Pure Poetry

From The Queen's Royal Lancers Website:

Goodbye to my England, So long my old friend
Your days are numbered, being brought to an end
To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that's fine
But don't say you're English, that's way out of line.

The French and the Germans may call themselves such
So may Norwegians, the Swedes and the Dutch
You can say you are Russian or maybe a Dane
But don't say you're English ever again.

At Broadcasting House the word is taboo
In Brussels it's scrapped, in Parliament too
Even schools are affected, staff do as they're told
They must not teach children about England of old.

Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and Shaw
The pupils don't learn about them anymore
How about Agincourt, Hastings , Arnhem or Mons ?
When England lost hosts of her very brave sons.

We are not Europeans, how can we be?
Europe is miles away over the sea
We're the English from England, let's all be proud
Stand up and be counted - Shout it out loud !

Let's tell our Government and Brussels too
We're proud of our heritage and the Red, White and Blue
Fly the flag of Saint George or the Union Jack
Let the world know - WE WANT OUR ENGLAND BACK !!!!
If you are English pass it on please
Nothing wrong with a bit of Jingoism from time to time! The poem would be better if it rhymed and scanned all the way through instead of in parts, but still, as it was ostensibly written by a Percy Pongo (and a Cavalryman at that) it's OK. Perhaps there's room for an "English National Party"; it could have a special symbol, like a broken cross or something similar, and they could all salute in a special way, say with their right arms stuck out at 45 degrees, saying "Heil Cholmondeley Old Chap!".
I have no problem with calling myself British, although English is fine too. A good many of my colleagues over decades of service in the RN were also British, whether originally from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, India, Pakistan, Nepal and many other Commonwealth countries.

If you want to be exclusively English, then don't use the Union Flag, as the Cross of St George - that well-known Lebanese(I think) - is for you. That way, you can celebrate the fact that a mainly German ancestry excluded the real Englishmen to a corner of Wales!

Now, if you're talking about celebrating the fact that we are British, I am right there with you!
NotmeChief said:
I never say British and if that is the only choice on a form, I cross it out and write English. Fcuk em.
Thinking about it on most forms you fill out u get the choice of white british
birtish other irish or welsh never scotish or english

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