Why I get embarrassed by our flag and my fellow countrymen in general.

27 05 2010

Many of you on the internet will be aware of the hoo-har about England flags being flown with the upcoming World Cup, a celebration of rampant nationalism that thankfully is contained on a football pitch and not expressed in all those wars we had fun with in the 20th Century.

The Sun, being a foreign owned tabloid whose relationship with the truth is distant and hazy decided to blow a police memo to pub owners in croydon about being wary of ALL football shirted patrons, out of all proportion. Why did they do this? Possibly just to sell papers to a jingoistic public who feel that the  undifinable “englishness” is under threat from some people speaking the language with a bad accent, wearing funny clothes and not indulging in the national pastime of alcohol abuse.

The Sun having no care for race relations decided to paint a merry tale that all England flags would be taken off supporters by force by jack-booted politically correct warriors, thrown into a big pit where immigrants would be allowed to collectively defecate on them for the forseeable future (and then have sex with white and pure British womenfolk presumably to round off a solid day’s sacrilege.)

Cue numerous Facebook groups with disturbingly large followings saying such things as “you like our benefits but you don’t like our Flag?!” or “We can’t wear england shirts? , You can’t wear you’re turban 🙂(apologies if I spelt any of that correctly, most of these groups are founded by people with an even poorer grasp of the english language than the immigrants they hate!)

I could go into more detail on this outburst of racism with a thin covering of patriotism but this image hopefully sums up what is another  pathetic chapter in the Rule of the Idiots;

And if you think it was just The Sun responsible for this mess let’s not forget the Daily Mail running a story on a woman who claimed she was thrown off a bus because her spawn was wearing an England shirt and it upset the bus driver. Her name was Samantha Fardon which a quick google search reveals;

……so she is basically a chavvy little liar with a criminal record as long and pathetic as Phil Collins’s solo career (ooooo,topical!)

(With thanks to the Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Nobody-is-banning-any-England-shirts-you-gullible-xenophobic-fool/118126444889112 who are going some way to resorting my faith in Humanity.)

So then, this is what being English has come down too. Racism, lies and appalling spelling. Once this nation made things that were the envy of the world, our Scientists were the leaders in most fields, uncovering the secrets of the universe that would last generations. Yes, we had an Empire that spanned the globe and did some appalling things (“potato famine”, the other half of me never forgets!) but while the Empire will always be a grey area morally we did do some good things as well, grand engineering feats that the world could marvel at, a rule of law, systems of governance and we went out in style by defeating Hitler and all that crowd at the price of our morally ambiguous Empire.

But now, what do we have to be proud about? Concorde is dead, our energy is at the mercy of Russia and Opec because we are too pathetic to harness the natural renewable energy at our shores (whatever did happen to the Vespa wind farm factory by the way?) Our scientists flee the country for places where they will get funding and respect, our primary export are criminal financial products built of smoke and mirrors that are responsible for so much misery today and our foreign policy isn’t ours at all but that of our American cousins who for all our arse-kissing see us as nothing more than effete butlers with no will of their own. In effect we are a joke in the eyes of the world.

Oh, and when we do go abroad we behave like this clown here, facing trial in Thailand;

So if this what being English is all about; a nation of small-minded bigots easy fooled by tabloid hysteria and who can barely spell the language they profess to be defending against foreign hordes, a nation who would rather be estate agents and investment bankers than uncover the secrets of the universe for the good of all Humanity, a nation of drunken thugs who pick a fight in a foreign country and then burst into tears when it comes to court, a nation of benefit scrounging liars who use their children to get the things in life they can’t be bothered to work for then excuse me if I get embarassed to fly a flag that represents these fucktards.

The thing is we do have plenty to be proud about, a quick look at the 100 Greatest Britions (cunts like Cromwell and Enoch Powell aside) shows that as a nation we can do great things. We’ve just forgotten how to right now. When we do get our dignity, vision and intellectual prowess back I may fly that flag again. Chances are I will have long left the country (and hopefully the planet) by then…..