"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 3 August 2009

How Others See Us

I'm definitely stretching a point by posting this on Positive News Day but it shows that someone's noticed the state we're in:

"...because of the historical, social, and cultural debt America owes England, we ought to restrain ourselves from grabbing it by its unfashionably wide and shiny lapels and shaking it while shouting “WHAT THE FUCK, ENGLAND, WHAT THE FUCK? DOES THE MAGNA GODDAMN CARTA RING A BELL? DON’T YOU REMEMBER SIR THOMAS’ MOORE’S SPEECH ABOUT THE LAWS FROM ‘A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS?’”

"Instead, we ought to sit down and find respectful, supportive, and constructive ways to probe England’s bizarre behavior. We ought to ask France and Spain about whether they’ve noticed anything odd, and perhaps see if Belgium will nip over and check in on England when we are away for the weekend to make sure it hasn’t fallen in the tub or something.

"Because England seems, in an apparent rush of dotage, to be plunging into a society ripped from a derivative graphic novel.

"Specifically, England seems to have successfully terrified itself into piling on some of the trappings, if not the reality, of a police state."

Pop over to Popehat for two intriguing articles - it's well worth it.

The Thomas More speech referred to is, I think, this one, which kicks in at about 2.25:
Or it could be the much simpler: "Silence gives consent".

UPDATE: With thanks to Edgar for this link from Australia: Britain: the first modern soft totalitarian state. "If you are a black vegetarian Muslim asylum-seeking one-legged lesbian lorry driver, I want the same rights as you."
American & Australia look on Britain with a mixture of horror and despair. It really is time for British people to 'Just Say No'.


  1. Very powerful video. We should indeed hold onto the laws that protect us.

  2. Hi Opie,it's getting increasingly difficult over here with this government. I liked finding the article on an American blog though - we need all the help we can get!

  3. Maybe you've seen this from Australi, last April.

  4. No, I hadn't Edgar, thanks for that - it makes quite chilling reading. I've posted the link as an update.


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