We’ve been robbed of our Englishness

jauntie
By jauntie

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/jeremy_clarkson/arti...

I always find Jeremy Clarkson very good value and this article from yesterday's Sunday Times, in the light of some of the posts I read on QL, hit a nerve for me.

He's sometimes over the top, but never fails to amuse and often makes a lot of sense masked by witty panache.

Longish article, but worth a read if only for such gems as:

".. But all we ever hear now is that we in England have nothing to be proud about. In a world of righteousness we are the child molesters and rapists.

Our soldiers were murderers. Our empire builders were thieves. Our class system was ridiculous and our industrial revolution set in motion a chain of events that, eventually, will kill every polar bear in the Arctic.

And it gets so much worse. Because if you say you are a patriot, men with beards and sandals will come round to your house in the night and daub BNP slogans on your front door"

AND ...

"...As for that wounded soldier seen recently sporting a T-shirt that said: “I went to Afghanistan and all I got was this crappy false leg,” I call that typically English. But not any more. It’s appalling. A slight on disabled people. And you shouldn’t have been in Afghanistan in the first place, you baby killer.

Do you see? We can’t be proud of our past because it’s all bad, we can’t use British humour because it’s offensive and we can’t use understatement to deal with a crisis because the army of state-sponsored counsellors say we’ve got to sob uncontrollably at every small thing".

So true and so sad.

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