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Conservative MP Aidan Burley, who was sacked as a ministerial aide for attending Nazi-themed stag party, rails against Danny Boyle's work on Twitter
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David Cameron will face pressure to remove the Tory whip from the Conservative MP Aidan Burley after he tweeted that the Olympics opening ceremony was "multicultural crap".

Burley, who was sacked as a ministerial aide last year after he took part in a Nazi-themed stag party in the French Alps, described Danny Boyle's work as "the most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen".

Downing Street sources moved quickly to distance themselves from Burley's tweets. "Clearly we don't agree," one source said.

The row erupted just after 10pm when Burley tweeted twice within a few minutes as the Olympic athletes started to enter the stadium after Boyle's staging.

In his first tweet Burley wrote: "The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen – more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?"

A minute later Burley tweeted: "Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multicultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!"

The tweets will be toxic for the prime minister who has been praised for his handling of the preparations of the Olympics. Burley's outburst will fuel suspicions that some members of the Conservative party have unreconstructed views which fail to recognise the pivotal contribution to society made by black and minority ethnic Britons. Boyle illustrated this with a section devoted to MV Empire Windrush, the ship which brought many passengers from Jamaica to start a new life in Britain.

John Woodcock, the shadow transport minister, highlighted the incredulity which greeted Burley's tweets. "don't think @aidanburley would say something so appalling after having to apologise for the Nazi stuff."

Burley's remarks sparked a Twitter storm. The footballer Stan Collymore tweeted: "I'll happily stand against you at the next election. You have no clue about our town or its people. Game on."

Tory loyalists distanced themselves from Burley. Charlie Elphicke, the Tory MP for Dover who is a Cameron loyalist, distanced the party from Burley. He tweeted: "An amazing #london2012 opening ceremony. Brilliant @DannyBoyleFilm celebration of our nation. Tonight we are #OneBritain."

Louise Mensch, the Tory MP, also tweeted: "Have said for a long time that the Olympics are going to be pure awesomeness. Well done Danny Boyle #TeamGB #London2012."

Gavin Barwell tweeted: "With respect, us Londoners are rather proud of the diversity of our city #nothingleftwingaboutit."

Burley was sacked as parliamentary private secretary to the transport secretary Justine Greening in 2011 after he attended a Nazi-themed stag party. The party involved Nazi salutes. One guest was filmed by the Mail on Sunday raising a toast to "the ideology of the Third Reich" at the La Fondue restaurant at the Val Thorens ski resort.

Burley then apologised. "There was clearly inappropriate behaviour by some of the other guests and I deeply regret that this happened. I am extremely sorry for any offence that will undoubtedly have been caused."

A Tory spokesman said at the time: "Aidan Burley has behaved in a manner which is offensive and foolish.

"That is why he is being removed from his post as parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Transport. In light of information received, the prime minister has asked for a fuller investigation into the matter to be set up and to report to him."

The latest tweets by Burley are likely to guarantee that the Oxford graduate, who had been marked out by Cameron for promotion after his election in 2010, will have no political future in a mainstream political party.

Burley is MP for the marginal seat of Cannock Chase and will be vulnerable to a Labour challenge if he retains the Conservative whip.

But the prime minister is either likely to remove the whip or gently suggest to Burley that he seeks another career. He will be furious that Burley has marred what has been seen in No 10 as a magical moment for Britain.

A Labour source said: "I think Mr Burley has made an idiot of himself enough without us commenting."

Late on Friday night Burley tried to row back on his message. He tweeted: "Seems my tweet has been misunderstood. I was talking about the way it was handled in the show, not multiculturalism itself."


http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2...?newsfeed=true


This made me lol, considering Aiden Burley's past antics.
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Ohhhhhh dear.
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hahaha Twitter's so funny h3h3
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It was multicultural crap. It was so fake and forced it was cringeworthy.
I agree, although i have no problems with multiculturalism.
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Britain looked more like Brazil,

If Serbia hosted the Olympics, would we see those sort of demographics.
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Who the **** cares? The people taking part in the ceremony were volunteers. Volunteers who are black, white and asian. Just like the people living in London.
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The whole ceremony was tacky... I wanted to see a "ceremony" , a display of strength.
Not a bloody history lesson..and the whole thing with that boy and girl using their phones?... wtf...
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It could be worse

A picture speaks a thousand words

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It could be worse

A picture speaks a thousand words

loled
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It was multicultural crap. It was so fake and forced it was cringeworthy.
Maybe it's just me, but when I was watching it, I didn't care to analyse the racial component of the participants.
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Choose your future.

When a South American country has a higher white population than a European one, you know you're in trouble




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Maybe it's just me, but when I was watching it, I didn't care to analyse the racial component of the participants.
Not the racial components of the participants but of the performance in general, the whole idea of "one Britain"
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Oh dear.
Looks like an unhappy little MP, who is still butthurt from losing his ministerial aid
position. Wants to throw all his toys out of the pram.

Gotta admit though, it was more like a history lesson. It lost it's celebration feel, when I saw people bouncing on NHS beds.
I guess it's all about the major transformation of Britain. But this is meant to be the Olympics, and not a dedicated history of Britain event.
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The social media thing was an abortion.
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I don't see why his view on this is so important. You can't seem to say anything about multiculturalism without the media having to tell the world about it and snarl in your direction lol.

I didn't watch it though. TV is is a load of crap.
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Britain looked more like Brazil,

If Serbia hosted the Olympics, would we see those sort of demographics.
If Serbia hosted the Olympics we'd presumably see some emaciated children being ethnically cleansed by men in balaclavas. Or something?

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Burley's outburst will fuel suspicions that some members of the Conservative party have unreconstructed views which fail to recognise the pivotal contribution to society made by black and minority ethnic Britons.
Well hang on a moment. They may be a generally good thing, or at least a neutral thing, but pivotal contribution? I think that requires something beyond being a basically normal citizen who also happens to have a different skin colour.
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I guess it's all about the major transformation of Britain. But this is meant to be the Olympics, and not a dedicated history of Britain event.
I guess the organisers thought that the opening ceremony is basically Britain's chance to 'show off' to the world and make a statement on how great this nation is. Our best shot was to go down the culture and history route since that's what tends to make Britain 'special'.

As for the multiculturalism issue, I don't really see a problem with it. After all, you're not going to please everybody - if the multiculturalism wasn't as stressed people would have complained and vice versa. I tried not to focus on any of that and enjoy the ceremony for what it was.
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Only a few days ago a Greek athlete was under heat for saying something controversial on twitter, surely people would have learned from that, and many other incidents before? No, no they clearly haven't.
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The racial make up, if that's what the MP is concerned about, is probably representative of London, rather than the UK, as one would expect.

What's so 'multicultural' about the industrial revolution and the NHS? Seems pretty British to me...
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(Original post by Xotol)
I guess the organisers thought that the opening ceremony is basically Britain's chance to 'show off' to the world and make a statement on how great this nation is. Our best shot was to go down the culture and history route since that's what tends to make Britain 'special'.

As for the multiculturalism issue, I don't really see a problem with it. After all, you're not going to please everybody - if the multiculturalism wasn't as stressed people would have complained and vice versa. I tried not to focus on any of that and enjoy the ceremony for what it was.
This.
I agree with your last point. There were some random moments but Bean was funny, and I was kind of impressed by the industrial revolution bit. Oh, and the FLAME IN THE CAULDRON. SO COOL.
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