ENGLISH IDENTITY

I recently had cause to travel up to Bonnie Scotland (as previously reported on this blog) for a brief sojourn in Auld Reekie.

Scotland is a very pleasant place and many Scots are excellent fellows. Part of my personal heritage comes from north of the border. At the turn of the 19th century one of my great grandfathers was John Deans Hope, the Liberal MP for West Fife and then Haddington (East Lothian) which is where the family had various farms.

However I am English and am perfectly comfortable with my Englishness. I also have to say that Edinburgh felt to me like a foreign city. Not totally alien but still foreign - different. More different from my usual haunts in Essex and London than are say Leeds or Dorset.

Foreign in a similar way as Brussels, Ostend or Strasbourg are foreign. Not quite as foreign as those places, but still foreign.

We share a common European heritage with the French, the Flemings and the Germans. The chocolate box villages of Swabia for example have much in common with the attractive rural villages that define the glorious Essex countryside. There are similarities, there are things that are familiar - yet they are different. I am lucky enough to sometimes visit these places and it is a pleasant experience. Where they the same as London and Essex then the world would be a much poorer place.

These differences should be valued. We should not I think want to be homogeneous. The differences give vitality to life. They make people who live within their cultures comfortable with their lives. It leads to harmonious civic societies. The dislocation we see in our society - with rising crime and a lack of trust between citizens is a natural consequence of the decline in shared cultural values that matured over centuries and through generations of trial and error.

So the foreignness of Edinburgh is not something that should be seen as bad. It should be applauded.

Edinburgh looked tangibly different. The people carried themselves differently. There frankly are differences between England and Scotland. It is pointless denying it. Being of part Scottish background I do not feel in the least threatened by these differences. I do not feel threatened by Scottish devolution. I do not feel that I am any the less of a person if the Union is restructured to give expression to the more localised cultures.

Indeed I would suggest that the statist denial of Englishness in favour of a less rooted and vaguer Britishness has been very harmful to the English. The English tend to be less culturally aware than the Scots and Welsh. They have been more softened up so they are less able to resist globalism and the liberal ascendency's schemes for enforced multi-culturalism and the establishment of a multi-racial state.

England as by far the biggest piece on the British board has been emasculated by the denial of Englishness in favour of vague Britishness. Within the Union, the English are those that are most under threat from extinction.

The English no longer see themselves as the hegemon. They no longer feel that they have the whip hand. They are the repressed, the dispossessed. They are the people that the liberal ascendency despises and fears in equal measure. They fear our latent strength.

Reclaiming our English identity and recognising our distinctiveness and difference is the first and most important step in our struggle for survival as a people.

22 comments:

  1. So true, so true, the Scots to really be free must vote for Independents, at a stroke we will be free from the ghastly European Union,England never had a treaty with Europe, we can have all sorts of treaties with Scotland as an independent Country holding its head high, we can be equal partners sharing a common heritage but free. Cameron's real interest is keeping us in Europe, an English state he will fight against.
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  2. 'Creation of new far-right group sparks outrage'

    By Martin Banks - 16th February 2012, The Parliament.com

    http://www.theparliament.com/latest-news/article/newsarticle/creation-of-new-far-right-group-sparks-outrage/
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  3. Strong language in the final paragraph. I don't feel the english ever felt they had the whiphand. Slavery is alien to these shores & our fellow Britons were always viewed as partners & kinsmen. The catholic Irish were both friend & foe depending on their wild mood swings. Cultural Marxism feels like a form of repression, but not Britishness. I am proud to be English,but I love everything about Britain. The real problem is the EU & the AfroIslamic invasion.
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    1. Visit any town in Britain, the Afro-Asian invasion is going full pelt, Cameron's favourite an unelected politician, Baroness Warsi a Muslim, goes to see the Pope to speak up for Christianity, apparently the head of Christianity in Britain (who looks like a character from Grimms Fairy Tales) is unable to as he is to pro Muslim. The agenda to to rid England of a species known as the English,ask Jack "Straw" (adopted surname) the English as a race are not worth saving,remember his infamous remark?.
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  4. So why were you in Scotland Eddy? Its a long way from Essex.
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  5. Former BNP candidateFeb 16, 2012 12:40 PM
    Real BRITISH nationalist is asking why Eddie has jumped on the latest bandwagon.

    Havent we BRITISH been here for the past 8000 years or so since melting of last ice age.

