Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The last refuge of the scoundrel

England is the least patriotic country in Europe, according to a study.

It's things like this that make me proud to be English.

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Blogger Vincent said...

Hear hear!

Vincent (currently exiled in Jamaica)

4:45 pm  
Blogger Vincent said...

But not for the pathetic reasons given in the Metro. There is a long tradition of silence by the English on the patriotism topic. It is not for lack of pride in being English, but rather the opposite: such fierce pride that gentlemanliness forbids the expression, except of course in sporting contests. One's compassion for those who have the misfortune not to be English would sound patronising if expressed.

Or am I channeling the ghosts of Noel Coward, Ian Fleming & other exiles on this fabled island?

4:54 pm  
Blogger bill said...

You are Vincent, but that's no bad thing. Oh to be in England, now that April's here &c &c

5:10 pm  

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