By Duncan Davies
This piece was written on 23 April; scan your diary with a magnifying glass and you will be reminded that this is St George’s Day. Do not expect the mainstream media and its liberal/hippie/left wing followers to celebrate this occasion. For them, it’s fashionable to be ashamed of being English, and still more ashamed of being British.
Left-wing conformity is at its most absurd when we are asked to “apologise” for episodes in British history such as the slave trade or the British Empire. This appears to be a peculiarly British neurosis; you don’t catch the French apologising for the Norman Conquest or the Italians seeking to compensate the descendants of British families enslaved by Rome. Even more ridiculous is the notion that the British were responsible for the actions of former colonies when they became independent. The mainstream media claim that it was our fault that the Indian empire and other colonies (even ones as close to Europe as Cyprus) descended into violence when we left. It is also our fault, apparently, that recent action to liberate Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan from obnoxious local regimes ended badly. Nobody in fashionable metropolitan society would dare suggest that the fault lay with the natives.(Editor’s Note:- Obviously the writer meant to state ‘the indigenous populations’.) It would be “racist” to suggest that they were too immature and too stupid to seize the benefits of civilisation when presented with them.
It is pointless and facile to sit in judgment upon the past. History must be studied in relation to the standards of its time. For centuries English countryfolk persecuted birds of prey and shot wild fowl because they had to survive the winter without supermarkets, freezers and strawberries imported from Chile. Just wait for Countryfile to issue an official apology to the osprey and the dark-bellied Brent Goose.
This is not to say that British history is without its darker pages. Portillo – Conservative minister turned dapper metropolitan liberal – was particularly critical of Sir Colin Campbell, who executed some of the more prominent Indian Mutineers by firing them from the muzzle of his artillery pieces. One must agree that Sir Colin should have known better. Expensive ammunition should not have been wasted in this way.
St George’s Day is a good chance for us to revisit our English traditions, which should be jealously guarded from left wing/liberal/hippie revisionism. If it is our tradition to black up for Morris dancing we should be free to preserve it, if we wish. We should also revisit the concept of patriotism, and the concept of treason. It is time that the BBC stopped fawning upon European Union officials and British politicians who are conspiring with them against the interests of the British electorate. To revive some of the more spectacular outcomes traditionally meted out to traitors on Tower Hill might inhibit free speech; in any case, it would hardly be practicable for Kenneth Clark to be hung, drawn and quartered. The quarters would be enormously heavy and ‘elfinsafety’ would spoil the pageant by insisting upon special lifting gear. We can, however, express our disgust by burning Ken in effigy, together with Blair, Major, Mandelson and the rest of them.
Forget November 5th – the right moment for the Empire to strike back would be St George’s day.