Red Arrows To british for the opening ceremony of Olympics

Just had this e-mailed to me. Political correctness gone mad.

I trust this will be of interest to you all.
The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012 London Olympics because they are deemed "too British".
Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be "offensive" to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team have performed at more than 4000 events worldwide, but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have deemed the display team "too militaristically British". Red Arrows pilots were said to be "outraged", as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for the Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed from a British-based event for being "too British" is an insult - the Arrows are a symbol of Britain
The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas trade, as they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the world.
The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when the winning bid was announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been truly spectacular.
It is to be hoped that common sense prevails
If you disagree with this decision, please sign the petition on the link below:
Please do forward this on to everyone you can.

John Bennett
656 Sqn Assn

Not this bollox AGAIN?!

The story is crap. Can't be bothered to dig them out but there are numerous threads on this, all disproving it.
This quote from the Government on the ePetition website does seem to suggest that the decision has yet to be taken, but that their role in the celebrations of London winning the games may have some significance on that decision. It would be criminal for them not to be chosen!

Some Governmental Spin Muppet said:
This allegation is not true. The Government has not banned the Red Arrows from the London 2012 Olympic Games. The organising committee of London 2012 will decide what to include in the Opening Ceremony and other celebrations - but with almost five years to go, decisions are yet to be made on what these will look like.

And of course the Red Arrows played a memorable role in the celebrations for 2012, when they flew over Trafalgar Square to mark London winning the Games.
For my money, and I mean the money these games will cost me, Stratford in east London is too British for them, so why don't they f*ck off somewhere else?!
It's another hoax.

Have a look at the RAF website and read all about it.

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