Red Arrows Perform Olympic Flypasts Across UK

The RAF Red Arrows are performing formation flypasts across the UK to mark the start of the London 2012 Olympic games.  Starting in Edinburgh at 12.23pm, Belfast was the second stop at 1.01pm, followed by Cardiff at 4.21pm with the Olympic stadium in London scheduled for 8.12pm.  The BBC video from Belfast is not embeddable, but here is some eyewitness video from Belfast.

And another one

[Loving the red, white and blue smoke trails over City Hall – Ed]  Don’t tell Máirtín…

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  • Toastedpuffin

    Very impressive. There was another jet with them, anyone see what it was?

  • tyrone_taggart

    “Red Arrows Perform Olympic Flypasts Across UK”

    Who is paying for it?

  • Toastedpuffin

    I paid for it TT. No need to thank me, the pleasure is mine.

  • tyrone_taggart

    Toastedpuffin

    “I paid for it TT.”

    Good man. Could you give the rest of the RAF a dig out?

  • Toastedpuffin

    No, that’s me done I’m afraid. But it was worth it.

  • Mister_Joe

    .. There was another jet with them..

    Don’t be gulled.

  • Toastedpuffin

    No, it was definitely a plane.

  • Mister_Joe

    Who is paying for it?

    Good question. The Government, or us, as Toastedpuffin points out, should not be wasting money on things that make people happy or content. No more public art, no more grants to museums or arts groups etc. It’s totally ridiculous. Give the money saved to the military for foreign expeditions.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    missed it today – awesome videos – thanks

  • arsetopple

    I had just gone back into the house as it had started to rain. They went right over the house & I ran back out to see the con trails disappearing. Great stuff with the noise etc stopped my cats fighting each other for the rest of the afternoon.

    TT stop being such a killjoy go to the Red Arrows website & request your own fly past if you are having a barby or some other event.

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/

    Would highly recommend the Farnborough air show as great day out. If you get bored they sometimes let you play with WMDs.

  • Tomas Gorman

    Kerb painting on a grander scale.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    ‘Kerb painting on a grander scale.’

    mopery on the usual scale 😉

  • Mister_Joe

    The Canadian Red Arrows did an exhibition over my town about 10 years ago. Amazing. I was on the beach and an American tourist asked me if it happened often. I said, yes, every Wednesday in the summer. Never saw him again so don’t know if he came back.

  • keano10

    It’s a kind of formation team for failed fighter pilots, is’nt it…?

  • Mister_Joe

    No keano. It’s for the most skilled pilots. Now, go with the flow. Enjoy.

  • Tomas Gorman

    TFBTFO

    Not mopery….Just calling a spade a spade.

  • Pete Baker

    Tomas

    They’re marking, across the UK, the Olympic opening ceremony in London.

    What do you expect them to do to ease your particular nationalistic sensitivities?

    Not include Belfast with Edinburgh, Cardiff and London?

    Perhaps you’d like a special green, white and orange fly-past instead…

  • Mister_Joe

    Raining on the parade?

  • tyrone_taggart

    Pete Baker

    “They’re marking, across the UK, the Olympic opening ceremony in London.”

    Welcome to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the staging ground for the coming police state.

    Under cover of the glitz and glamour of these time-honored Games, a chilling military operation is underway, masterminded by a merger of the corporate, military and security industrial complexes and staffed by more than 40,000 civilian police, British military and security personnel, as well as FBI, CIA, and TSA agents, and private security contractors. Appropriately enough, this year’s Olympic mascot, Wenlock—a strange, futuristic blob with an all-seeing eye to “record everything” in the games—is being sold in Olympic stores dressed in a policeman’s uniform. “As a metaphor for the London Olympics, it could hardly be more stark,” writes Stephen Graham for the Guardian. “For £10.25 you, too, can own the ultimate symbol of the Games: a member of by far the biggest and most expensive security operation in recent British history packaged as tourist commodity.”

    Read more: http://njtoday.net/2012/07/27/opinion-london-2012-olympics-the-staging-ground-for-the-coming-police-state/#ixzz21rcMKJA6
    Tell everyone to get New Jersey News from http://WWW.NJTODAY.NET

  • Mister_Joe

    tt,

    You can probably get a prescription for that.

