Johan Eriksson

Johan Eriksson

Brittisk politik är roligare. På gott och ont. Men mest gott.  I en krönika i The Daily Telegraph ger Londons borgmästare Boris Johnson 20 anledningar varför britterna ska glädjas åt OS.

Här är några:

1. Yaaay! Team GB has won some medals, as Lizzie Armitstead gets silver in the cycling road race and Rebecca Adlington wins bronze in the 400 metres freestyle. There must be every chance that we will win a few more in the next couple of weeks – in cycling, rowing, sailing and riding, all sports at which British athletes seem to excel and all of which involve sitting down.

2. We are also pretty good at events that involve actually running around and jumping over things, so we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of medals there, too.

3. And even if we don’t, the main thing is the taking part, playing the game, etc.

7. The president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, made a truly excellent speech, in which he paid tribute to the role of Britain in either inventing or codifying the sports we celebrate at the Olympics. Only a small proportion of his speech was in French.

16. The Olympics are proving to be a boost to tattoo parlours. Plenty of people seem to want their thighs inscribed with “Oylimpics 2012” and other ineradicable mis-spellings.

19. As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto. They are glistening like wet otters and the water is plashing off the brims of the spectators’ sou’westers. The whole thing is magnificent and bonkers.