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and pulling a smug face about it
Meanwhile Gordon Brown was being cheered and adored like a returning hero at a different Paralympic venue
Makes me smile so much
but I like the fact that Osbourne clearly initially think it's just a pantomime villain booing thing 'cos he's an Tory MP then his face gradually falls as he realises how genuine the contempt is...
Kinda gives me hope that this country isn't as full of apathetic, slack-jawed drones as I thought it was.
I'd have insisted on being paired with Jim Davidson for the medal presentation, just to take some of the heat off.
a beautiful moment in life
and we couldnt quite belive it started and spread so easily, it was an unexpected highlight of the evening, loved it. Was also really impressed that it was already on youtube before we even left the stadium.
Q. Why did 80,000 people boo George Osborne at the Olympic Stadium last night?
A. Because the Olympic Stadium only holds 80,000 people.
Not disrespectful to Osborne (that doesn't matter), but to the occassion.
It was not the place to make cheap political points, by those that were there in person, or by the all the lefties on twitter who have got a little erections and frothing about how brilliant it all is.
Those paralympians who were being awarded medals (and none of whom were from Team GB) probably had no idea who Osborne is, and were probably quite confused when the whole stadium booing moments before they were about to be rewarded for their immense efforts.
Personally, I think Osborne is partly to blame for acceprting the invitation in the first place, but those who are celbrating the booing should be ashamed. The event was about sport, Paralympians and, if you want to be cheesy, overcoming adversity. It was not about being disrespectful to the athletes, who should have had the stadiums full attention.
I think you're also doing a disservice to the athletes. They'll have been told beforehand who's presenting the medals and are going to know it's a member of government and hence that's who the booing is for. The stadium cheered for the athletes so I doubt any harm at all was done.
Very good try though.
as this when Smith and Carlos did black power salutes at the 1968 games.
I'm sure anyone with a conscience, athlete or not, can appreciate the importance of making your voice heard when you have been given an opportunity.
You could argue what the Tories are doing is much less deliberate but ultimately it's removing the bastion of support that allowed them to participate in society on an equal footing.
I know it's fun to make jokes about Tories being ludicrously out of touch but you'd think that, really, someone like Osbourne or his aides would have the self awareness to realise that heading into an event like this was likely to have something of a negative reaction. Obviously no one would predict 80,000 people booing in unison but it was still George wandering into the heart of thousands of people directly and negatively affected by his governments cuts.
well done, my argument lies in tatters. That was DEFINITELY THE POINT I WAS MAKING.
I don't really have a problem to the reaction he got, more the reaction to the reaction. That this seems to have got more attention than a lot of people would give the actual sport is disappointing (I think it's the only individual Paralympic occurance which has been deemed worthy of its own thread for example)
^ I guess this is a better way of arguing the point I was trying to make.
knew about it or reacted to it!
There's a time and a place for indie elitism- this isn't the 3rd Kings of Leon album we're talking about, it's a statement made stronger by people discussing it. I appreciate you're being reactionary, but the point probably needs addressing.
However ff this raises awareness about the pretty disgusting treatments and policy decisions towards people with a disability in this country then it's far more important.
Looked like a political occurrence to me.
Yeah, it was at the paralympics, but Gideon Osbourn isn't a paralympian. He had no direct reason for being there, other than seeing it as a political PR opportunity.
Plus, it's really patronising to suggest that the paralympics is such a fragile and needy event that any deviation from general fawning over the core activity and it's participants would become a threat to the event itself. It's the second biggest sporting event in the world, ffs. A wee spot of protesting is pretty much par for the course for something of this scale.
I don't think it is but then I'm mainly just thinking about the cobra clutch at the moment so maybe I'm not to be trusted.
(And prestige is unmeasurable.)
My thoughts on it are largely based on having spoken to a few people this morning who were there last night and whose main recollections on the evening seemed to be 'it was amazing, everyone booed George' without barely being able to recollect anything else they saw.
That's the bit that I find quite sad and a little bit of a shame, that these people went to an amazing sporting event and yet by far and away this seemed to be the highlight of the evening.
Unpopular politician getting booed by crowd - I can fully understand why this can be seen as quite a heartening and positive thing but it does seem as though some people are going OOT and reacting as if this is some amazing moment of great political defiance.
