Clegg urges PM: don't endorse these tainted Olympics
Sunday 03 August 2008
Gordon Brown has been urged by the leader of the Liberal Democrats to make a stand against Chinese human rights abuses by not attending the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.
In a letter sent to the Prime Minister today, Nick Clegg calls the decision to award the Olympics to China a "mistake" and appeals to Mr Brown not to give the Games further political endorsement.
"China's recent behaviour is a humiliation for the International Olympic Committee," Mr Clegg writes. "Given their utter failure to deliver on their human rights promises, it is simply untenable for any representative of the United Kingdom to give political endorsement to these Games.
"I therefore urge you not to attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games, or indeed any other ceremonies associated with them."
Mr Brown announced earlier in the year that he would not be attending the opening ceremony. Instead the Olympics minister, Tessa Jowell, will represent the UK on Friday.
The Prime Minister did, however, make it clear that he would be at the closing ceremony, where China will pass on the baton in preparation for the next Olympic Games, to be held in London in 2012.
To have your say on this or any other issue visit www.independent.co.uk/IoSblogs
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more
Germany vs Argentina World Cup final 2014: Five reasons why Argentina will win the World Cup
Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thwarting Louis van Gaal over transfer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 final preview: German team ethic tests Lionel Messi's ability to meet the challenge
World Cup 2014: Robin van Persie appears to give his bronze medal to eccentric Netherlands fan moments after being handed it by Sepp Blatter
- 1 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 2 Comfortable in their own skin
- 3 Japanese plant experts produce 10,000 lettuce heads a day in LED-lit indoor farm
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’