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England’s national flag – a red St George cross on a white background – was once somewhat hijacked by far-right groups. The fact that we claimed it back from them a long time ago seems lost on many who still wrongly associate it with a racist flag.
Nationalism is not an evil unless or until it takes an extreme form such as the Nazis of the 1930’s and 40’s.
In politics, the extreme left is just as bad as the extreme right.
Extremes are bad, nationalism is not necessarily bad.
Pride in one’s country and the flag is a good thing.
Flying the English flag to support your national football team is a good thing. Flying the English flag on St Georges Day is a good thing.
Showing you are proud to be English is a good thing.
Yet left-wing commentators hate it. They claim it excludes people who are not English. Well, obviously it does. And the problem is?
Oddly, left-wing people generally support Scottish and Welsh nationalism yet hate English nationalism. Consistency is clearly lost on them.
In Britain, our governments have always found English nationalism problematic. Why is anyone’s guess?
I am, and will always be, an English nationalist.
I don’t say ‘Great Britain’ if asked where I’m from, I say ‘England’.
I am proud to be British but prouder still to be English.
Occasionally local councils with sizeable immigrant populations have been known to ask people flying the St George flag to remove it.
I am delighted to say people usually decline and leave it proudly flying.
We are all aware that the far right once tried to hijack our flag. We’ve got it back.
If our left had their way they would be handing it back to the far right – and that just isn’t going to happen.
The English flag is ours. It is a part of every Englishman and woman.
The far right may claim it. The left may hate it. Football hooligans may use it.
It matters not. It belongs to us. To our country. To England. Always has, always will.