Wishful thinking on the Olympic clap-o-meter
Lots of activity on social networks tonight about current Chancellor & wannabe PM George Osborne getting booed before presenting a medal at the Paralympics, and ex Chancellor and ex PM Gordon Brown getting cheered.
Brilliant – sounds fantastic. Have a look at the videos and see what you think
Here’s George :
And here’s Gordon :
So what we’re seeing here, is (according to the twittersphere) George Osborne getting the most humiliating reception any politician anywhere has ever had. And Gordon Brown basking in the warm glow of the love that the nation has remembered that they have for him really and they want to have his babies.
Putting aside tribal loyalties though, Gordon’s applause is actually pretty much the polite Olympic/Paralympic cheer. Just about EVERYBODY gets one. If you want to know what a truly rapturous reception for a medal presenter (sorry flower presenter) is like, then the one that Sebastian Coe got before presenting Jessica Ennis’s Gold Medal bouquet took some beating (can’t find a decent Youtube video – guess you had to be there ! (I was !) )
Note that the guy who presents the flowers with Gordon Brown who no one has ever heard of, gets a cheer just as big as GB
Of course George Osborne did get booed. That in itself says something – no one else has been booed that I know of. But does it say much though ?
Booing the chancellor is a little bit like booing Mr Punch – it’s a tradition – you could almost hear the giggles coming from the crowd.
I remember hearing bingo callers saying “Number 10 – Maggie’s Den” – and everyone in the room shouted back “Not for long !”
A few years later it was “Number 10 – Tony’s Den” – and guess what the response from the crowd was ?
This seems a lot like that to me – sure he’s unpopular – but most of the people booing there were just having a giggle.
This wasn’t a big deal. Not at all.
I sort of wish it had been though.
Meanwhile here’s Jessica Ennis getting her medal – I must have been so close to where this was filmed from, it’s surprising I’m not in the video. One of the best nights of my life