The Guardian (UK) reported that a Labour member of parliament, Paul Flynn said that the Olympic opening ceremonies were in fact left wing politics:
Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West, praised Danny Boyle for highlighting the NHS, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the futility of war.
“Wonderfully progressive socialist sentiments and ideas were smuggled into the opening romp,” he wrote during a weekend that saw Prime Minister David Cameron and Tory loyalists distance themselves from a tweet by Tory MP Aidan Burley, who called the event “leftie multicultural crap”.
The Labour MP said he echoed the sentiment of Labour colleague Carl Sargeant, minister for local government and communities in the Welsh assembly government, who had tweeted that the opening ceremony was “the best Labour party political broadcast I have seen in a while”.
***He went on: “Wonderfully progressive socialist sentiments and ideas were smuggled into the opening romp.
But a unifying event should be apolitical, with themes that unify not divide. Certainly not glorify the National Health Service! And I still question the cost: $42,000,000.00
Wouldn’t that help a lot of people? Perhaps Mr. Boyle fed his ego rather than do good. I would have spent a million or two, kept to standard British patriotic themes, maybe mixed in with a few unsung heroes of British history and stayed out of the National Health Service!