Was David Cameron booed at the Olympic Boxing?

9th August, 2012 2:13 pm

He was, according to the Press Association:

“Fans at the ExCeL centre roared [Boxer Nicola Adams] to victory, but there were pantomime boos for David Cameron who was watching the bout with boxer Amir Khan.”

The Guardian meanwhile says he was “playfully” booed. Even the booing is friendlier at the Olympics it seems – although booing of any sort doesn’t compare favourably to the sort of reception one of his rivals received.

  • http://twitter.com/SoapboxL SoapboxL

    According to the polls. 67% of the people there don’t like Cameron. So my guess is, he probably was booed

  • Nhs_exec

    Going on recent experience in the nhs most staff would boo any politician of any party as most of us think they are all as bad as each other.

    Put Cameron, Miliband or Clegg in front of me and infant to slap all their faces for the mess each and their horrible parties and governments have made of the nhs. You are all as bad as each other.

    • Amber Star

      Join the Labour Party; you might get the chance to make your views known & influence policy. I am in Scotland & when I re-joined the Party I was amazed by how easy it now is to get time with MPs & MSPs to discuss ideas & issues. I hope it is the same where you are.

  • Cllr Ed Davie

    Just to be clear Nhs_exec when Labour left office the NHS was rated by the internationally respected Commonwealth Fund as the fairest and most efficient in the world and the next public satisfaction survey (the Coalition DH tried to bury) had the highest rating in history.

    • Nhs_exec

      Sorry but I don’t believe a word of it.

      I was with a senior unison rep the other day in my trust and we both held the view that both labour and Tories screw the nhs and will do so again and again.

      I am sick to death of billions spent on stupid it programmes and service reorganisations of which both parties are to blame. Endless hours spent jumping to feed tick box replies to the latest bloody quango you or the Tories drop on us.

      You are all as bad as each other.

      • treborc

         Well yes but at least the NHS was holding it’s own under labour, I do agree it was not as people thought it was. people being seen for a cut finger while serious patients  waited  so they could meet the targets , I saw that many times, but now under the Tories it’s again back to long waiting list, and people waiting in ambulances.

        And in Wales god help us the labour party are the dam Tories.

      • John Ruddy

        Well, you dont have to believe it – but it IS true that it was rated by an independent, international study as the fairest and most efficient in the world.

        • charles.ward

          Bullshit.  The Commonwealth Fund report only compared 7 country’s healthcare systems and it did not include any of the top 15 countries as ranked by the WHO in 2000 (the UK came 17th in the 2000 WHO report).

          You can’t claim “best in the world” when you exclude all the best healthcare systems from the your study.

  • http://twitter.com/mistyblulabour dave stone

    Just to prove how keen on sport he is Cameron should have got into the ring. Nicola would have whipped his a** and then the boos would have changed to cheers – result.

    • Sid

      My pensioner granny could whip David Cameron’s ar*e.

  • Sid

    It could have been Amir Khan attracting the boos. He’s a bit of a putz at the best of times.

  • hp

    Do you remember when war-monger Blair was booed by schoolchildren?
    I couldn’t have been more proud.

    • Alan Giles

       And by the Womens Institute!

    • Mickelmas

      What a sad person you are.

  • Martin McGrath

    The Excel was full of Irish people cheering for Katie Taylor. The British PM was hardly going to get cheered.

  • NT86

    Could be both Dave AND Amir Khan. The latter has been awful since he turned pro and his cocky persona has put a lot of people off.

     I’m surprised Nicola Adams got to the final (and won yay!) given the jinx that Cameron is lol.

    • http://twitter.com/mistyblulabour dave stone

      You’re being unnecessarily hard on Amir – he gets a lot of respect and deserves it. And with his funding of the Gloves Community Centre in Bolton he’s put a lot back into the community.

      The danger now is that Cameron will afflict sport with his reverse Midas touch. As Steve Bunce said: “It’s hard to train 50 hours each week when you are flipping chicken in Nandos and that was, trust me, the reality for all GB athletes on bikes, horses, boats and feet until about 15 years ago.”*

      Cameron knows as much about sport as he does about running a successful economy – let’s sideline the idiot asap.

      *http://www.espn.co.uk/london-olympics-2012/sport/story/164411.html

      • derek

        What will become of the Olympic park when it’s all over and done with? Personally, I hope it will become a centre for excellence and a university for sport where all talented British sport persons can be trained and guided through.

        • PeterBarnard

          Good question, Derek, and not a bad suggestion. Maybe, have a word with your MP?

          However, I am not so sure that we will be able to afford all the training/facilities that people are talking about at present.

          Correction : we can afford it, of course, but “to govern is to choose …” and we may not be able to afford something else as a consequence.

          • derek

            @Peter and@Dave, thanks for those replies and without a doubt it’s the choice factor and will to do the proper thing.I’m sorry to say I have absolutely no confidence in Cameron’s team doing the proper thing.  

        • http://twitter.com/mistyblulabour dave stone

          That’s the big question. Because the Olympics were awarded to London and have, consequently, been London-centric the concentration of facilities may result in under use.

          What is needed is an availability of facilities throughout the U.K. for all, not just the elite – because everyone starts as a beginner. And for all ages, because everyone can benefit from exercise. And, of course, because a culture of interest and enthusiasm produces legacy.

          I’m totally cynical about this. There is an institutional bias against it happening –  because of the lobbyists, the commercial interests and politicians on the make.
          Sure, they all want to be associated with sport when there’s a commercial opportunity or a photo op on offer. But when it comes to the nitty-gritty: money rules.
          And there’s more money to be made from pharmacological therapies, the purveying of addictive sugary drinks, the servers of heart attack inducing fast food and the privatised health service responders than there is to be made from healthy lifestyles.

          But the battle goes on.

  • http://twitter.com/tristanpw1 TristanPriceWilliams

    I see he’s been polishing his forehead again.

  • Daniel Speight

    A boxing crowd is hardly a Cameron crowd. I never met a boxer who was educated in a public school, not to say they don’t exist of course. I suspect public schoolboys look for more spiteful combat sports like fencing or safer ones like shooting clay pigeons;-)

    • Just_Another_Voter

      Amusingly the rules of boxing were written by John Graham Chambers, an old Etonian, then enodorsed by the Marquis of Queensberry.

      • Daniel Speight

        Just guessing, but I suspect the rules on prizefighting were written to make gambling on plebs fighting each other easier for the aristocracy;-)

  • md

    he was booed, and I was one of those who did it :) he was there and I’m afraid I couldn’t resist. however I must say that he brought even me around with his positive comments and I ended up clapping

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