time low this time with their Olympic “legacy” as they are willing to torture thousands of school children in their quest for infamy. A pox on all of them – now and forever more.