Thursday, August 14, 2008

China's Selective History

Although I was dazzled at China's incredible Olympics opening ceremony, I was less happy with the carping criticism from the respected BBC journalists who were covering and commenting on the event.

The phrase that began to annoy me after a number of journalists had repeated it was "selective history", as in "China are presenting a rather selective version of their history". Well of course they are, with it being the Olympics they were hardly likely to mention the Tianemen Square protests, the killings in Tibet or Mao Tse Tung were they ?

What are the BBC journalists expecting from the British ceremony for London 2012 ? Based on their grumblings I think we can expect a show based on the following.....

The Crusades
Our role in the slave trade
Boer internment camps
Bloody Sunday
Highland Clearances

Would that be an honest enough representation of British history to keep the BBC happy ?

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