The Curmudgeon


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Britishness Skittishness

So great has been the moral progress of our education system that the University of Winchester now has a Centre for English Identity and Politics, which apparently was set up in order to keep the drivelling New Labour flunkey John Denham from toddling about and getting himself into trouble. Denham has been blathering for years about Englishness, Britishness and the need to bribe the white working class away from their natural racist bigotry, and he is now blathering about some YouGov data which shows what most of us have known for a long time; viz. that after years of writhing theological debate on the meaning of Britishness, very few people have much idea what it means, and almost certainly care less. It also appears that people who feel more English are more likely to have voted to leave the EU, which shows that if you ask two stupid questions you are likely to get two stupid answers. Again, in order to need telling this by a YouGov survey one would really have to belong to the Gove-Denham brand of intellectual firebucket or to the Tristram Hunt faction of the Farage Falange, rather than to those metropolitan elites which constitute the reality-based portion of the human species.


  • At 11:38 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Declaration of interest: I worked with John Denham on a number of occasions in the dim and distant past, and I was quite impressed with his outlook and campaigning skills. His new gig at Winchester is however a complete puzzle.

    I had understood that, after leaving politics, he planned to research the possibilities of re-balancing the UK economy away from financial services and towards actually making things. Possibly there wasn't any money for that, but there was money for researching the concept of English identity.


  • At 9:07 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    It seems to be the common lot among New Labour's elder statesbeings that they meant to lead useful post-parliamentary lives and were doomed by their harsh and desperate circumstances to lead profitable ones instead.

    Many of Denham's public pronouncements seem to have been concerned with the Brown administration's writhing triangulations on the nature of Britishness, which did so much to counter the rise of the Farage Falange.

  • At 3:58 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I also suspect that Pa Broon is an important part of this story.



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