Bringing home Brown’s Britain

According to the Sunday Times, Gordon Brown’s speech on British identity hasn’t exactly gone down a storm in his native Kirkcaldy.

The man at the bar introduces himself as Rab
Bowland, TB. He says that just like me he is also a “True Blue”.
However when I clarify the situation and describe myself as a British
patriot there is a flicker of anger in his eyes. “That’s a weegie
accent you’ve got there so why the hell are you proud to be British —
you’re Scottish, man,” says Bowland. Cowdenbeath folk, Bowland adds,
are as Scottish as cholesterol and have the fake tans to prove it.

It appears reclaiming the flag from the BNP will be a pushover
compared with disentangling it from the morass of contradictory
loyalties that exist in the minds of many of Brown’s constituents. (Sunday Times)

The piece has sparked a lively debate over at Slugger O’Toole.







One response to “Bringing home Brown’s Britain”

  1. Northern Sole avatar

    It was interesting to read Fionnula O’Connor’s rection to this in tody’s Irish Times. She cynically suggests that Brown’s sudden proud to be British stance is merely a ploy to ensure a smooth passage to No. 10.

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