And the people who were booing are sure to take heed of your comment that they weren't defiant enough for their point to be worthwhile. They know now that nothing short of a full scale riot is appropriate if you want to make a point.
and I do think that if you've bought tickets to an event you should probably be able to remember something about it the next day.
I'd accept that it was cheap political point scoring but this sounds like it was the vast majority of the crowd, a crowd made up of ordinary regular people who are genuinely angry that George and the government he is a leader of are ruining their lives and the lives of disabled people across country. It seemed like a very real very contempt filled spontaneous outburst from tens of thousands of angry people.
as was the other dignitary at the ceremony.
Osborne turned the occassion into a political act by deciding to be there. He was there to try and cash in on the goodwill generated by the paralympic games and mis-judged the mood of everyone there who a)don't agree with his government's policies and b)don't appreciate occassions like this being used for political gain.
There seem to be a lot of mifflers out there claiming that this shows disrespect to the athletes. Funnily enough they all seem to be supporters of the political party who have done more to try and remove the dignity of disabled people than any other in recent history.
He presumably got a ticket to the event, and presumably thought that his appearance would increase the chances of him retaining his job.
They're not stupid.
It's pretty obvious that GayGuevara is donning his troll's hat and having a good laugh at everyone's expense here.
Although the guy is obviously a toffee-munching Cameron-ite, I'm amzazed y'all fall for his wind-ups so easily :P
like Sgt Slaughter or whether it really gets to him. Hmmm interesting
would have been a good move.
so we'll blame her terrible education policies for that.
as his name, tbh.
which will make sense if you click on my profile.
to people realising they can't spell.
Was a big fan of >George Osbourne< trending on twitter last night.
is more important to mention than a high profile government minister being booed and jeered by 80,000 people at the heart of a global television event?
Which says something about how little people care for her.
what's your point chap?
when it's an atypical spelling, then it's a little perverse to take glee in it momentarily happening amongst a few users on Twitter, especially if you use it as an excuse to stick your fingers in your ears and pretend that the event it's referring to doesn't really mean anything.
Don't get me wrong. Think it means something, but was overplayed...
than that at an evening session of the Paralympics?
Literally couldn't think of a venue where the booing would have more resonance. Probably not a single dreadlock or fire poi in the entire stadium
if there were any fire pois I hope they review the security procedures
But this government seems hell-bent on stopping any kind of turnaround.
I call Barack Obama, Barry, but that's different.
(It's about boooooo)
call out the spell of Osbourne's name, and arguing the toss around anything other than the reason 80,000 people would boo Gideon during a paralympic medal ceremony in the first place.
It wasn't pantomime or play time, people really *hate* the Tories again and they hate what the Tories are doing to vulnerable people across the country today.
Not a big fan of booing in general, often stinks of herd mentality.
However, I am a bit confused as to why Osborne attended in the first place. I think it would be out of order to boo the Prime Minister at an event like this as, like it or lump it, he is the leader of the country and would have a legitimate reason to be handing out medals- Chancellor im not too sure.
Bit embarassed over the masturbation going on over this though...
A lot of people, myself included, would desperately like to see these people not in office. Any sign that there is wide spread dissent towards them is pretty pleasing. I also cracked one off at the latest YouGov polling figures.
Obviously your opinion is sacrosanct and we should re-elect the Government weekly via YouGov opinion polls.
All I'm saying is that when Gordon Brown and Blair were PM, despite me not agreeing with them politically, I would gladly applaud them (if necessary) or stay Schtum.
Not sure how that really fits in with the whole democracy part of your argument.
and let us take your financial support and hand it over to our rich pals in the form of tax relief when the succeed and bailouts when they can't run their own businesses properly.
and not looking like a prize chump.
My main point was politicians should stay out of these sort of events.
If I was a paralympian, would much rather receive a medal from Joanna lumley.
They're pointing out the nonsense of you doing a little cry about the poor ol' paralympywimpys which you're /definitely/ really really genuinely concerned about.
as someone who is disabled I get really quite offended by people doing that actually...
And in that respect, it would be pretty difficult to say no to.
shouldn't be politicised and have used this toi criticise the people booing him. So maybe he should have used that line as his rational not to attend.
Thanks for reminding me about my unironed shirts that I need to do tonight.
part of political dialogue. Labour will be taking note of the reaction and it will give them ideas with which to form policy in order to get out vote. This is just one of the many ways in which political parties find out what people want.