  • Pete Baker

    “Raining on the parade?”

    A bit of a premature ejaculation there, Joe.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Aye, sure we’ll go and and watch some bog diving in Tyrone instead lol.

    Biggest cheer of the night for Team Ireland so far.

    Never realised there were so many countries in the world lol… Hong kong has it’s own olympic team – this is an education!

  • tyrone_taggart

    Mister_Joe

    Militarism has been to the fore in the run up to the event and in that regard the flight of military aircraft is appropriate.

  • Tomas Gorman

    Pete,

    The RAF are doing exactly what I expect them to do, expressing their own nationalist tendencies. Do I want a green white and orange flyby? No. I’d rather the RAF didn’t have jurisdiction to do a flyover in Belfast, nor Cardiff or Edinburgh for that matter.

  • Mister_Joe

    ..expressing their own nationalist tendencies..

    Now, which nation would that be?

  • Mister_Joe

    FFS, we’re all connected.

  • Pete Baker

    Tomas

    “I’d rather the RAF didn’t have jurisdiction to do a flyover in Belfast, nor Cardiff or Edinburgh for that matter.”

    Until then…

    They’re marking, across the UK, the Olympic opening ceremony in London.

    Enjoy it, ignore it, whatever…

  • Rapunsell

    Tyrone. But you’re a militarist too ? No? Retail as opposed to wholesale perhaps . Tomas. What business is it of yours if the people of Wales & Scotland want to be in the jurisdiction of the raf? ( lazy assumption perhaps that you’re here ) and if Ireland can be defined by its island status how do you define the jurisdictions of edinburgh and cardiff

  • Mister_Joe

    My extended family all consider themselves to be Irish, apart from my English nieces and nephews. Family research shows that of my great grandparents, six were Irish (?), one was Scottish and one was Welsh.

  • Tomas Gorman

    Joe,

    The nation of the UK of GB and NI. One which I do not want to be a part of under the current arrangements and structures.

    Pete,

    “Enjoy it, ignore it, whatever…”

    I’ll utilise my freedom of expression as and when I see fit thanks.

  • tyrone_taggart

    Rapunsell (profile)

    “Tyrone. But you’re a militarist too ? ”

    Nope.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Everyone has an opinion and a right to express it. Now back to the TV, GB and NI are on their way 🙂

  • Tomas Gorman

    Rapunsell,

    Having an opinion on another nation needs some sort of citizenship criteria?

    My opinions on the Irish nation as well as the nations on GB are not bound by geography.

  • Pete Baker

    Tomas

    “I’ll utilise my freedom of expression as and when I see fit thanks.”

    Indeed. But some clarity on what, exactly, you’re complaining about might help.

    Is it that the UK still includes Northern Ireland?

  • Mister_Joe

    nation of the UK of GB and NI

    the nations on GB

    You seem to be mightily confused, Tomas.

  • Pete Baker

    “We could be heroes!”

  • Mister_Joe

    Is that the same as “I coulda been a contender”?

  • Pete Baker

    No Joe, it’s a comment on the live coverage of the opening ceremony.

  • Mister_Joe

    I must confess that I wasn’t terribly impressed with the opening ceremony and went back to watching the Canadian Open golf after about 45 minutes.

  • Toastedpuffin

    There were a few bits that verged on awful (Mr Bean??? WTF????), but most of the opening ceremony was really wonderful, some of it breathktakingly beautiful. Grand job.

  • Rory Carr

    Why call it a “flypast” when it is more correctly a flyover ? The ‘planes fly over City Hall not past it. (Good bloody job too you might well think).

    I suppose old GBS had it right – they just can’t speak the language properly.

  • BluesJazz

    The RAF were slightly off kilter going over Arthur street rather than Royal Avenue. But good to see. I doubt if anyone took offense at the red, white and blue smoke from the jets. SF are fully signed up to the British Armed Forces being the only legitimate military here. I dare say they and their supporters enjoyed the spectacle.
    As for the opening ceremony in our capital , B plus.

