Our national identity:
A Prince of Britain,
The Prince of Cambridge,
The Prince of Bermondsey
|The happy family ©Daily Telegraph 2013|
Bermondsey loves Britain: remember the many union and St George's flags fluttering from the windows of our homes and offices during the Olympics and Andy Murray's storming victory a few weeks ago? And, yesterday was no exception - even the fish and chip shop on Jamaica Road flew a union flag from its shop front!
Bermondsey isn't ashamed of its patriotism, and nor should it be. Many members of the uber middle-class revel in tinkering with our concept of nationhood, delighting in patronising and shaming the working people of Bermondsey into hiding their love of our flag, our country and its people. This is the middle-class-muck-about in full swing: destroying the spirit of working people only to replace it with a hollow liberal-nothingness.
To them, flying proudly the union flag indicates at best an idiosyncrasy, and at worst out and out racism. Demonstrating publicly an affection for and a deep love of our country is demonised: the flyers of flags decking the many estates around Bermondsey are labelled uncultured and chavs: this sort of outright discrimination would be made illegal if hurled at other groups within our society - and rightly so.
|The Daily Mail captures the hopes of Bermondsey and the natio
©Daily Mail 2013
The birth of the Prince of Cambridge challenges this seemingly unstoppable uber middle-class dogma and orthodoxy, sticking up two fingers to its outright assault on the working-class values of family, community and duty to country. To Bermondsey people, identity is tied up with the hopes, dreams and successes of our country.
|Bermondsey Coronation Party, 1953 (©bermondseyboy.net)|
The birth of the royal prince has brought joy and happiness to Bermondsey, and guess what - the uber liberal elite hate that! Enjoying their navel-gazing monologue of doom and permissiveness, anything goes, except good news and Britishness.
|Baby Prince Charles held by Princess Elizabeth|
According to a recent survey for ITV's Jonathan Dimbleby programme, 81% of Britains are in favour of keeping the monarchy (in Bermondsey that figure is probably much higher). 60% believe that the royal family is integral to national identity, and over 19 million people participated in last year's jubilee events. These figures send a clear message: don't mess with Britain - it ain't broke!
Of course, national identity is difficult to quantify and even harder to define. The Scottish Government says that 'national and cultural identity is defined by our sense of place, our sense of history and our sense of self. It is defined by what it means to be Scottish; to have an affinity to Scotland; and to be able to participate in Scottish society. It is the tie that binds people together.' At a local level this includes strong families and faith groups, community events, taking pride in one's environment and supportive relationships with neighbours. Nationally, our identity is wrapped up in many areas including national symbols and colours, sport, role models, government, heritage and history, as well as institutions such as the Royal Family. A consistent message from each of these groups, often over many generations, is vital.
©Daily Mail 2012