Sounds great doesn't it?
I am for electoral reform but like with every political decision it brings numerous problems as well as resolutions.
The best thing in my opinion that happened this Election was that the nauseating British National Party ended up with no seats in Parliament. However, worryingly they received 563,743 votes, which in a PR system would have landed them with 12 seats. A party widely condemned by the sane majority in Britain today. Whenever I see that "Who do you think you are" programme on BBC1 I always wish we could put every member of this discriminatory and largely racist (NB "they're not racist") party through it and teach the fuck wits about their so called "indigenous" British race. I do not like the idea of having 12 of these neanderthals in our Government.
Anyway election over, what else have we got going on this year?
The WORLD CUP! Hooray.
As a big football fan I love World Cup summers, impressed to see so many of our boys in the squad and am enjoying the standard English optimism where every time we are all of the general consensus that "THIS TIME IT WILL BE DIFFERENT!" Footballs coming home etc etc.
However, there is one thing that ruins my love of passionate, hot summer afternoons in the pub screaming at the television. When "people who are definitely not racist, just fair!" use their views on Britain's multi-cultural heritage and masquerade this as "English Pride"
The other day I logged onto a social networking site to see a few people that I knew at school and from my teenage years (I really need to start deleting these people that I've never even spoken to but I like to spy and seethe) had this as their status -
"COPPERS R GOIN ROUND PUBS & CLUBS SAYIN THAT WE CAN'T WEAR OUR ENGLAND TOPS 4 THE FOOTIE AND GOTTA TAKE THE FLAGS DOWN AS ITS UPSETTIN THE PEOPLE THAT DONT CUM FROM ERE!! NOW IM NOT RACIST,BUT THIS IS TAKIN THE PISS !THIS IS OUR COUNTRY & WE NEED 2 MAKE A STAND IF U/THEY DONT LIKE IT GO AWAY! WOULD U REMOVE UR TURBAN AND BURKHA COS IT UPSETS ME!!!! Post this in your status and let everyone know!!"
Ok rather than relentlessly lay in to the simply wonderful grammar and spelling of this post which would take me all day, I have a few more important points that I wish to make.
I sincerely doubt that this has ever happened, if it has there was probably a lot more to it than that. For instance, maybe someone was wearing an England shirt in a pub that had a no football shirt policy. Simple. There was a news story last night about an old dear who was "heartbroken" that the council had cruelly cut down the England flags that she hangs all over the outside of her house. Surely not, I was intrigued. Cut to a reporter outside her house that was covered, still, in England flags with twenty odd on the lawn. "Where were these flags?" the overly sympathetic reporter asked. The lady then replied something along the lines of "they went all over my house and then over the road (!!!!!!) around the lamp post then back to my side and around the house. I was heartbroken when the council cut them off the lamp post, it wasn't on anyone else bit of the road." Love, if its outside of your hedge, over paths and roads, that is not YOUR bit of the road. Her house was still covered and that was fine. I get frustrated that I haven't got much space to hang my washing but I wouldn't dream of hanging my knickers in between two lamp posts in the street as it is NOT MY SPACE.
Maybe this old dear meant to harm but I am only too aware of the sort of comments that will create, brain dead accusations such as that posted above. Its always because of "them" anyones individual responsibility, its "these immigrants, taking our jobs!" FFS, open your fucking eyes.
What makes me really upset about all this is that now, as proud to be English as I am these imbeciles have ruined it. Same as St Georges day, the simple flag is once again, as from the Skin-head culture has been hi-jacked as a way to make ill informed accusations about large groups of British society.
So all this leads me to think, what is it to be English? The type of "being English" that I identify with and am proud of -
- Drinking tea.
- Talking about the weather.
- An amazing dry sense of humour.
- The blandest food you can imagine but still love.
- Football optimism and pessimism.
- Using Cricket as an excuse to get pissed in the day
- How mental everyone goes on a sunny bank holiday
- Great history
- Stephen Fry!
- Living in a free, largely tolerant multi-cultural society.
And I bet you a whole ten pound note that the majority of these people who have these unfortunate views love nothing more than ordering a Chinese takeaway after they've returned from their holiday at their second home in Costa Del Chav where they've been going for years yet, have not learnt one word of Spanish and drink in a typically Spanish bar named the Red Lion.