The Olympics are coming, and so far have failed to ignite British public imagination, what with the inability of the public to get hold of any of the return tickets, and deep concern that hordes of lost flabby tourists who can’t speak the native London dialect of Urdu will clutter up the traffic and tube looking for directions and make getting across town a nightmare for everyone.
Even the Police are hacked off, what with Police leave cancelled across the entire country, so that the Metropolitan Police can be beefed up with provincial heavies. Except, that as it’s in the school holidays all these guys are having the family breaks disrupted. Result -unhappy plod country wide.
No one is that happy actually.
Order Order, a waspish vinegar tongued British blog site dedicated to giving the insiders of British politics a good going over, has let another cat out of the bag. It seems that so desperate are the Olympic authorities to control the image of their earth shattering event that they are seeking to control the on-line gushings of the accredited blogger who gains admittance to inside track of the sacred turf. The following instructions were issued.
“…any such postings, blogs or tweets must be in a first-person, diary-type format and should not be in the role of a journalist – i.e. they must not report on competition or comment on the activities of other participants or accredited persons, or disclose any information which is confidential or private in relation to any other person or organisation. A tweet is regarded in this respect as a short blog and the same guidelines are in effect, again, in first-person, diary-type format.
Postings, blogs and tweets should at all times conform to the Olympic spirit and fundamental principles of Olympism as contained in the Olympic Charter, be dignified and in good taste, and not contain vulgar or obscene words or images.”
Dignified? Dignified from the people who brought you Carpet Bowls? Dignified synchronised swimming and Beach volleyball (great fun sure but dignified?). Olympic principals? The same principles that shows the Olympics at every outing to be riddled with drug taking athletes, betting scandals, and bribery charges against the IOC itself perhaps? Anyone else remember Salt Lake City 1998, or just the other year the banning of women from ski jumping at Vancouver 2010 on the grounds that they are erm…women.
Copyright David Macadam 2012