Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html en-gb 30 Fri 22 Aug 2014 23:57:25 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html WannabeWarriner http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=92#comment12 Norrie, there is unlikely to be an article written stating that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are doing exactly what is expected, that they will show up. If so it would be a very dull one.Your statement does create animosity (although, I realise this was not your intention) because you basically state the English are treated with superiority to the Scottish, which is a statement likely to upset both sides. The fact is that the Scottish get programs made specifically for them and not just news. The scetch show Burnistoun which I quite liked was avaialble only in Scotland and on the iplayer. Wales even has its own channel S4C which costs significantly more to run then the radio stations that have been threatened with closure the Asian Network and 6 music, and in my eyes has very little of quality on it. F.Y.I I have lived in all 4 of our nations and some point in my life and regard myself as British Sun 09 May 2010 14:47:56 GMT+1 Norman S http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=84#comment11 steel-city-blade , there are probably lots of things you don't understand, and your response to my comments confirms that you either don't understand written English too well, or you've been so blinded by your desperation to join Simon in the 'wounded and patronising Englishman' club that you've made statements that you can't possibly prove or know for sure to be true.Can I suggest that you look again at what I actually posted and not what you think you've been reading? Now if you still believe that I have written anything thing designed to "create animosity between the home nations", please let me know precisely what you are referring to and why it may create animosity, in your opinion. My point is not about the relationship amongst the home nations but about the BBC, as the UK's publicly funded national broadcaster, running a story about the England team's intentions re the Games in Delhi later this year, and not thinking it may be a good idea to ask the other home nations where they stand at the same time. It's lazy journalism, at least.Finally, you seem as confident as Simon was about it never being in doubt about the other home nations going to Delhi for the Games. He has yet to respond, but I'll challenge you to do the same as I challenged him. Post a link to any online story where any of the other home nations have confirmed that their participation was 'never in doubt' as you claim. I won't be holding my breath! :-)Surely, even you and Simon must recognise that, as all nations of the UK receive support and advice on foreign travel from the same UK government agencies, then the likelihood is that they are all in the same position when it comes to making a decision on going to Delhi for the Games.This BBC story does not reflect that and is diminished in terms of its accuracy and fairness because of that. I think that we're entitled to expect better from the BBC. Mon 03 May 2010 13:44:42 GMT+1 OléBlade http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=76#comment10 Norrie, I can't understand people like you. It was never in doubt Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland's Commonwealth teams would compete in the Delhi games, hence no story to write a blog about. The BBC treats all four constituent parts of the UK fairly and I don't understand why people such as yourself go out of your way to try and create animosity between the home nations. There are plenty of other parts of this website devoted to Scottish, Welsh and Irish events, this story just happened to concern England. Sun 02 May 2010 17:58:17 GMT+1 Norman S http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=69#comment9 Simon ...... oh Simon .....You state quite confidently that "All three confirmed they would be travelling to Delhi long ago", when referring to the other home nations.As you're so sure of that, perhaps you could link me to any online story which actually confirms that clear statement. No rush. In your own time. ;-)In your desperation to play the wounded, patronising Englishman, you've missed the point entirely. My remarks were not about the necessity to have separate stories on the BBC website about all of the home nations' intentions re Delhi, but that an obvious opportunity was missed in this story to actually ask Wales, Scotland and NI for their current position.After all, as they are all constituent parts of the UK, we can safely assume that they will all be receiving the same travel advice from the FCO and other government agencies.So ...... lazy journalism or an assumption that only the England team matters? I'll let you decide for yourself.In the meantime, Simon, please try to read comments more carefully before blundering in as you did earlier. There's a good chap! Thu 29 Apr 2010 15:14:51 GMT+1 Irene http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=61#comment8 What about the humanatarian aspect? Already the event has had a hugely detrimental impact on the poorest people of the city. Slums have been bulldozed and no alternative accommodation provided. Street vendors have been banned, thus depriving many poor families of their only source of income. Construction workers are being ruthlessly exploited.As if that were not enough, everything now costs more because VAT has been increased from 12 to 20%. This means that everyone, rich and poor, is footing the bill for the Games. The lasting legacy of the event has already become a legacy of misery for millions, months before the competition begins.How is this consistent with the Commonwealth Games Federation’s core values of HUMANITY – EQUALITY – DESTINY?How does it reflect the spirit of the Commonwealth which describes itself in the following words?