    The English only arrived about 1600 years ago. I have an surname which is something in old English, I look "English" but my maternal grandmother was from a little village near Dundee and I have Welsh ancestry on my dad's line.

    I was a member of the BNP until that idiot Griffin lost us votes and I view myself as BRITISH. I dont know what English means. Someone who lives in England? Someone born in England? I dont want Scotland to break away from what is a strong United Kingdom. What's the benefit of such a divorce?
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    1. English Democrats are not a bandwagon, it is called pragmatism, the English in the main do not have the luxury of time, the Scots do, Camoron is begging the Scots indeed plainly bribing them, why ? its the European project, sucking us deeper into it,cannot we build our own Power stations, he destroyed the Harrier/navy defence force to please the French who will supply most of the technical capacity for the new carriers,, if they are ever built, Cameron is slipperier than Bliar. Look up the EU map of England, there isn't one it is a land divided up into nine regions or as the French call them Compartments, Wales and Scotland are on the same map as countries.
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    2. The Scots do have some time, but if blubber chops, fuck face Salmond gets his way then we will have less time than we think. Perhaps all White English should sell their houses, come up to Scotland and reap the benefits of education, health etc. We will then charge down South and regain "our country". Fantasy, yes. But if Carlsbeg did fantasies....
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  6. 'auld reekie' refers to Aberdeen,you fool.
    you're rather good at getting things hopelessly wrong,aren't you ?.
    maybe you're a state plant too.
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    1. Auld Reekie is Edinburgh. Aberdeen is the Granite City. And you are a troll!
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  7. Interesting comments about the "foreignness" of Edinburgh, of all places? Edinburgh is probably the most Anglified of all Scottish cities, and certainly the one with the highest percentage of English people. You don't make it clear what your comments are inspired by. Or did you see what you wanted to see? Perhaps you could elaborate?
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  8. Yes I agree Eddy, with almost every word. Please restrict yourself to such positive and forward looking articles; you've wasted enough energy on the increasingly irrelevant BNP and its deranged leader. Time to move forward and it seems to me this piece is the ideal starting point.
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  9. The CPS have finally released the court records of Griffin's 1998 race hate trial to the Guardian newspaper.

    There is an article about it here -

    "Is Griffin working for the state?"
    http://southendpatriot.blogspot.com/
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  10. Replying to Feb 16th, 2.08pm.
    'Auld Reekie' is indeed Edinburgh, not Aberdeen.
    Replying to Feb 16th 12.40pm.
    That little village near Dundee wouldn't happen to be Kirriemuir, would it? My mother was born there.
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  11. Explain this Edward Butler
    Mrs Harrington is also bringing the case against the BNP’s former national elections officer, Eddy Butler, claiming sexual and religious discrimination and unfair dismissal.
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  12. I cannot help remarking that in all the years that I have known you, never once did you show any interest in "the English issue" till you came to the (of itself correct) conclusion that the BNP cannot be salvaged. Any thoughtful person's views can evolve, but the change of direction is remarkable!
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  13. Much of London now seems more foreign than Edinburgh will ever be.

    By the way, "Auld Reekie" is indeed a nickname for Edinburgh. I can't find any connection with Aberdeen, whose uninspiring nickname is "Granite City".
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  14. 'auld reekie' refers to Aberdeen,you fool.
    you're rather good at getting things hopelessly wrong,aren't you ?.
    maybe you're a state plant too.

    No it doesnt you idiot. Edinburgh is Auld Reekie, I used to live there. Now toddle along you muppet, stop making a fool of yourself.
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  15. eddy butler was negotiating a switch to the EDs a full TWO YEARS prior to his stage managed 'fall out' with griffin.
    such is his rampant ego that he thought he could join it and then take it over.
    remind you of anyone ?.


    butler,i put it to you that you are a state tout.
    your fellow freemasons have found you to be most helpful.
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  16. I put it to you that you are a deranged fantasist and a mentally challenged low achiever.
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  17. "Auld Reekie" is of course Edinburgh, as you correctly say, not Aberdeen. Edinburgh was so described in a famous poem by the great Scots poet Robert Ferguson, who died at the tragically young age of 24. Burns much admired his work.
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  18. Only one nation on this tiny island. Saying otherwise is plain wrong and potentialy very dangerous. Witness the silly games samond has played with China to get the pandas. As for Edinburgh being foreign??! Lol

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