England Must Celebrate

A grievance infrastructure has well and truly taken root in England – one that is anything but representative of our nation’s patriotic and traditional minorities. 

Including the likes of Narinder Kaur – whose finest public achievement to date is failing to make the 30-day mark on Big Brother 2, yet continues to be invited by mainstream media outlets to talk on sensitive matters of English history and contemporary race relations – England’s grievance infrastructure is characterised by a fundamental loathing of our great nation.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain (GMB), prolific race-baiter Kaur offered the ridiculous view that “England has nothing to celebrate” because of slavery and colonialism – but then proceeded to say that the United States had much reason to celebrate. Yes, that peace-loving country which is a bastion of racial equality. As Professor Alan Rice explained, during the Second World War, African-American troops were welcome to enjoy English pubs in mixed company – to the horror of US Army authorities. For these pub landlords in 1940s England, black troops from across the pond were to be welcomed – Jim Crow laws weren’t.

England is by no means perfect. The horrors of the British Empire should not be whitewashed from the pages of history – but neither should it be presented as an exclusively English endeavour, with the involvement of Scotsmen and Welshmen often being overlooked. But in the spirit of balance, we should not ignore the fact that William Wilberforce – a Yorkshireman – was at the heart of the movement to abolish the slave trade. And there is no doubting that England has played its part in defeating European fascism – at great human cost.

In the post-Empire era, England has established itself as a shining example of an advanced inclusive society. The country’s racial, ethnic, and religious minorities can rely on some of the most robust anti-discrimination protections in the world. Its market economy caters for a diversity of religiously- and culturally-inspired preferences. I am proud to belong to England – a nation that has plenty of reasons to celebrate.