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Virtuous Citizens

  • August 19, 2012
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Flushed with Team GB’s stunning performance and the success of the Olympic Games,   Britain’s politicians are seeking to turn the feelgood factor to their advantage and incorporate the Games into their respective political narratives.

First it was Cameron, for whom the Games symbolized ‘ not a country whose time has been but whose time has...

Jonathan Freedland’s Olympic Kumbaya

  • July 28, 2012
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For some time now Jonathan Freedland has been  The Guardian‘s state-of-the-nation zeitgeist guy, with a trusted ability to churn out fluffy sentimental prose on national occasions, from which analysis and meaning are generally absent.

Yesterday he outdid himself with nearly three pages of stunning claptrap on the Olympic Games, culminating in these startlingly idiotic observations:

Seven years...

Let the Games Begin: London’s Dystopian Olympics

  • May 03, 2012
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My latest piece for Ceasefire magazine:

More than any other sporting spectacle, the Olympic Games have a recurring tendency to mirror the political dramas and expectations of the societies in which they take place and of the wider world.

Hitler”s attempts to racialise the 1936 Olympics and their subsequent incorporation into Leni Reifenstahl”s combination of fascist aesthetics...

The Coalition’s brave new Britain

  • March 05, 2012
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On 13 April 2010, David Cameron launched the Tory manifesto with a promise to promote ‘people power’ and ‘change Britain for the better’.    Cameron promised that the Conservatives would ‘ make things better without spending more money‘ and announced radical plans to ‘help the poorest, protect the NHS, help people find work...

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