What England means to me

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

A few years ago if you’d asked me my nationality I’d have said I was British. If you’d gone on to ask me if I was sure I wasn’t English I’d have told you that of course I was English because I was born in England but I was British. I’d probably have given you a funny look.

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  1. Aaron (72 comments) says:

    Great little piece. Bravo. Particularly loved “It’s about not liking the French but liking French people.” Absolutely classic, and of course spot on. Bloody Frenchies…

    Obviously the precise politics add a bit of a twist, but just on a personal level, I don’t think that the two are entirely incompatible. I’m proud to be British. I’m proud of what we – as the collective three constituent countries – have achieved. I consider myself to be British, and happily so. But even more than that, and primarily, I consider myself to be English. English born, English bred, English until the day I die. I cannot imagine myself living in any other country, and never will.

    English first, British second. European is at the very bottom of the chain of course, but that really goes without saying.

    Quite clearly the greatest country in the world, of that I have no doubt. 🙂

    To borrow a quote from Sir Winston, “There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is ENGLAND.”

  2. axel (1214 comments) says:

    I whole heartedly agree but making the obvious tartan clad word for myserlf and own peculiarities 😉

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