Interesting point, TheHub. As I said, I did not actually see the ceremony so I may have missed something. On that basis I stick by what I said. For one thing, I checked on the brief given to Danny Boyle and it seems to me that he has fulfilled it: to showcase the best of British. If he had wanted to make a political point about the destruction of the NHS he would have had to make some reference to privatisation. After all, the NHS has not actually been destroyed, just privatised. Also, if he wanted to showcase what has been lost then reference to shipbuilding etc. would have been more apposite. Another point I would make, though it may not have been a consideration of Danny Boyle's, is that the bulk of the audience haven't a clue about British politics and less interest. It is a poor venue for politicing. One last point, the Olympic games are not perceived by government etc, (or so they would have us believe) as the proper place for raising contentious issues; it is the proper place for all Good Britons to stand shoulder to shoulder and present A Proud and United Front to the world!