Now, I am firmly of the opinion that violent mass murders should not be given the time of day, so that means you shouldn’t expect a blog post on the killings in Norway, nor any platitudes about how awful it is, nor any analysis into what it really means. I don’t think people should show his photo, mention his name, or publicise his views, because frankly it might in some small way encourage someone else. Nobody should try to turn this guy into a Martyr.
However, he has brought to my attention the ludicrous opinion of Jeremy Clarkson that “[England] the only country in the world where the national flag is deemed offensive.”
Look at this photo…
Oh, and this one, including a brown person all not offended…
Look at this high-res image too. It is full of flags, because flags are not offensive. You get the idea by now surely.
People who don’t fly the Union Jack or St George are not “worried about the PC Brigade” or “worried about offending someone.” The lack of flying is a sign that flying flags all the time is just a bit vulgar, a bit passé, dare I say a bit American, and just not something the English have ever been particularly interested in.
It is not deemed offensive, it has just never been something the English have done for its own sake. Give us a party, or a new country, and lo and behold!, we start flying flags, but only as appropriate.
Jay-sus-ker-rice-st. You’d have thought someone who bangs on about Englishness would have noticed the fundamentally self-effacing nature of the English national character. I can’t believe this “flags are offensive these days” meme hasn’t been taken down already.
Flags aren’t offensive, they’re just a bit lame.