  • BluesJazz

    Actually Rory, our Air Force flew ‘past’ it. Thankfully they were not on a bombing run.

  • Tomas Gorman

    “Indeed. But some clarity on what, exactly, you’re complaining about might help.
    Is it that the UK still includes Northern Ireland?”

    Well quite Peter. Moreover, acts like this serve to passive aggresively rub the nose in it so to speak.

  • sonofstrongbow

    Not so much an event to “rub the nose in it” rather it provided a metaphorical sonic boom that shattered the Nationalists’ self delusion that they do not live in Northern Ireland; if it helps that’s the place name-checked in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

  • Rory Carr

    Perhaps the reason that your air force were not on a bombing run this time was that they didn’t consider there were enough innocent civilians present to warrant the expenditure.

    “Ho-hum back to Afghanistan, we might find a decent wedding party or two.”

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Ah Rory, relax laddie. Embrace the Olympics – everyone else is 🙂
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19025686

  • PeterBrown

    Ah of course Rory republicans would never engage in all out attacks (deliberately in their case rather than accidentally in the case of the RAF) on innocent civilians?
    Is that a beam in your eye by any chance?

  • tyrone_taggart

    PeterBrown
    “rather than accidentally in the case of the RAF”

    “In 1941 Charles Portal of the British Air Staff advocated that entire cities and towns should be bombed. Portal claimed that this would quickly bring about the collapse of civilian morale in Germany. Air Marshall Arthur Harris agreed and when he became head of RAF Bomber Command in February 1942, he introduced a policy of area bombing (known in Germany as terror bombing) where entire cities and towns were targeted.”
    http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWdresden.htm

  • HeinzGuderian

    ‘They reaped the wind……now they will sow the whirlwind’

    A bit like our nat/rep wannabe soldiers,you might say 😉

  • Gingray

    To be honest it was a bit pants in the end. I was lucky enough to be at the top of royal avenue, and despite getting soaked (and not seeing any offence in the colours), got to see the whole thing. Walking down royal avenue however, I passed hundreds who stood in the rain and hadn’t realised the planes had been and gone. The UTV camera in city hall had even faced the wrong way. A flyover of city hall should be just that

  • tyrone_taggart

    “They reaped the wind……now they will sow the whirlwind’

    In 1945, Arthur Harris decided to create a firestorm in the medieval city of Dresden. He considered it a good target as it had not been attacked during the war and was virtually undefended by anti-aircraft guns. The population of the city was now far greater than the normal 650,000 due to the large numbers of refugees fleeing from the advancing Red Army.

    On the 13th February 1945, 773 Avro Lancasters bombed Dresden. During the next two days the USAAF sent over 527 heavy bombers to follow up the RAF attack. Dresden was nearly totally destroyed. As a result of the firestorm it was afterwards impossible to count the number of victims. Recent research suggest that 35,000 were killed but some German sources have argued that it was over 100,000.

    http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWdresden.htm

  • Greenflag

    @ tyrone taggart,

    Your point being ?

    Its 2012 -Olympics and all that . Athletes from 180 plus countries around the world -celebrating etc.

    Dresden has been rebuilt
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dresden

    And has been ‘twinned’with Coventry since 1959 . There may be some people in Coventry who might be able to remember the Luftwaffe ‘experience ‘ in WW2.

    Move along now and enjoy the Olympics like the rest of the world 😉 ?

  • BIGK

    Your point being ?

    I may be wrong but I think he is trying to say the Red Arrows or any other military display is not welcome in Ireland,especially by an airforce with a dispicable history of wanton murder such as the RAF. The fact that the Olympics are started does not erase that fact.

  • ArdoyneUnionist

    Seems the Red Arrows are smoking out lots of republican ire and MOPE’ry.

    And the Gold medal for MOPE’ry goes to republican posters on Slugger

    The republicans MOPE’ry motto:

    Offended by Everything Embarrassed by Nothing.

