Moments after Mo Farah’s fantastic 10,000m win at the Olympics last night, Mo was asked by a journalist if he’d have preferred to run as a Somali. He replied: “Look mate, this is my country.
“This is where I grew up, this is where I started life. This is my country and when I put on my Great Britain vest I’m proud. I’m very proud.” And Mo is right. It is as much his country as it is mine or yours.
This last week has been quite amazing. From Danny Boyle’s wonderful depiction of Britain at the Opening Ceremony to the medal haul we are now raking in, there is a feel good factor sweeping the country. Perhaps more significantly though, I believe that this is a moment that we as a nation found a peace with itself. Of course there are many problems facing us but we are a modern, diverse and confident country – and this week we have been happy to shout it from the rooftops.
Let’s join Mo in saying proudly that “this is my country” http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/my-country
The Opening Ceremony kicked us off brilliantly and it superbly reflected our past, present and future. Over 2,000 people replied to our most recent ‘Proud to be British?’ survey and 95% said that they recognised their Britain in the ceremony. According to one poll, 90% of the general population identified themselves with the Britain Danny Boyle depicted.
Identify with this Britain and shout: ‘This is my country’ http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/my-country
This past week has been great for Britain, helped by the fact that it has been a nightmare for every racist out there. One can only imagine the despair in every BNP and EDL supporter’s mind as first Jessica Ennis and then Mo Farah took gold.
Sportsmen and women of every colour and background have proudly worn the union flag and they have been cheered on by the entire nation. 2012 will hopefully be remembered as the year we reclaimed the flag and redefined our identity based on ordinary people and the special diversity that makes Britain so great. This is our Britain, not theirs.
From the cyclists to the rowers, the athletes to the sailors, Britain’s Olympians have helped bring our nation together. There are going to be many difficult times ahead but I believe we can hold our head up high and proudly say ‘This is our country.”