Many of those professing to be ‘left-wing’ (plus those claiming to be ‘unionist’) oppose nationalism, in particular English nationalism, and claim to do so by reason of being internationalists. The absurdity of this position is exposed given the widely accepted meaning of ‘internationalism’ as being “the belief in or promotion of cooperation and understanding between nations“. Of course for some unexplained (indefensible?) reason the so called ‘British nation’ is exempted from their anti-English rationale (prejudice more like).
‘Nationalism’ may be described as “strong support for and pride in one’s own country” but what is so undesirable about this? However, by definition Britain is not a nation, but a state comprising three nations: England, Scotland and Wales. So, the British ‘national anthem’ is really a state anthem, a paean to a person, namely HM The Queen. Whereas a truly national anthem relates to the nation, the ‘shared territory’ so to speak: hence “Flower of Scotland” or “Land of my fathers” or “Londonderry Air”!
The deceits about the notion of a ‘British nation’ inflicted on England and the English are innumerable.
Moreover, how can one truly be an internationalist when the one nation that one eschews is the English nation? The hypocrisy of such a position becomes clear with awareness of England and her interests being excluded from representation on a number of international bodies whilst Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are directly represented, most obviously the EU and less so, the British-Irish Council initiated by the 1998 Belfast Agreement which gives people in Northern Ireland the right to identify themselves as British or Irish or both!
From such cockeyed arrangements, who would imagine that 84% of the UK’s population are accommodated by England. Just one of the anti-English deceptions are to be seen in the map below which was extracted from the British-Irish Council’s website and which misleadingly implies that ‘England’ is represented but includes the words ‘UNITED KINGDOM’ which is actually represented. (It is arguable about whether the UK Government represents solely England [ha, ha!] or all of the UK’s components. Even so, whichever way one ‘cuts it’, Scotland’s, Wales’ and Northern Ireland’s interests are represented at least once if not twice!)
Misappropriating the term ‘Little Englander’, proponents of EU imperialism declare English nationalism to be ‘exclusive’. This is ironic given that ‘Little Englanders’ originally were those who adopted an anti-imperialist political stance dating from the time of the Second Boer War (1899–1902); it was a term often applied to the personal ideology of William Gladstone a somewhat prominent Liberal in his day! How much more ironic then that the term should have been misapplied more recently by Nick Clegg (another so called Liberal) in his last losing TV exchange with Nigel Farage!
Be in no doubt that the ‘unionist’ British Labour Party under Miliband, the British Conservative Party under Cameron, British Liberal Party under Clegg and UKIP under Farage oppose England and the English and contrive as much as possible to diminish our presence as a nation in our own long established right! They seek to reduce us to being solely ‘British’ thereby restricting our rights and liberties whilst maximising those of other people resident in England.
Numerous attempts have been and are being made to dismiss English nationalism as ‘right wing’, even ‘extreme right wing’. However, English Democrats long ago adopted the slogan: “NOT RIGHT, NOT LEFT, JUST ENGLISH!”