What happened to British patriotism?

By Luke Price 

As a young boy I was told to love my nation; as a teenager I’m told to hate it. What happened?

 

Since the death of George Floyd, conversations on racial discrimination have taken the spotlight. Alongside this, complex questions have been asked about how we are supposed to regard historical figures, historical institutions and whether or not we should have pride in our nation due to parts of its history. The liberal mob is dictating that, for some reason, we should treat figures from hundreds of years ago by the same societal standards of today.

The Crown: to some this is a Netflix show which overly dramatises the Royal Family's recent history, but to me its more than flags and parades - it is an embodiment of Britain, and its valuable and beautiful history. The Crown is an incarnation of Christian and moral values; it represents devotion to our nation and undivided leadership. 

 

The Union Flag: it is more than just a standard flag. The Union Flag is not just the union of four incredible and exceptional nations. It is something myself and others can identify with, and highlights our incredible history. We see the Union Flag fly high against our most significant institutions like Parliament. The Union Flag is a symbol of freedom and one of the most extraordinary sets of nations to ever exist.

When I compare myself to other members of 'Gen Z', one distinctive feature which can be identified is that I do not share the same self-loathing of our nation, and although it seems that my views are in the minority at the moment, it seems that couldn’t be further from the truth. YouGov polls suggest 59% of people are proud of the Empire, compared to only 19% saying they aren't. Our history is incredibly detailed, and I am not suggesting we did not do anything wrong. Many others and I do believe that we should hold our head high when we think of Britain. The advances that we as a United Kingdom have achieved whether: innovation, philosophy, technology, architecture and more, represent things we should be proud of and not ashamed to be associated with.  

It plagues me that today our country is in the process of, as Douglas Murray puts it, ‘committing suicide’, in the name of ‘diversity’- which one can argue has been hijacked in this context; we are being asked to foolishly give up what we are proud of, what we love and what makes Britain British. I watch as people of the newest generation denounce their heritage and nation in the name of ‘political correctness’ and bring onto themselves lamentable self-loathing. This lack of pride and patriotism we see in this generation could show the void that many people have in them. The generation that came out of the brutal Second World War had enormous pride in Great Britain; for many their pride in their nation undoubtedly helped them through the hard times of rationing and economic depravity. This current society is also undergoing hard times, but we currently lack the ability to be proud of our nation - and with that we suffer the consequence of ‘no meaning'.  What meaning do we as a society have if we cannot be proud of ourselves, instead of being proud Britons we are told we must be mere bodies who supposedly hold no value.

 

A truly terrible society we live in to willingly allow the removal of its values and history, its ability to function so that offense may not be caused, a truly cruel society to take away something from a whole generation. 


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