London mayor: Olympic ceremony attack 'nonsense'

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Posted: Jul 28, 2012 1:08 PM
London mayor: Olympic ceremony attack 'nonsense'

LONDON (AP) — London's mayor says a fellow member of Britain's governing Conservative Party was talking nonsense when he criticized the Olympic opening ceremony as too political.

Aidan Burley, a 33-year-old legislator, posted a message to his Twitter account accusing Friday's ceremony of being too "leftie" — slang for politically left wing — and criticizing its use of rap music.

Director Danny Boyle's ceremony hailed Britain's National Health Service, begun in 1944 under a center-left Labour Party government, and celebrated the nation's ethnic diversity.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, a member of the center-right Conservatives, said Burley's comments were "nonsense," and the event had left him with "hot tears of patriotic pride."

Burley last year lost a junior government role after he attended a party in France where a guest wore a Nazi uniform.