Why would Conservatives want to pass the ‘Danny Boyle’ test?

27 August 2012

So the Conservative party’s immigration minister, Damian Green MP, has introduced the idea of the ‘Danny Boyle test.’  In today’s Telegraph he argues that the Conservative party must resist ‘nostalgists promoting a better yesterday’ and that since the Olympics opening ceremony was a demonstration of ‘modern Britain’ it is therefore a ‘test’ that Conservatives must pass.

And so the Labour MP Paul Flynn who described the opening ceremony of the Olympics as ‘a Trojan horse’  for the Conservative Party has been proved precisely right.  The politics of the opening ceremony have now moved from a matter of largely mob-enforced left-wing taste (criticise this and you’re a Nazi) into a test of political acceptability.  I can understand why Mr Flynn and Mr Boyle might want this to be the case.  But why would a Conservative minister join them?

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  • sir_graphus

    Because despite radical imams, terrorists, muggers, the BNP, several send-em-home comments board bores (quite a few at the Daily T), the vast majority of Britain is getting along fine with multiculturalism. We all work with Asians, Chinese, Africans, Poles, and we all get along fine, on a daily basis.

    • Noa

      And what about all the ones that you don’t work with? In fact the ones that dson’t work at all, or take long NHS ‘sabaticals’ to go a’jihading…

    • MikeF

      Multiculturalism is a left-wing ideology that uses a supposed ‘respect’ for the sensibilities of minority identities as a cover for the introduction of authoritarian policies intended to diminish freedom of expresion. It has nothing to do with members of different ethnic or cultural groups ‘getting along’ with each other. I get along with members of all ethnicities because I am English and it is part of my culture and identity to do so – I don’t need to be told how to do it by the EHRC, the BBC, The Guardian, the Labour Party or my local council.

  • Shakassoc

    Because there is nothing remotely conservative about him (or the majority of his colleagues). To them, conservatism is a convenient label (like ’24-Hour Cleaners’ is just the name of the shop, according to the Bonzo Dog Band’s ‘Shirts’).

  • Saltash

    There aren’t any conservatives in the Conservative Party, as any fule kno

  • T. Botham

    A return to Eden, or a march to Utopia. If the Conservatives think that those delusions are the only marketing options for their policies, then they have already flunked the leadership test. And they have no clue what their policies are or should be. The ‘Big Society’ was a strong hint that that is the case. Empty packaging.

  • Marcus

    Because he is not a conservative. He is a careerist politician who believes he can court the left by spouting this sort of drivel and still maintain a semblance of conservatism. He is wrong, of course and we should disown him.

  • Douglas Carter

    I think you missed the watchword, Douglas. Which was ‘modern’.
    ‘Modern’ is – I see – to be the Conservative totem up to the election. ‘Modern’ is to be the fashion. It is a replacement word for ‘change’, where the electorate have twigged ‘change’ meant ‘doing it like Labour, just marginally differently’.
    ‘Modern’ has nothing to do with politicians. It is cultural, psychological, progressive (the non-political useage of the word – political ‘progressive’ has nothing whatsoever to do with ‘progress’…) and technological. Society decides ‘modern’. Politicians are elected to define the margins by which society makes those determinations – not define modernity or obsolescence in their own terms. When they attempt to do so, it demonstrates the abject absence of substance in their moribund programmes.
    Green’s tedious essay was to establish the word ‘Modern’ in what they wish to pass as a political campaign. I would say ‘if’ but no. That is doubtless the best they can do.

    God help us. The Conservatives – as currently constituted – never will.

    • Mark Thompson

      Progressively bad.

  • AY

    what a sad picture of descendants of Newton, Darwin and Maxwell – looking for crucial guidance on matters of national importance from relativist demagogues, retarded shamans and third-rate clowns.

  • coventrian

    ‘ mob-enforced left-wing taste ‘

    I didn’t notice any such mobs – another figment of Murray’s imagination

    ‘(criticise this and you’re a Nazi)’

    Another insight into Murray’s strange thought processes. Is he fantasising about wearing the uniform?

    • Chris

      Where were you hiding when Aiden Burley was being attacked for his comments on twitter?

      • coventrian

        You call that a mob? Grow a pair!

    • Nicholas

      Well at least he doesn’t dress up as a sky blue elephant.

      • coventrian

        I wear my uniform with pride.

        • Nicholas

          So do clowns.

          • coventrian

            Different part of the circus you fool!

            • Nicholas

              But still the circus. I don’t need a stupid avatar or an even stupider pseudonym to make my comments. So who is the fool?

              What is the point of it? You think it makes you seem clever? “Oh, look a cute sky blue elephant! How droll! And a cute pseudonym!” Still I suppose that is Britain today. Nanny dominated child-men bringing the nursery to grown up life.

              • coventrian

                Stupid or cute? Make up your mind, if you have one.

                • Nicholas

                  Oh, I have one all right unlike most of the people who vote for the party you support. I chose stupid but I was quoting how you might imagine the reaction as cute – hence the inverted commas. The fact that you missed the significance suggests my choice is correct. Your comments elsewhere confirm it.

                • coventrian

                  Are you always this boring?

                • Nicholas

                  I suppose it depends how you define boring. It is subjective so it is often used in an accusatory way as a defence mechanism against things people don’t want to hear or can’t understand.

                  You can have the last word of you like, though, since you are so insecure.

                • coventrian

                  Are you always this boring?

    • Nicholas

      Well at least he doesn’t dress up as a sky blue elephant.

  • Simon Fay

    The politics of the opening ceremony have now moved from a matter of largely mob-enforced left-wing taste (criticise this and you’re a Nazi) into a test of political acceptability.”

    That seems a pretty spurious distinction you’re making, Douglas, given the times in which we live.

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