Unworthy England’s Lost Prize

NATIONAL MYTH

“God bless us, every one!” Tiny Tim, in A Christmas Carol, 1843, by Charles Dickens

This fortress built by Nature for herself,
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands;
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England

Shakespeare, Richard II, c. 1595

 NATIONAL TASK

We have to convince all other countries that the Nazi tyranny is going to be finally broken.

The right to guide the course of world history is the noblest prize of victory….The task which lies before us immediately is at once more practical, more simple and more stern.

I hope – indeed, I pray – that we shall not be found unworthy of our victory if after toil and tribulation it is granted to us.

For the rest, we have to gain the victory.

That is our task.
Winston Churchill, ‘The Few’, August 20th, 1940

NATIONALIST REALITY

Reported in

The Northern Echo

Muslim man says he was beaten in Durham for saying ‘Merry Christmas’

The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it,
malice may distort it, but there it is.
Winston Churchill, May 17th 1916.

4 comments on “Unworthy England’s Lost Prize

  1. […] Something has gone very wrong in our country, and like a terminally ill person in denial of their mortality, about half the British public aren’t admitting it. Such things don’t happen in Britain, they believe. It’s only other nations that commit atrocities, build concentration camps, persecute innocent people. “It wouldn’t happen here”. It is happening here. […]

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Thatcher was also my most reviled politician, not only because I was directly involved with confronting her government during a long and bitter industrial action, but also because she destroyed the heritage of social housing, and replaced it with greed and avarice.
    Unlike Churchill, she was from the middle classes, one of those shopkeepers that Napoleon despised. Her rise to power signalled the emergence of those from that same background, and the demise of the organised working classes. It was always going to be in a downward spiral from there. I have rarely genuinely hated anyone in my long life, but where she was concerned that hatred burned inside me, and still does. x

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  3. PJR says:

    I am relieved you “Liked” and Shared despite the accidental hero, Churchill. As with many great writers, artists, and actors, the nasty little person is transcended by a great talent – in his case, prophetic oratory.

    The Churchill Paradox is at the heart of English national myth and identity, don’t you think? If we can’t acknowledge it, we’ll never understand history or ourselves. So obnoxious (imperialist, militarist, hierarchist etc etc) and so necessary for national survival at a single point in time.

    My contempt is reserved for Thatcher – I obstinately refuse to accept she was historically necessary (or was she, oh god??) – beyond representing an ugly set of prevailing populist/bourgeois values – I think her era, and the present Conservative Government’s, are toxic aberrations.

    If Heseltine says we need a Labour Government, it must be true! X

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  4. beetleypete says:

    Shared on Twitter.
    (Even though Churchill was quoted, a self-serving aristocratic politician who I have always despised.)
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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