Having been called a Little Englander again, I always wondered why it was said disparagingly. My understanding was that it meant that England should stand on her own in world affairs and that means out of the EU for a start.
And if other home countries want to have their own parliament, then we should have Westminster as ours. It’s not as deep in me as in others but fair’s fair – what’s good for one …
Now is that a Little Englander? If so, then I’m proud to acknowledge it.
So I thought that before posting, it might be as well to have my facts straight and Wiki was the obvious choice. Imagine my horror at reading this:
Arthur Ponsonby wrote of the Liberal Party leader Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman’s reputation for his opposition to the Boer War: “The impression one got of him from the Press in those days was… that he was an unpatriotic Little Englander”.
Unpatriotic? Unpatriotic is the Labour Party [which is beholden to the Internationale], unpatriotic are the Lib Dems who want the EU to milk us of everything British and split up England. Supporting England is unpatriotic?
And there was more:
Little Englander is also, colloquially speaking, an epithet applied in criticisms of English people who are regarded as xenophobic and/or overly nationalistic and are often accused of being “ignorant” and “boorish”.
Who wrote this guff? Boorish? By supporting England as an entity?