Saturday, 24 April 2010
Happy St George's Day
I know it is a day late, but I was busy celebrating St George's day yesterday.
There are some on the left who like to engage with the crazy posture politics of not supporting England in the World Cup and rejecting anything to do with the country.
I have no time for such childishness. Billy Bragg outlined in 'Progressive Patriot' that we can be socialist and love our country. In fact, one of the reasons that some are turning to fascism is due to the fact that left-wingers are seen to hate our country.
We love our country not for the Queen or the empire, but for it's people and it's countryside, it's history and it's culture. I leave you the lyrics of what should be England's national anthem, 'Jerusalem' by William Blake;
" And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In Englands green & pleasant Land"
For England and Saint George!
Vote now for Jerusalem to be our song at the Commonwealth games at https://survey.yougov.com/vTFYGZJhkV3q6Z
It would be another step towards adopting it as our national anthem.