Boris Johnson today dismissed suggestions the Olympic opening ceremony had been too left-wing.
London's Mayor described the event in the Olympic Stadium, watched by a global audience of around one billion, as a triumph for Great Britain.
"It was actually the truth about this country in the last two or three hundred years told in a big, dynamic way.
"People say it was all leftie stuff. That is nonsense. I'm a Conservative and I had hot tears of patriotic pride from the beginning. I was blubbing like Andy Murray."