Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on June 20, 2010
There’s been a lot of talk in the media and the UK in general in the last two decades of how the English are apparently shamed in to – or told by the powers that be – to not showing any patriotic feeling as it offends minorities in England. The usual given example of this is how the English aren’t allowed to celebrate their national day and display the flag of Saint George. That’s strange, because most English people don’t even know when England’s national day is. Anyway, let’s just carry on under the assumption that they are shamed in to and told not to display the flag because it offends certain people. If that is true why do most English display the flag when the national football team play in the World Cup or European Cup?
Surely if they are so shamed they wouldn’t show any kind of patriotism on a sports day if they wont show any on a national day? Well… it turns out they do. I haven’t got much idea why the English only get patriotic when it’s football or sports time, but the flags come out and are hung from nearly every available space and the patriotic feeling rises and a togetherness, almost carnival, atmosphere develops. It’s what I like to call ‘Football Patriotism’, the only time the English seem to celebrate being English and break out the flag of Saint George. It is nice to see but some of the people who display these flags are the same type that are always talking England down and saying they’re going to migrate to Spain or some other European destination while retaining their English identity as soon as they can. Of course they cite the sate of the country and the influx of immigrants as the cause of them leaving, well aren’t they doing the same thing when they move abroad?
I’m going off topic, so back to it, why do the English feel they can only celebrate this way? Do people really feel they can’t celebrate any other aspect of being English other than when our national team plays it’s national sport that the English invented? Have they been shamed and told so many times in the last twenty years that being English doesn’t matter anymore and that there’s nothing to be proud of that they only show their patriotic side using the only thing that’s English that hasn’t been demonised and branded “racist”?
What do you think about it? Is it just a simple out pouring of Patriotism during the World Cup or is there more to it?