The Fifth Of July

All the fuss yesterday about July the Fourth has got me thinking about English nationalism.

There is, in fact, very little of it.

I would like to believe that this lack of tribalism was down to the English being a particularly enlightened people with high moral principles. However, I have a suspicion that it is the result of the fact that every single English person, from cradle to grave, believes themselves to be superior, as individuals, to all those foreign people in the rest of world, so we just have no need for a strong national identity to big ourselves up. Patriotism is for people who doubt themselves and we are all far too arrogant to need it.

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