“..what came through clearly was the pride we have in the diversity of our country – both in our different nations and in the multiplicity of the people who call themselves British and name Britain their home.”
“These Olympics have not so much celebrated the Olympic movement, or Britain, or buildings, but pure competitive endeavour, which is what it should all be about.”
“Frankly, I doubt that they [the customer] would have behaved like that had the waiter been white. So we butted in and suggested they be more polite.
Speaking to the waiter afterwards, he said that although he was born and bred in Britain, worked hard in Britain and contributed to Britain, the way some people treated him made him doubt whether everyone accepted that fact. He was making a subtle point and we all knew what he meant.
How sad that should still be the case. We should take Danny Boyle’s idyll as an injunction as much as a pat on the back.”