London mayor: Olympic ceremony attack 'nonsense'

London mayor: Olympic ceremony attack 'nonsense'

Published Jul. 28, 2012 2:11 p.m. ET

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.