Friday, 29 February 2008

It's been going on for 300 years....

I read the following in today's Daily Telegraph :

Childhood 'is being ruined by PC culture'
Parents feel children's lives are being 'systematicaly undermined' by politically correct attitudes and the health and safety culture, according to a Government-backed report.
They say their sense of identity is being lost because it is no longer acceptable 'to be proud of English culture and Englishness' , the study said.
Some parents said their children had been sent home from school for wearing clothes bearing the St George Cross. Others said there had been a decline in community spirit as local authorities refused to stage events such as May Day celebrations.
....The findings came in a series of in-depth interviews with parents in 14 parts of England commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
The study, by marketing firm Counterpoint, was carried out following claims in a UNICEF report last year that British children were among the unhappiest in the West.

What struck me about this report is that it used the term 'English'. My God, the mainstream media actually acknowledges our existence! Usually the term is 'British'. It didn't take until the advent of political correctness for the English to be denied their identity - it started in 1707, when England was, without popular mandate, swallowed up into something called Great Britain. Suddenly we were all 'British', regardless of the fact that many of us were not of Romano-British or Brythonic descent. The English had been discouraged to assert themselves as just that long before the liberal-left came along - about 300 years, in fact.