Monday, July 30, 2012

Danny Boyle's Britain is being dismantled brick-by-brick



This piece of mine appears over at The Week/The First Post.

ON THE strength of Friday night's Olympic opening ceremony, I think it's fair to describe Danny Boyle as a 'progressive patriot'. The working-class son of a school dinner lady and a self-educated farm labourer, his patriotism is about pride in Britain's industrial achievements, its welfare state and its tolerance towards minorities.

But the sad truth is that the Britain Danny Boyle was celebrating in some of the most memorable scenes on Friday is either finished or very close to being finished.

You can read the whole article here.

1 comment:

Robin Carmody said...

Out of interest, Neil, if you dislike (as I do) the portrayal of British Muslims as inherently un-British - of being Muslim and being British as two separate and irreconcilable states which can never coincide - why do you write so often for the Daily Express, which frequently blurts such divisive and dangerous rhetoric all over its front page?