There is a report that school children might be required to swear an allegiance to the Queen and promise to obey the law. What nonsense is this? Okay some countries do have oaths of allegiance, and fair enough. But Britain has never had such things.
The reason for the idea is obvious. Try anything to repair the damage done to society over recent years by liberals going too far. But this cheap attempt to cement over the cracks is just another example of the government having no idea what is wrong with Britain.
What is wrong is that we’ve been conditioned to hate British culture and everything traditional. A sense of nationhood and tradition has a purpose. It works like a social ‘glue’ that keep all the bits together.
It doesn’t mean that we have to be insular, or discriminatory towards other cultures that share our country. It simply means there can be a sense of cohesion above the varied cultures.
Without this, society becomes compartmentalized, and nothing relates to anything else, and people end up with no meaning and no responsibility. If we want to fix it, don’t look for more cheap tricks from elsewhere.
Rather, remember who the British are. They’re British, regardless of gender, race, colour or creed. And to feel British as well as what else you are is no bad thing. Indeed, it is essential.
© Anthony North, March 2008