Conservative MP Aidan Burley has created a storm following a tweet about the Olympic opening ceremony. In a tweet
he stated that Danny Boyle's orchestrated opening ceremony for the Olympics was "the most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen". He then went on to say that the otherwise well-received event was "the most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen - more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state!"
Later he messaged "Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!"
According to the Evening Standard
Burley attempted to soften his messages, without retracting them completely, by stating "Seems my tweet has been misunderstood. I was talking about the way it was handled in the show, not multiculturalism itself."
The semi-retraction, and original tweets, are unlikely to have placated the Party's leader and Prime Minister David Cameron who would have hoped that the Olympics would have a unifying effect within Britain. According to the BBC
, the Prime Minister's office have stated "We do not agree with him."
The Daily Telegraph
noted that David Cameron described the ceremony as "a great showcase of this country".
is the Member of Parliament for Cannock Chase, located in the county of Staffordshire several hundred miles away from London. In 2011 he caused offense when he attended a stag party at the French ski resort of Val Thorens which involved Nazi salutes, as the Digital Journal
reported last December.