Perhaps some of the people booing voted Conservative and were expressing displeasure about their record in office.
Nice to know that you thought the reaction to that was a bit embarrassing too.
The fucking idiots.
I don't actually mean it.
It was more a swipe at the middle England middle ages middle income WI activists who read The Daily Mail.
would you have preferred them to jeer him?
not that there were secret tories, but definitley a surprisingly deferential attitude and misplaced respect.
and I've said it before, but, there are /loads/ more blueys on here than is often claimed whenever DiS is classed as being overwhelmingly Lefty.
were Tories who have been taking notes from Fox News
and I thought the general public were a clan of anonymous troglodytes
but then they probably often have high ranking politicians to give out medals at all Paralympics. He couldn't exactly turn down the invite, if that got out then he would be seen as an even bigger hater of disabled people than he already is.
Might have been a deliberate Machiavellian act.
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
On Sunday they had (from memory)
Stella Creasy (MP for Walthamstow)
Jim Fitzpatrick (MP for Poplar and Limehouse)
Cheryl Gillan (Secretary of State for Wales until today)
plus the Duchess of Cambridge
Of those, Tessa Jowell got a mutely mixed reaction and Kate Middleton's clearly very popular. Other than that, everyone got the same ripple of applause, presumably because few actually know anything much about them.
The only other person I've see get roundly booed at a medal ceremony this summer was Sep Blatter - stupidly he decided to turn up to the Women's football final rather than the Men's.
and some face saving measures were put in place after the booing at the Women's game
To be fair, I doubt many people know about Blatter's pronouncements about Women's football. The man's got no right to be near the female game in my view though.
still see her as one of the many symbols of everything Labour. To be fair, if any politician has a right to be there, it's her... given that she was instigator of the bid within government and saw it through till May 2010.
got a lot of time for her.
They should have popped up a little notice on the screen.
and osborne is just looking around and some little old lady walk over to him with a piece of paper and hands it to him. he unfolds it and sees that it says "everyone here thinks you're a dick" he reads it while the stadium is silent then looks round to just find everyone looking at him and nodding. then the announcer guy just carries on where he left off.
In the current political climate, the paralympics have taken on a political edge, rightly or wrongly.
but how fucking awesome do those sprinter leg blades look? Please excuse the insensitivity of saying this, but my lower legs have been a bit of disappointment since I saw those guys.
Not sure why the significance of this is being overstated... but then again, a few things about these Olympics/Paralympics have been overstated as `GREAT TRIUMPHS OF THE POLITICAL LEFT` so maybe I shouldn't be so surprised.
The guy's a prize plum for agreeing to do it. But then again politicians have never really been known for their self-awareness...
but I think its more significant that it was such a large proportion of the crowd and that they felt so comfortable at such a big mainstream event to voice their displeasure.
The smirking just made him look like a stupid little boy whose been caught stealing sweets. Lucky for him the election is a long way off because ridicule is so much worse to a politicians chances than almost anything else.
...but, sure, I understand the power and use of video and context etc.
Think it's a bit strange to criticise his reaction though. I mean if we separate Osborne (sic) the human being from Osborne (sic) the evil Tory how the fuck else was he supposed to react? The only thing he can do is laugh it off, and that's what he did. What else was he supposed to do? Pretend to cry? He looks like a stupid little boy most of the time - this time was no different.
and tried looking dignified
he's probably plotting some revenge for the next budget already
How on earth can you look dignified when an entire stadium is booing you?! Come on, give Osborne (sic) the human being a little credit here... politicians are people too.
But, yeah, would be interesting if an extra tax was lobbed on all ticketed stadium events in the next budget!
this is why we don't have an empire anymore, way back when we had a ruling class that couldn't give two sniffs about what the public think and now all they can produce are smirking weasels like this doofus.
I'm gonna duck out of this thread now.
I felt really sorry for the lad when I saw his second reaction...
die by the sword.
Just quite amazing how much his stock has plummeted since entering government. Incredible scenes
Sorry. I had to get that out of my system.
but i quite enjoyed seeing a man i don't know embarassed in front of thousands of people
George Osborne - your go to man when you need someone stupid with a public school education
though hopefully it does have REAL relevance in terms of the public's attitude towards him