View Poll Results: Your views on identity:-
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- 23-04-2012, 19:14 #1
Flags and identity: Are the English more civilised?
" The key finding is that only a slim majority, six out of ten, of the English associate their national flag with pride and patriotism, compared with 84 per cent in Scotland and 86 per cent in Wales. Worse, 24 per cent, including one in three of the under 40s, think of racism and extremism when they see the St George's Cross."
New Statesman - The politics of English identity"As we moved slowly through the outskirts of the town we passed row after row of little grey slum houses running at right angles to the embankment. At the back of one of the houses a young woman was kneeling on the stones, poking a stick up the leaden waste-pipe which ran from the sink inside and which I suppose was blocked. I had time to see everything about her - her sacking apron, her clumsy clogs, her arms reddened by the cold. She looked up as the train passed, and I was almost near enough to catch her eye." Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier
- 23-04-2012, 19:33 #2
Whenever I see a St George's Cross on display outside a UK residence, the residence always seems to be in a shit hole council estate.
There should be more recognition given to the patriotism of these council house dwellers instead of the negative press reports about their invariable benefit fraud.
The gopping pikey bastards."Two in the goo, one in the poo".
- 23-04-2012, 19:40 #3
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- Dec 2009
Living in northern Ireland as I do during a certain summer celebration that big amoung some of us over here I put several flags out to celebrate my British identity one of which is a saint George's flag on account of me being half English and I am not a pikey and I am gainfully employed
- 23-04-2012, 19:47 #4
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- Apr 2012
- 23-04-2012, 19:51 #5
Badger Heed "the residence always seems to be in a shit hole council estate".....IIRC that describes Gateshead perfectly
My flag comes out every St Georges Day and I live in the country!!! Shit hole council estate, indeed!!!!
- 23-04-2012, 19:51 #6
- 23-04-2012, 19:56 #7
My St George's flag is proudly displayed in tattooists ink on my back. It takes pride of place nestled neatly between the "Mutha & Fatha" memorial scrolls on each shoulder blade.
I look quite the business when waddling down my litter strewn street whence taking my two Staffordshire breed canines for their daily dalliances.
"Ingerlaaand"!"Two in the goo, one in the poo".
- 23-04-2012, 20:10 #8
I sadly lost my old flag a couple of years ago when I proudly displayed it over the RHQ clock at Fally - however I have a new one ..........
- 23-04-2012, 20:14 #9
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- Dec 2009
I am quite strict on the flying of my
Flags 1st of July till the last Saturday of August. Nothing worse then seeing flags reduced to rags cause they have been left out to long. When I was growing up in England, patriotism was frowned upon. It seemed the English was out of fashion because we were all Europeans and being English smacked of the imperialism and we were not like that anymore. When I moved to northern Ireland I didn't return to England for 10 Years ( on account of easy jet and ryan air not being invented) so it was nice when i did get back it was nice to
See all the England flags.
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- 23-04-2012, 20:24 #10
BH, when I worked in Gateshead I stayed in Wickham...good pub there called the Bay Horse - cracking grub and a good pint. That was a few years ago now...I had some good times up there, I tell you