Great results from Bromley, Lewisham and Bexley

A couple of weekends ago I visited the London Youth Games, hosted in Crystal Palace park. As always the games were hotly contested and I was pleased to see the top placed teams were separated by just a few points.

My boroughs did particularly well with Bromley getting 1st place and Bexley getting 5th, Lewisham also did well getting 2nd place overall and top place “Inner London borough”. I hope that all the young people involved feel justly proud of themselves.

It was a great pity that all the Labour councillors on Bexley council couldn’t have supported their team. Councillors from both sides of the chamber were horrified when Labour Councillor Harbans Buttar criticised their “failure”. I don’t know about you but 5th out of 31 boroughs is good going and Cllr Buttar’s comments deserved the derision they received.

4 responses to “Great results from Bromley, Lewisham and Bexley

  1. This is the Labour party that while in government has so encouraged competitive sport in schools?

  2. This is the Labour party that while in government has so encouraged competitive sport in schools?

  3. An excellent post James. I can’t help but think that so many social problems could be tackled by improved school sport. According to the government’s school sports survey almost half of state schools play NO competitive sport against other schools. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1566348/Sports-fields-closed-to-half-of-pupils.htmlAt my nephew’s village school the “sports day” is non-competitive, with pupils performing team events together. No winners or losers.As for Labour councillor’s comments that 5th place is a failure: what a bizarre message. Coming last would still deserve praise. Someone’s got to!I can only assume that the councillor in question has been whipped up with Olympic fervour and regards only first place as acceptable. Very East German!Still, at least the appeal of competitive sport has infiltrated the socialist mindset. Perhaps we can now get back to all pupils enjoying a kickabout with their peers from other schools, and finally ditch the Marxist pursuit of “equality” which has ruined school sport for three decades.

  4. An excellent post James. I can’t help but think that so many social problems could be tackled by improved school sport. According to the government’s school sports survey almost half of state schools play NO competitive sport against other schools. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1566348/Sports-fields-closed-to-half-of-pupils.htmlAt my nephew’s village school the “sports day” is non-competitive, with pupils performing team events together. No winners or losers.As for Labour councillor’s comments that 5th place is a failure: what a bizarre message. Coming last would still deserve praise. Someone’s got to!I can only assume that the councillor in question has been whipped up with Olympic fervour and regards only first place as acceptable. Very East German!Still, at least the appeal of competitive sport has infiltrated the socialist mindset. Perhaps we can now get back to all pupils enjoying a kickabout with their peers from other schools, and finally ditch the Marxist pursuit of “equality” which has ruined school sport for three decades.

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