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All the signs suggest the event will show Britain as unable to compete with up-and-coming nations; celebrating nature and idiosyncrasies at the expense of the country’s industrial, scientific and artistic contributions to humanity; and looking wistfully towards the past, rather than being oriented to the future. With its opening ceremony, China showed it aspired to greatness - Britain’s aspiration seems to be the world’s greatest retirement home (complete with NHS nurses).

(Patrick Hayes. 2012. An Olympic-sized retirement home? Spiked online, 14 June)

andrealdn:

All the signs suggest the event will show Britain as unable to compete with up-and-coming nations; celebrating nature and idiosyncrasies at the expense of the country’s industrial, scientific and artistic contributions to humanity; and looking wistfully towards the past, rather than being oriented to the future. With its opening ceremony, China showed it aspired to greatness - Britain’s aspiration seems to be the world’s greatest retirement home (complete with NHS nurses).

(Patrick Hayes. 2012. An Olympic-sized retirement home? Spiked online, 14 June)

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