Red Arrows "too British" for 2012 Olympics.

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  1. Not sure whether this has been done already, many appologies if it has.

    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 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 fly-past in 2005 when the winning bid was announced, but their fly-past at the Games was to have been truly spectacular.

    It is to be hoped that common sense prevails

    If you disagree with this decision, sign the petition on the link http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/?ref=redArrows2012 <http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/?ref=redArrows2012>
     
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  3. Another f*cking example of liberal PC bollox. No xmas trees because we don't to offend anyone else, can't sing Ba ba Black sheep, can't celebrate St George's day or fly the Country's flag...don't want to upset the minorities or be seen as not accomodating every creed and class, even it means forsaking and squashing our own identity and heritage!!

    :evil: :(
     
  4. What next will be too British? God save The Queen?
     
  5. They're probably a bit worried about practice bombs inadvertantly falling on the Iranian Teams heads! :D
     
  6. That was recently rejected on the grounds of not including other religions :roll:
     
  7. And it aint true:


    http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page13392.asp

    The Prime Minister's Office has responded early to a petition on its website declaring "untrue" rumours that the Red Arrows had been banned from the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

    The petition claimed that "The Department of Culture, Media and Sport have deemed the RAF Red Arrows as Unsuitable for the 2012 Olympics because they are too British," but the response to the petition, posted ahead of the closing date, makes clear that the Red Arrows have not been banned from the opening ceremony for 2012 and that no decision on the ceremony has actually been made.

    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.

    Speaking on the issue, Red Arrows spokesman Rachel Huxford said:

    "We have had no discussions about the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics whatsoever. We are still planning our 2008 season at this stage and that is a long way off.

    "We understand that no decision has yet been made about the ceremony. We performed when London won its Olympic bid in 2005 after we received a standard request from the Olympic organisers."