In London 2012, elite cynicism was wrestled and defeated by a mass, democratic thirst for spectacle.
Everybody now agrees that the London 2012 Games showed Britain can ‘do big things’. So why did nobody believe that two months ago?
The hostility shown towards some soldiers during the Games is a product of the elite’s disavowal of military values.
Protesters who planned to ruin London 2012 with jeering stunts and anti-Games rallies are now feeling very stupid indeed.
How will London 2012 follow Beijing’s stunning opening ceremony? With sheep, rain, nurses and mosh pits.
Must-reads from the past week
The transformation of 2012 into a vehicle for regenerating east London and re-engineering the populace is bad for sport, and bad for politics.
Boris wants to stop yoof from watching Olympic shooting events because of their gun-glorifying effect. Is he joking?