Thursday, 4 October 2007

Outrage over the Red Arrows

I recieved this from my fellow Tory Councillor Alan Ferrier and totally agree with him:

Dear All
Where is the Britishness Brown talked about are we not proud of our achievements anymore the finest display team in the world being told they cannot perform in this country because they may upset foreigners this really hacks me off....
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, sign the petition on the link below

Cllr Clifford says: I have never heard of any complaints about the Red Arrow presence at the "International" Air Show held here in Farnborough every other year, which is not a military show, but a world stage for aviation business. Why are so many British people in authority so ashamed to "fly the flag". We are unique in the world, and one of the most un patriotic countries I know. I think we should all fly the Union Jack a lot more often, it is a beautiful flag and one that represents "union" and is a standard of the mother of many democracies throughout the world. So I hope we see the Red Arrows and lots of Union Jacks.

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