Think they meant Warmington-on-Sea rather than Leigh-on-Sea
Made the mistake of looking at a Guardian article. Wish I hadn’t. Some prat going on about Little Englanders being everything bad:
Run through the attributes of the little Englander and they aren’t so very different from those of the English Defence League.
Er … and what? I suppose, in Guardian terms, that was meant to be a slur.
Preservation of old-fashioned English values …
Yes – again, and what?
the flag of St George hanging from every public building
Pride in one’s community, as the Americans have. Yes?
and greengrocers with English accents selling cox’s apples in imperial measures.
I don’t see what the man is going on about – is he somehow saying these things are bad or something?
Except the EDL can’t be little Englanders because they are the wrong class. The EDL are the working classes: many of them will be shaven-headed football supporters. A little Englander wouldn’t be seen dead doing either.
Hang on, why has he introduced class into it after he himself has made the connection between EDL and Little Englander? I thought we were talking about Little Englanders, a geographical and national term?
Nor though can a little Englander hope to be one of the upper classes, though they too often share many of the same concerns: excessive interference from Brussels, the erosion of important traditions such as fox hunting and the abolition of droit de seigneur.
This man has class on the brain.
Yet the upper classes are Tory grandees; never little Englanders.
OK, that one we can debate sometime. But oh dear, here we go:
Little Englanders aren’t just small-minded; they have small lives too.
Wot, all of ‘em?
Small but worthwhile, in a limited fashion. They can aspire to be bank managers from Walmington-on-sea; hotel owners from Torquay; golf club members from anywhere in the home counties – but nothing more than that.
This man really has a problem, does he not? In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, apart from being disloyal to his own country which has given him sustenance, he attacks its values and any who would defend that land. He detests the bourgeoisie who keep him safe and in work yet doesn’t mind dipping the hand in and enjoying some of the prosperity.
There’s a word beginning with hyp … hypoc … no, can’t think of it, twas on the tip of the tongue.
And he’s a class bigot, as his very next words [no sub-editing done here] reveal:
How apt that terms of bigotry should be riddled with class snobbery.
He brings in class, no one else has, he brings in snobbery, no one else has – and then he speaks of other people’s class consciousness and bigotry.
Pity we have people like this in the country. However, spose we have to put up with him because our values which he despises – freedom of speech and pride in our heritage, demand we let him prattle on to the dwindling Guardianisti.
Hands up if the Guardian is one of the first three things you read in the morning?