Alex Massie

“Ping pong is coming home”

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Whatever one thinks of Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London, I think one can say that his speech in Beijing accepting the Olympic flag as it is passed from Beijing to London provided a splendid antidote to the totalitarian efficiency that seems to have rather weighed down these games. By contrast, there is every reason to suppose that London may be an agreeably and entertainingly shambolic affair. How could it be otherwise when Boris is the man notionally in charge of it all? Watch this and be delighted/appalled/tickled pink:

I've previously suggested that the opening ceremony needs only the Band of the Grenadier Guards. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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