  • Greenflag

    @@BIGK,

    ‘I may be wrong’

    You are . Let TT answer for himself .He’s more than capable. The RAF saved your parents/grandparents from having to work in slave labour camps under Nazi rule . They may even have enabled your actual existence . Yes Dresden was a horrific wanton slaughter -so was London -Coventry -Manchester -Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Nanking etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc oh and lest I forget so too was Omagh even if the numbers were in two digits 🙁

  • tyrone_taggart

    Greenflag

    Let TT answer

    In this thread I have raised 2 issues and responded to a commentator.

    Issue 1:

    Who/which budget is funding all the military costs of the Olympics?

    Issue 2:

    The high visibility of the British military in both the run up and during the event is frankly disturbing. Remember this is GB selling itself to the world.

    Response:

    I responded to someone who was of the view that the RAF only attacked military targets.

  • gendjinn

    I don’t see what all the fuss is. If the British military wants to fly the French Tricolor over their major cities it’s really none of our business.

    Although it does make me wonder why Cameron is sucking up to them, is he thinking that he’ll need France to bail him out soon?

  • The Lodger

    Tyrone Taggart has managed to find something offensive about the Olympic Games.

    Quelle Surprise.

    I wonder if his ancestors were cheering on the Luftwaffe, as they bombed Belfast in 41, along with the other Irish republicans.

  • Mister_Joe

    glendjinn,

    Great way to be not offended. Highly recommended for the naysayers and party poopers.

  • Mister_Joe

    The Lodger,

    What a serial moaner you are. I guess you don’t know about the republican firemen from Dublin coming to help.

  • The Lodger

    Mr Joe,

    It’s interesting that Taggart can come here and moan about the Olympics, by citing the bombing of Dresden no less, but you see fit to call me a serial moaner for pulling him on it.

    Priceless.

  • Mister_Joe

    The Olympics are wonderful. Whataboutery, especially the imagined kind, past and future, that you are so fond of, is just plain ugly.

  • tyrone_taggart

    The Lodger

    “Tyrone Taggart has managed to find something offensive about the Olympic Games.”

    Where did I say I was offended?

    Boris Johnson made the German news as mayor was a bit eccentric/daft/funny. I don’t think it is to important.

    How do you think countries that do hot particularly like the UK play the images of military personal prominent before and during the games?

  • tyrone_taggart

    The Lodger

    “It’s interesting that Taggart can come here and moan about the Olympics, by citing the bombing of Dresden no less”

    That was when someone said the RAF only targeted military targets.

    How many countries coming to this event would from there point of view had a bad experience of the British military?

  • The Lodger

    “The Olympics are wonderful. Whataboutery, especially the imagined kind, past and future, that you are so fond of, is just plain ugly.”

    Mr Joe,

    Whatabout Dresden for instance? Or is it perfectly acceptable in the rules in your mind?

  • The Lodger

    “How many countries coming to this event would from there point of view had a bad experience of the British military?”

    Taggart,

    There is only one that has maintained an ongoing hatred of the British military and even that hatred is only maintained by a minority of sectarian idiots in that country.

    We don’t hear the Germans or the Japanese complaining about the Red Arrows, or finding the presence of the British military on their own soil ‘disturbing’. We have to travel all the way to the dreary steeples of Tyrone to hear that moronic message.

  • tyrone_taggart

    “We don’t hear the Germans or the Japanese complaining about the Red Arrows”

    How often do you watch the tv/radio of other countries?

  • The Lodger

    Tagart,

    Do you have a link to the Germans and Japanese complaining about the Red Arrows performace at the Olympics? If so it might be useful for you to post it up.

    Alternatively you might want to consider putting the shovel down and making yourself a cup of tea.

  • Tomas Gorman

    The people of Germany and Japan don’t have an ongoing sovereignty dispute with the UK Lodger.

  • sonofstrongbow

    “The people of Germany and Japan don’t have an ongoing sovereignty dispute with the UK” [sic]

    Neither do the “people” of Ireland as they have an agreement on the way forward. Unsurprisingly you imply a minority of malcontents speak for the Irish people.

  • The Lodger

    Tomas,

    Sos has answered your question, but can I also point out that Germany has a large British Army presence on her soil. One for which she was very grateful.

