When London scraped past Paris to win the 2012 Olympics by four votes on the 6th of July 2005, triumphalism of the "Rule Britannia" genre was rampant - and for many cringe-inducing and concerning in the extreme. The UK had joined the US in the invasions and near destruction of swathes of Afghanistan and Iraq. Award of this great international event surely sat badly with a large world view of Britain.
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