By Tim Montgomerie
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Aidan Burley MP has got himself into trouble (again). This time for some sour tweets about the Olympics' Opening Ceremony:
There's a report in The Telegraph. Number 10 quickly distanced himself from Mr Burley's Tweets. "We do not agree with him," said a Downing Street source. Fellow Tory MP Gavin Barwell tweeted his own rebuttal. There's nothing left-wing about embracing diversity, said the member for Croydon Central.
Robert Halfon MP was positive throughout the evening (writing a blog entitled "Olymptastic") but he did object to Shami Chakrabati's casting as Olympic flag carrier "given her senior role in LSE: the Uni that sucked up to Gadaffi". I agree with Rob, why not an Afghan war vetaran instead?
Most Tory MPs were completely uncritical, however. Here's a selection:
- Stuart Andrew: As you can see Mr Romney, we are ready! Well done all!
- Harriett Baldwin: Loved it all, but being a Worcestershire dog owner my best bits were Elgar and the corgis
- Steve Baker: Wonderful to see two great British engineers celebrated tonight: Brunel and Berners-Lee
- Dan Byles: Has Danny Boyle just secured his knighthood, with this incredible ceremony?
- Damian Collins: Absolutely stunning start to the London 2012 Olympics. Danny Boyle's opening ceremony really was the best of British.
- Alun Cairns: Fantastic opening ceremony and S&P confirm Britain's AAA rating. Looking good even without winning a medal so far
- Charlie Elphicke: An amazing #london2012 opening ceremony. Brilliant @DannyBoyleFilm celebration of our nation. Tonight we are #OneBritain
- Margot James: Jerusalem, Chelsea Pensioners, forging, James Bond and the Queen, nurses, great music, quirky history of our Isles loved
- David Jones: Over a billion people watching this. Watching our country. Very proud.
- Louise Mensch: Beyond awesome. We rule. #GodSaveTheQueen
- Nicky Morgan: Oh wow! The Olympics are here. Only city to host for a third time.
- Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: Well that was fantastic. The world was watching London and London delivered. Well done to all who made it happen.
- Rob Wilson: Oh Danny Boyle, English eyes are smiling! Sing it everyone.