  • Tomas Gorman

    No SoS I do not agree that a minority of ‘malcontents’ speak for the people of Ireland and I am aware of the Belfadt Agreement.

    You may thriw numbers around if you like but there are many people like me not happy with the political framework on this island. Even those republicans who work within the Agreements framework work towards a different sovereignty ergo there is an ongoing sovereignty dispute.

  • Toastedpuffin

    Tomas

    Differing long-term goals do not a sovereignty dispute make. There isn’t one. The vast majority of people voted for the inclusion of NI in the UK if its people want that,which they overwhelmingly do. The only people to vote against (ironically) were those who also wished NI to remain in the UK.

  • tyrone_taggart

    “Do you have a link to the Germans and Japanese complaining about the Red Arrows ”

    Nope but there is an English version of a Russian channel on digital tv and as for the Chines you can guess by the way they reacted to David Cameron wearing a poppy in China.

  • Tomas Gorman

    ToastedPuffin,

    Nonsense. Differing sovereignty agendas be they short or long term precisely make a sovereignty dispute. Denial of which is naive, dishonest or chauvinistic.

  • Greenflag

    @ tyrone taggart,

    ‘How do you think countries that do not particularly like the UK play the images of military personal prominent before and during the games?’

    They’re probably not in the market for British arms suppliers but theres plenty of others to choose from including the Americans , French , Russians , Chinese and Brazilians .

    Wherever there’s war there are ‘atrocities’ . No country is exempt from that simple fact . The way to avoid atrocities is not to go to war like the Swiss or the Swedes .

    There is no sovereignty dispute between the vast majority of the people of Ireland (Republic) and the UK . The GFA is the current deal and so it will remain until and if a majority of current NI citizens/subjects decide to change their status .As of now jumping from the frying pan into the fire would be a financially painful experience at least .

    The Olympics are an international sporting event and millions of people will visit the UK and be watching from overseas . Can’t blame the UK Armed forces for publicly displaying their ‘goodies ‘ Remember the ‘investment ‘ in the Olympics is supposed to bring back some return to the UK . And one of the big ticket export items is weaponry and war equipment .

    It’s just business ffs.

  • tyrone_taggart

    “Can’t blame the UK Armed forces for publicly displaying their ‘goodies ‘”

    I agree with you in that regard.

    I just don’t think its a good think for GB,

    London 2012: even Beijing didn’t put an army on the Gates
    The Guardian

  • tyrone_taggart

    PS:

    Found this not my normal paper:

    “ARMY chiefs clashed furiously with Olympics bosses after troops were asked to guard the Games in TRACKSUITS.
    Organisers made the request so personnel would appear less “aggressive”. Top brass refused.”

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4449089/2012-Olympics-Army-guards-told-Wear-tracksuits-at-Games.html

  • ArdoyneUnionist

    TT,

    just in case you dislike the photos in the link you posted.

    Here is a photo of a republican that would look better in an orange boiler suit.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-19014981

  • Toastedpuffin

    Tomas, as far as the respective governments are concerned, along with the vast majority of our people, there is no sovereignty dispute.

    Denial of which is naive, dishonest or chauvinistic.

  • The Lodger

    “Do you have a link to the Germans and Japanese complaining about the Red Arrows ”

    “Nope but there is an English version of a Russian channel on digital tv and as for the Chines you can guess by the way they reacted to David Cameron wearing a poppy in China.”

    Taggart,

    Your random information about Russian TV channels is interesting, but hardly relevant to the conversation. I’m assuming that the fact that you have now jumped from Germany and Japan to Communist China can only mean that your er, ‘research’ has not found any evidence of any country complaining about the British military presenece at the Olympics.

    Both countries appear to have long ago gotten over the cataclysmic losses which they suffered at British hands when they tried to conquer vast tracks of the civilised world.

    Instead the only complaints appear to be emanating from Tyrone where presumably the anger at being stopped and asked to produce a driving license, or similar form of identification, has left scars which will never heal.

  • The Lodger

    “PS:

    Found this not my normal paper:

    “ARMY chiefs clashed furiously with Olympics bosses after troops were asked to guard the Games in TRACKSUITS.
    Organisers made the request so personnel would appear less “aggressive”. Top brass refused.”

