Are we being prepared for a British rebranding of the English football team?

! 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.

For years the BBC pursued a policy of denigrating England and suppressing any sense of English national pride or identity. They were eventually forced into changing their attitude towards England by a series of public embarrassments and criticisms that I’m proud to say I played a part in.

It seems that ITV have decided to fill the anti-English void left by the BBC directing marginally less hate towards England though. They have started conflating English and British like the BBC used to and promoting Britishness whilst portraying Englishness as something dirty an dangerous. Their coverage of England’s football matches this week shows the lengths they’ll go to to promote Britishness.

ITV British flag at England gameITV British flag at England game

There were hundreds of English flags in the crowd in the game against Ecuador on Wednesday but ITV managed to find an English flag with a union flag in the corner that they zoomed in on while the British national anthem was played for the English team before panning round the England fans and finally finishing on the flag again but zoomed out so you could see the whole thing.

If it was an isolated incident you could dismiss it as crap camera work but it happened again tonight before the Honduras game – they managed to find what must have been the only union flag amongst the thousands of English flags in the crowd to zoom in on while they played the British national anthem again.

If I was a suspicious person I might wonder if we were being prepared for a rebranding of the English team bearing in mind FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s well known opposition to an English team, the British government’s desire for a British football team and the FA’s willingness to run the Team GB football team for the Olympics despite the very sensible opposition from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FAs. I don’t trust the FA, I don’t trust the British government and I don’t trust FIFA. There is more to this than meets the eye.


  1. Indepenendent England (1 comments) says:

    I don’t think the BBC/ITV have their own cameras at the WC so maybe it is just some dimwitted US cameraman who thinks the Union Flag is the English flag? On the plus side, given the vast number of CoSG’s at the English matches, it will be impossible to hide them from viewers!

  2. Daggs (55 comments) says:

    The dim-witted are those who go to watch England and take and display a Union flag. I would have thought the most un-educated knew the difference by now.

    • Bob McMahon (14 comments) says:

      Maybe those people who insist on displaying the ‘Union’ rag are Brit plants. You always find one or two, whatever sport it is.

      • Simon M (30 comments) says:

        Many of them are Rangers fans from Scotland and N.Ireland. There have always been fans from those two countries following England to major tournaments. The toxic “British” brand has been allowed to pollute English footballing culture and support for too long.

  3. Bob Anglorum (86 comments) says:

    The mongrel flag as it was originally called can not really fool anyone with a brain. The “British” are the idiots for using it, and as for creating a “British” football team, good luck with that, neither the Welsh or Scots will tollerate such nonsense and thats before you mention the English.

    Clearly English football is being sabotaged from within the system, thats why the team has become so crap at tournamemts, but that situation wont last forever, and I would still rather watch a crap England team than a fake bull shit “British” team. And I think many of the Scots and Welsh will say ditto. When are the British idiots going to learn, it’s over, wonko should discover the real reason why GB was formed, that would be a strange story to tell indeed.

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