Sunday, 19 August 2012
ENGLAND’S REGIONALIST ENEMIES AT IT AGAIN!
It has been interesting, in the last couple of weeks or so, to see England’s Brit Nat enemies carrying on with other angles of trying to undermine the unitary sense of English National Identity.
First we had the story that “Visit Cornwall” had banned the mention of England or that Cornwall is a county not a country. (click here for this story >>> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9461394/Visit-Cornwall-bans-references-to-England.html).
Also, as part of the Olympic hype, we have been repeatedly told that if Yorkshire was a country then it would have got more gold medals than Australia (click here for this story >>> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2184030/Olympics-2012-If-Yorkshire-country-higher-medal-table-SA-Japan-Australia.html).
Whilst the Yorkshire gag is a more humorous point, nevertheless anyone that puts forward either idea at all seriously needs to be told - in no uncertain terms - that both Cornwall and Yorkshire are traditional counties within the oldest nation state on earth – England!
Interestingly an antidote to the Team GB hype came from Peter Hitchens who points out that"If you believe that Olympic glory makes a nation great, just remember the USSR"! (click here for this story >>> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2187046/If-believe-Olympic-glory-makes-nation-great-just-remember-USSR.html).
Even more startlingly contrary to the Team GB mythologising is Robert Henderson's analysis which shows that:- "The picture is clear: England would suffer no disadvantage and might well gain by appearing as an independent team: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be reduced, at best, to the status of a Norway or Slovenia." (click here for this story >>> http://englandcalling.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/the-olympics-england-and-the-celtic-fringe/).
So the battle goes on. Ideas from anyone on how to graphically demonstrate a picture of England’s unity would be very welcome! Any suggestions please?