    Taggart,

    Those Top Brass had presumably experienced enough time in West Belfast to have been aware that people dressed in tracksuits do not appear less “aggressive”.

  • The Lodger

    “Can’t blame the UK Armed forces for publicly displaying their ‘goodies ‘”

    Greenflag,

    I don’t think they are actually publicly displaying their hardware. The Red Arrow’s planes are pretty old kit for instance. Rather they are providing cheap security in a time of austerity and are also indulging the British people’s pride in their forces.

  • Tomas Gorman

    “Tomas, as far as the respective governments are concerned, along with the vast majority of our people, there is no sovereignty dispute.
    Denial of which is naive, dishonest or chauvinistic.”

    Stating one obvious whilst ignoring the other. The vast majority have voted to have their political reps to, amongst other things, work out their sovereignty agendas within the confines of the agreement. Because the agreement confers sovereignty to one authority does not mean that this sovereignty is; (a) eternal or (b) adequate.

    Now on topic, the fly past and the flag issues are more controversial here precisely because of the sovereignty dispute. Like it or not.

  • tyrone_taggart

    “any evidence of any country complaining about the British military presenece at the Olympics.”

    “One English lawmaker referred to the situation as a “humiliating shambles.” Coincidentally, that’s the name of the hotel where I’m staying. My room is so small, the bedbugs sleep on teensy bunk-beds. (I’m kidding, you Radisson knuckleheads!)

    There is a Keystone Kops vibe in the air. Someone in the Olympics bureaucracy proposed that the troops be outfitted in sporty sweat suits instead of combat uniforms, so as not to be intimidating to the public.

    Bollocks, said the army brass. Our soldiers will wear uniforms.

    I was glad to hear that. When I go to a sporting event and see a group of guys milling about in trendy sweat suits and carrying automatic assault weapons, I get uneasy.

    Sweat suits! What message would that send to terrorists? We’re just regular blokes, don’t be frightened!

    The Guardian newspaper reported that scores of new security people are being speed-trained to operate X-ray screening machines at Olympics venues, and the training is frighteningly slipshod.

    Prospective screeners must pass a test, but they are allowed to cheat on the test, help one another, and re-take the test until they pass.

    In one group of 40 trainees, 38 flunked the test the first time but eventually most of them passed. The newly minted X-ray experts are given 20 minutes of practice with an actual X-ray machine, then sent out to venues to play find-the-bomb-in-the-backpack.

    That’s right, many of the high-tech X-ray machines will be manned by people who might not be qualified to microwave a frozen burrito. Hello!

    But who needs guards when you’ve got missiles?

    The British military has installed six surface-to-air missile-launch pads atop various London buildings. Two of the sites are rooftops of east London apartment buildings.

    I’m hoping that the people operating the missile sites have been given more than 20 minutes of training on their equipment. It’s tricky shooting missiles over a crowded city.

    Reminds me of German WWII rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, who designed the Nazi V-2 rocket that rained death and destruction on England. After the war, von Braun turned good guy and moved to America. A film about him was titled, “I Aim at the Stars.” To which comedian Mort Sahl added the subtitle, “But sometimes I fall short and I hit London.”

    But I digress. How are the Brits making up for their appallingly poor security preparation? With pig lipstick. They are coating the debacle with intelligence-insulting, boilerplate bags of hot air.

    Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, according to the Associated Press, said the deployment of soldiers at Olympic Park will give people “enormous reassurance.”

    It’s so reassuring when the X-ray machine operator tells you to empty your pockets and lie down on the conveyor belt.

    Jacques Rogge, IOC president, says he’s giddy (my word) about all the soldiers being called to duty. Some of them are just back from the war in Afghanistan, which is good. You hate to go to the bullpen for a guy who isn’t properly warmed up.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/sports/ostler/article/Olympic-security-stuck-in-Neverland-3735985.php

    Not so much complaining just detailing how its shows GB in a bad light.

  • The Lodger

    “Not so much complaining just detailing how its shows GB in a bad light.”

