My last blog about the ‘Windrush Generation’ draw a few raised eyebrows from certain quarters, this blog is going to require a diaper for some!! Hold tight!
I woke this morning to see Nigel Farage, and some young black guy debating St Georges day, which it happens to be today. For those of you who do not know who Saint George is well I will give you a quick run down.. First he was Turkish, and their were no dragons, and your going to have to trust me on that one! So he is about as English, as St Patrick was Irish? (He wasn’t Irish?). Nigel Farage was saying we should celebrate today, and the English flag!
Now some in the UK, will be slightly confused by the above image, some will note that it doesn’t have the words ‘ENGLAND’ or bear ‘THREE LIONS’
Now it’s the patron saint of England’s day, so why would there be a debate about this day, and the flag. I key reason is why Nigel Farage, who has some very radical views, on immigration, and we can say very Pro-Brexit! Also Parties, like his former party BNP have used this flag in a very right-wing context. The defunct ‘National Front’ made this flag a symbol for their party, and for those who shared their beliefs, and parties, of the same ilk have used the flag also in a similar fashion. So it was logical, and more-so this week when we again learn more from the Government with regards the ‘Windrush’ debacle. I shall say this, and end the ‘Windrush’ debate! Our current Government, can try to pass the buck, and say that they are not at fault.. Bullshit! Regardless, of lost/destroyed Landing cards, or anything else…
In the last 40 plus years, there have been at least 5 Census’s, at which stage everyone gives details which, will have been more than sufficient to clarify any status, or the fact of Citizenship? Or is that too easy… So Mrs May, you can no longer dodge the bullet.. Just fix it, and compensate the people involved.
Back to the Flag and the Turk! As I explained above, there has been very little for ethnic minorities to see today, that they should be flying this flag, from the top of their homes. Now people around the world, may find this whole situation a little odd.. So I shall explain for those of you who live in a normal country with one flag..
Great Britain is made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales. No the dragon on the Welsh Flag has nothing to do with George’s Dragon.. I did point this out earlier! never the less. A black Scotsman (yeah, there are black ones there). Can wear his flag with pride! As could a Welshman, and yes indeed, there are Black Paddy’s whom can also fly their National flag with pride! Now picture this.. Me walking down Brixton High Street waving an English Flag. I am not too sure, who would give me a beating first.. But rest assured the ‘Brothers’ Wouldn’t be best pleased!!
I want to make it very clear, I was born in England, and within the sound of Bow Belles. which makes me more of a Londoner than ‘Jim Davison’ and more to the point, more of an Englishman than Nigel Farage! But much as I would like to celebrate this flag, and what it should stand for in my country, unfortunately I cannot celebrate the day! Much as I am grateful for all the dragon slaying! It doesn’t take away from the fact that I am British, and until the people of England, take back their flag, so that all creeds, colours, and races, can pick up the flag, and wave it in celebration of being English regardless of Colour. Being British is the best we can hope for! My passport say’s British Citizen, Not English National, and my pride for my country isn’t based on a flag! But a belief that being British means something around the World, Being English, is a statement!
Now, I know some are going to say that I am letting the racist win, far from it.. I have had to deal with people who see this flag as a racist symbol, for most of my life. And I see it in different connotations, every Saturday at West Ham’s Stadium? I have also be in the old stadium, when the flag was used as a warning that although we would suffer Black players, Black fans where a step too far.. Unless you could punch a skinhead or too! Those days thankfully are over (ish). But the memories are still fresh for some, I remember this same flag being burned by people, who saw it as a symbol of the National Front!
I am proud to be British, and it’s not a status I would give up lightly. Am I am happy to fly the Union Jack from my flag pole! But when it comes to celebrating my English Heritage, I am going to have to pass on that one. And many of my community feel the same way, and if you ask the question the reason will be the same? Try it? You don’t need too!! You know I am right, and that’s the shame.
St George’s day, should be a national holiday, but until you we take back our flag 60% of England, won’t be able to celebrate the day.
You know what to do..
HOLLA AT ME!!