Saturday, June 10, 2006

 

Pinning my colours to the masthead

I have to agree with Tony Ferguson here on the topic of World Cup flag-waving.

While the "PC brigade" are usually non-existant straw men used by people who want some convenient cover behind which to be racist or intolerant, there seems to have been a higher than normal amount of jobsworthiness concerning this World Cup and the St. George's Cross.

While there is an obvious correlation between the displaying of the English flag and a certain racist/xenophobic mindset (to generalise even more crassly: white van men) - that doesn't make the flag, or the Union Flag for that matter, a racist symbol. Indeed, I'm of the view that any suggestion that it is is to allow certain proto-racist "nationalists" to misappropriate what is, after all, a symbol that we all own.

Oh, and another thing - I found William Hague's German joke funny and I don't feel the slightest animosity to the Germans as a nation. So there, Denis MacShane.

Enjoy your World Cup everyone - I'm off to Manchester to watch it on the big screen!

Comments:

Your comment about this sort of political correctness allowing the racists to misappropriate the flag is spot on

 

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