Thoughts on Jeremy Clarkson

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.

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9 thoughts on “Thoughts on Jeremy Clarkson

  1. I think he meant the Saint George flag. I can’t look at that flag without thinking of the EDL and football hooligans. It has been hijacked by idiotic nationalists.

    1. Plenty of photos of normal people waving the St George too.

      Its not so much its been hijacked, just that few others can actually see the point in flying it.

  2. I would tend to agree with Nikki Jayne. The Saint George flag is the English flag – the Union Jack represents the whole union. Go back to the 1970s and I think you will find the use of the Saint George flag rare. I certainly do not recall it and grew up in an age where the Union Jack was the only flag and it didn’t occur that a specifically English flag was needed. By then the Union Jack had been hijacked by the National Front. The Saint George flag then came into its own – particularly at England international football matches. Now that flag is associated with today’s hooligan nationalists i.e. the EDL.

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  4. “flying flags all the time is just a bit vulgar, a bit passé, dare I say a bit American, ”

    Good grief!!! Are Americans the only ones to fly flags? Oh, how vulgar!!! Hang on, what’s that one fluttering from the building across the road……I do believe that’s the Spanish flag. Yes definitely the Spanish flag. Like the Spanish flag that’s hanging from every official building in this country, most of it’s hotels & half the restaurants.
    D’you know, it’s just like France where it’s any excuse to wave le tricolor, or Belgium. And Holland’s really keen on its flag & Denmark & Sweden & Germany &……..
    This American vulgarity gets everywhere doesn’t it?

    1. But the point is, the English, or British if you must, have never been that into flag flying.

      Most other countries aren’t that keen on their flag as the Americans, they sweat allegiance to it at times.

      Please don’t take this as some poor anti-Americanism, they are just more into outward displays of emotion than the English are. You want to dispute that?

  5. IMO flags are offensive. Their primary purpose is as a rallying-point in battle. Every formal use of a flag derives from that purpose. Up until Queen Victoria’s time, a private individual flying the Union Jack could be prosecuted. A lot of cheap flags were sold for the Diamond Jubilee, and the law could not have been enforced. It was quietly repealed some time later. The English reluctance to fly the flag, other than on public occasions, could have something to do with a lingering sense of illegality. No, I’m not keen on flags. At very least a flag says “We are here! What are you going to do about it?”

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