The term nationalist particularly in reference to England has a very bad press with football fans, the BNP or the EDL and others describing themselves as nationalists, (though in the case of the EDL they tend to describe themselves as patriots to avoid the racial overtones of nationalist as they have no colour bar on membership) yet still many people love their country and want to see it do well either economically or sportingly so in essence are nationalists within certain limited descriptions, a sort of accidental nationalism of the kind only the English seem to have. Most are not ethnic nationalists like the BNP or National Front in that they have no colour bar to seeing someone of a different coloured skin playing sport and representing England as being English.
Now I’m a nationalist too, though I certainly don’t consider this to be an accident in any way shape or form. Am I proud to be English? Well yes in the same way that Scots are proud to be Scottish though not in the sense of feeling that England is superior to any other nation. The CEP and others describe this as civic nationalism, which to one extent political parties such as the SNP parade themselves as (despite their lunatic fringe). So my nationalism is inclusive a sort of Anglo Ergo Sum, that is anyone can be English if they accept that they are, this includes any other sub-groups such as Roman Catholics, C of E, or even Muslims shed of the more violent aspects of their religion, it doesn’t go by skin colour, religion, political persuasion or any other of the petty differences that some ethnic nationalists choose to make their group exclusive.
This is also why I’m in favour of an English Parliament, in a sense it’s about fairness, it’s not about the availability of cancer drugs or free prescriptions, how other nations spend their health budget is entirely up to them. It’s about when MP’s from other nations vote on matters (and get them passed despite a majority of English MP’s voting against them) such as University fees, and private finance initiative hospitals that only affect the English that grates.
So yes I’m a nationalist in that I think England should run its own affairs whether alone or as part of a federal UK, I’m not bothered. I don’t feel any urge to go out and conquer other nations nor dominate them politically. I’m proud of my country and its past history, yes warts and all, because it’s made us what we are, no better or worse than anyone else. Nor do I see any reason whatsoever to apologise for anything done in said past, not for slavery, not for having an empire, nor for bombing Germany during WW2 or anything else the politically correct pressure group loonies want to bring to my attention. Yes we made mistakes in the past, but then again the last guy who never made a mistake got crucified so I see no need to beat myself up on that score.
So, whilst some might see themselves as accidental nationalists, I wont, though the term has been hijacked to an extent by racial/ethnic nationalists. My nationalism is a purer form, simply a great love for this wonderful country England and the English. Not the government, not the political parties or their members, not the racists, nor the radical Islamists nor those who hate patriotism, because they don’t matter. It’s the people who want to be English who matter, who accept tolerance, love their land and who want to preserve all that is good about it who matter. From this stems my intense dislike of the EU and its plans for some sort of new Roman Empire along with its plans to homogenise all nations within as I have very little in common beyond being human with a Croat, or even a Frenchman. This is why I dislike socialism or indeed a lot of political isms in that they often ignore basic human nature or pander to the worst of it by dictatorial authoritarianism, most people just want to be left alone to get on with their lives after all and don’t want to have to deal with the state for anything.
So I’m no accidental nationalist, just not an ordinary one and I feel no pressure to be anything that I’m not, I suspect I’m not alone.
So the question that remains to be asked, is how do we stop those who insist that they have the right to tell us how to live our lives. Voting doesn’t seem to stop them, they seem to have all the guns and have made sure our troops are far away, yet it strikes me that in order to be really free we need now to break the system.
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
— Thomas Jefferson
I see no other way to do it.