I was sad to read the results of a recent survey that found the English to be the least patriotic people in Europe, at least in the sense that they did not know when St. George's Day is, and would not fly the Cross of St. George for fear of appearing racist, or politically incorrect. Six percent said they were actually scared to fly the flag, and many were afraid that they would be told to take it down. By whom? one might ask. This amorphous fear of doing the wrong thing in someone's eyes and being judged, possibly attacked or even prosecuted, is eating away at the heart of England. Can you imagine such a thing 50 years ago? Englishmen were proud and independent then, not to be told what to do by an overpowering state.
This is a dreadful indictment of our society and what it has been reduced to. The English have perhaps never felt the need to show overt patriotism: just being English was enough, without making a great show of it. Now, however, with the European Union doing its best to erode our sovereignty and reduce us to just another "zone" of Europe, with our own politicians working against us, and political correctness extending its dead hand ever further over our national life, it is becoming more and more important that we should hold on to our English identity. The English ARE patriotic, but in the present climate they are afraid of being seen to be so. Is that not a sad and terrible thing?
Be proud of being English! You have drawn first prize in the lottery of life.
St. George's Day is on Friday, 23rd April.