‘The Commonwealth is part of the world that it serves, sharing the same interests as those of its citizens: democratic freedom and economic and social development’.A sporting event is making desperate lives even more wretched, and this cannot be tolerated. There is too much injustice in the world already and this is just one more example of the oppression of the voiceless poor. Thu 29 Apr 2010 13:54:24 GMT+1 Tiger Rose http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=53#comment7 Gobowing - the high profile athletes who are not going to Delhi all have valid reasons which have nothing to do with money.Jessica Ennis does not want to miss training with the games being held very late in October (vital for multi eventers)and with a world title to defend in 2011 & 2012. She will be competing for Britain at the European Champs in August where she will by the way not win any prize money if she wins Gold.Some of our cyclists are not going as it clashes with the World Road Champs. There is also a clash with the Gymnastics world champs which is why all our best gymnasts will be competing there with development team being sent to Delhi. No disrespect to the Commonwealth Games but they will all have for more meaningful competition at a world champs and this will be better preparation for the Olympics.Nobody will be carping at the likes of Jess & Beth that they didn't go to Delhi if they win in London. Thu 29 Apr 2010 11:00:24 GMT+1 IlCucchiaio http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=46#comment6 The athletes may well be protected, but there's a whole other question about the security of the thousands of visiting tourists who will descend on Delhi both in the run-up and through the duration of the Games. Surely the terrorists will be equally satisfied with an attack against these visitors. Equally, an attack in the run-up to the Games will do just as much damage as an attack during the games and may be even harder to prevent. Wed 28 Apr 2010 21:27:12 GMT+1 gobowing http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=38#comment5 This is great news. It is hugely important for both the Games and even the Commonwealth (the one that countries like Cameroon and Mozambique have been so eager to join, even with no imperial link) that the Delhi games are a success. As for events at the IPL, there was a bomb during the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 but no-one suggested that America could no longer stage international sporting events.More important now is that Commonwealth Games England tries to persuade some of the highly-paid English athletes, cyclists etc who have scrubbed Delhi from their schedule to make the trip for England. Now that security fears have been quelled they should be made to really declare why they won't go to Delhi and admit it's because there's no money involved. Wed 28 Apr 2010 16:27:58 GMT+1 hainba http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=30#comment4 We should wish India and everyone participating well for this important multi-national event.BUT the idea that this should springboard an Olympic bid that is a whole new ball game surely. The Olmpics is far more high-profile and political preparation and security are at another level.Terrorism should never triumph but risk must be more keenly assessed. Wed 28 Apr 2010 10:39:54 GMT+1 refill http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=23#comment3 And interesting that the first comment to appear is the most predictable. As far as I am aware, only the England team has stood any chance of not appearing at the games as, whether the other home nations like it or not, they will be by far the most high-profile visiting nation competing at the games and therefore a prime target for possible attack. Are you really trying to suggest that, if it were Scotland/Wales/N.Ireland who were threatening a non-appearance and then announced their intention to go ahead, that the BBC wouldn't report it in the same way. Funny, all the Scotsmen and Welshmen I've ever come across haven't been so paranoid as to look for prejudice where there exists none. Wed 28 Apr 2010 10:14:15 GMT+1 Simon Harris http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=15#comment2 Norrie... oh Norrie...Why does there always have to be one? And why are you letting yourself be the one on this occasion?There is no news story about Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland here. There never was. All three confirmed they would be travelling to Delhi long ago. This article is about a current event, the England team making its decision known. It can hardly include a story about the other three nations having made no announcement today and bring us the "news" that nothing has changed for any of them.This BBC bashing for the sake of it really has to stop. Of course there is more about England on the BBC. It makes up by far the largest section of the UK. But if you really analyse the BBC's output you'll find that if anything the ratio of news articles about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland actually exceeds by far the ratio of people in those countries to the number of English. Could you even imagine the outcry if, for instance, the BBC started a program called UK Today in which lasted for an hour and it dedicated 50 minutes to England, 3 minutes to Wales, 2 minutes to N.Ireland and 5 minutes to Scotland? That would be the fair ratio though, based on number of people in the UK. In fact according to population estimates as time went on the share for the other nations would shrink and shrink. By 2050 Northern Ireland would be lucky to get a full minute. The BBC actually over-represents the nations - and that's not a bad thing. So please stop bashing them without taking the time to do the math.Please think before you write those comments Norrie, and next time try not to be "that guy".A-T Wed 28 Apr 2010 10:07:48 GMT+1 SR819 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=7#comment1 As a British Indian, I hope whatever decision is taken is taken objectively and sensitively. Of course, if there is a serious threat that becomes amplified, then obviously a lot of the competitors will have second thoughts on travelling. I don't think anyone will criticise anyone if they don't wish to travel if the foreign office receives new information about a new threat, but I think everyone would like the teams to travel, subject to receiving the necessary clearance and reassurance that security is tight. I just hope the debate is carried out calmly and sensitively. In cricket, there's so much politics and unnecessary jingoism and nationalism at times in the debate (from all sides) that it detracts from the actual issues at stake. This is one of the reasons I've gone off cricket, there's too much hate and poor relations between the west and the east in cricket. Wed 28 Apr 2010 09:45:26 GMT+1 Norman S http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jamespearce/2010/04/england_all_set_to_travel_to_d.html?page=0#comment0 Interesting that the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation only seems to want to report the decision of the England team to confirm that they intend to compete in Delhi. Don't the views of Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland matter? Wed 28 Apr 2010 09:34:12 GMT+1