Several people suggested it was bad form to boo the chancellor, George Osborne, on Monday night, at an apolitical sporting event. But many more said they were not surprised he elicited a negative response from a crowd made up of a high proportion of people affected by the government's changes to disability benefits.
Robert Darby, who was on his way to watch the wheelchair fencing with his wife and two children, said: "If you are cutting back on the disabled, then to present a disabled athlete with an award is probably pushing your luck a bit. If you put your head above the parapet you can expect that reaction."
Carolyn Allan, a worker with the charity Vitalise, which takes disabled people and their carers on holidays, was at the park with a group of guests, supported by the charity. "People have a democratic right to express their opinion. I think it reflected the mood of the people," she said.
She said her charity had been affected by the government's austerity programme; local councils now have less money to help the charity's work, individuals have less funding to allow them to pay for the holidays themselves, and fundraising has dipped dramatically over the past two years. That could have been the context that triggered the boos, she said.
Aimee Rowe and her husband, Craig, also felt they had been negatively affected by the government's changes to disability benefits. Rowe said Craig, who has a brain tumour, was waiting to hear whether he would need to go through the eligibility assessment for the new incapacity benefit, and described the uncertainty of the process as "very stressful".
"I wasn't surprised, given what he's doing on benefits. He probably thought he was showing his support for disabled people but it was a stupid choice of politician to send to the Paralympics," she said.
Others said they thought it had been impolite. Robert Dulin, from north London, said: "He's obviously not a popular chap at the moment and I don't necessarily agree with his politics, but the true spirit of the Games went out the window yesterday."
Sam Bull, from Sussex, thought the booing might have spoiled the moment for the winning athlete. "It wasn't fair on the person he was giving the award to."
Spectators who saw both Osborne and David Cameron's appearances at the Games said the boos for Osborne seemed much louder and more sustained than those directed at the prime minister, who was greeted with a mix of boos and cheers by a crowd buoyed by just having seen Ellie Simmonds win her second gold medal.
A Locog spokeswoman said that the large number of medals awarded meant that they needed a large pool of people ready to hand out medals over the course of the games, and several cabinet ministers had been invited to take part.
"In terms of the medals, there are a lot of medal ceremonies. We, working with the International Paralympic Committee, have agreed there are a small number of ministers who we have invited to hand them out, along with people within sport and a whole range of other people.
"There are over 500 medal ceremonies, that's over 1,000 people who need to be available. We did invite the cabinet ministers, that was our decision," the spokeswoman said.
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