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chauvinist comments on nationalism
19 September 2018
Is it Corbynistic "English irony" that prevents Orwell & others of his holier than thou stance, from seeing the gorilla in the room? Like all Englishmen of his class & background (Eton/Oxford/Cambridge/stand up at Edinburgh Fringe) he does not recognise English chauvinism as a form of nationalism but only the "natural state of nature". His remarks on Scottish, Welsh & Irish nationalism are the comments of one who belongs to those born to rule, & has the right to classify who should be ruled. His attitudes can be seen today in the little Englander Labour&Tory parties, the snide pseudo "liberal/radical" commentators of the Guardian & the BBC & in the physical presences of the likes of Johnson, Rees-Mogg & Farage. Of course none of these will see any similarity between themselves, but they are not on the outside looking in.