Well, there he was a couple of weeks ago with the arm raised in what was suspiciously like theHitlergruß and now the head in the sand Brits have had their two weeks of games. Therefore, a brief word on the closing ceremony. Well, there was a “we’ll never surrender’ Churchill once again “fighting them on the beaches”, and, of course, he never actually meant that he would be doing any of the fighting. No, and, all of a sudden I remember the joke my grandpa once told us, which went something like. “During the 1926 General Strike, Churchill and his other half were indulging in a bit of bonking, when she suddenly asks; “Winston, do the miners do this?” Winston then said, “I think so dear”, to which she replied, “well it should be stopped, it is too good for them.” Of course, that is not to say that something wasn’t needed to stop the mad Adolf, but then I am sure that old ‘Blighty’ would have come up with something anyway and not the guy who gave Bomber Harris the green light to bomb civilians.
Anyway, there we were in the midst of a frenzy of flag waving and an almost equivalent of the German “Wir sind wieder wer” (we are someone again). Although, the British never really needed there “Wunder von Bern”, after all they have never really doubted their own importance. Therefore, back to the jingoism pure and all of a sudden we have John Lennon singing, “imagine there’s no countries, it’s easy if you try” and imagining is just about the last thing the head in the sand, proud to be British, Brits were about to do.
Still, let us be fair, John Lennon was never Paul McCartney and his appearance …… well, it was a video, wasn’t it? We can be fairly certain that with the Stones, Bowie, and one or two others, declining, for reasons best known to them, to take part in the closing ceremony, our “working class hero”, had he really been around, would have told them where stick their flags.