    Taggart,

    Your article doesn’t even do that. You started off making a ridiculous claim, and when that was demonstarted to be false you started moving to other ridiculous claims, which have also turned out to be false.

    I think that everyone now knows that you hate the British military. Your efforts to demonstrate that this is a default position for people from countries who fought the British in the past though have failed and failed utterly.

  • tyrone_taggart

    “UK ambassador-turned-whistleblower, Craig Murray, about how the UK is now under martial law in the run-up to the Olympics. Shortly afterwards I did an interview with the women’s glossy magazine, Grazia, about the security set-up around the games. I know, I know, sometimes the heavens align in a once-in-a-century configuration…

    So on the back of this fortuitous alignment and while my angry-o-meter is still spiked at the “dangerous” level, I wanted to set some thoughts down.

    Craig is correct – because of the Olympic Games, London has gone into full martial law lock-down. Never before in peace-time has the capital city of the formerly Great Britain seen such a military ‘defensive’ presence: missile launchers on local tower blocks primed to blow straying commercial airliners out of the skies over London, regardless of “collateral damage”; anti-aircraft bunkers dug in on Greenwich common; and naval destroyers moored on the Thames.

    Plus, absent the promised G4S publicly-funded work-experience slaves – sorry, security staff – the military has been drafted in. Soldiers just home from patrolling the streets in Afghanistan in daily fear of their lives have had all leave cancelled. Instead of the much-needed R & R, they shall be patrolling the Olympic crowds. Does anyone else see a potential problem here?

    And all this follows a decade of erosion of basic freedoms and civil liberties – all stripped away in the name of protecting the UK from the ever-growing but nebulous terrorist threat.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/annie-machon/the-olympics-welcome-to-t_b_1700736.html

  • The Lodger

    Taggart,

    I’m still not seeing how you or anyone else sees this portraying London in a bad light. Perhaps you would prefer to see London suffering from serious terrorist attacks? There is no need to answer that.

    I’m glad though that you have given up on your nonsense about other countries, such as Germany and Japan being offended by the Red Arrows and the presence of British military personnel You have to go all the way to Tyrone to hear that sort of crap.

  • tyrone_taggart
  • The Lodger

    Taggart,

    Your ability to google is highly commendable, but it might help if you could produce something which backs up your claims rather than tabloid nonsense.

  • tyrone_taggart
  • ArdoyneUnionist

    TT if the London Olympics are so malevolent and oppressive what the hell are the freedom and peace loving orish doing there???

    Are you not worried that the orish team will be interned never to be seen again???

    Then the east Tyrone brigade of the IRA can make a melancholic video (my gowd I can almost hear the pathetic drone of the music and the melancholic voice of their relatives being interviewed) of how the orish went to conquer the British on their own soil and were interned and never seen again.

    TT lets start a campaign to bring the freedom and peace loving orish Olympic team home now..

  • The Lodger

    Taggart,

    Your link refers to the problems with G4S and does not make any reference to a hatred of British troops or their presence putting GB in a bad light. Again I can only suggest that you try to find evidence on your google trawls which actually back up your claims. Simply posting random links will not prove anything for you.

    Of course your task would be made much more simple if there was any basis in your claims.

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  • The Lodger

    Taggart,

    Spamming the same report only makes you look more desperate.

  • tyrone_taggart

    John McDonnell, a lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party, explained why they had come to demonstrate.

    “We enjoy the sport, what we don’t like is this corporate takeover that’s gone on,” he said.

    Protest organiser Julian Cheyne attacked what he sees as the failure of the Games to uphold its high ideals.

    “Our intention is to draw attention to the failures to keep promises, because the Olympics makes all sorts of claims that are basically untrue,” he said.

    Cheyne denied that the protest was spoiling Britain’s Olympic party, saying a very large body of opinion in the UK was against the Games.
    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/europe/2012/07/201272964149423832.html

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    Olympic Verdict Places British Residents Under Military Rule Indefinitely
    http://www.infowars.com/olympic-verdict-places-british-residents-under-military-rule-indefinitely/

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    The Lodger
    Taggart,

    Spamming the same report only makes you look more desperate.

    🙂

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