The Thing that Made England
Where does the flag of St George come from and why is it England’s national flag? Is it a symbol of unity or division, why is there relatively little flag waving in England and should we be waving it more? And most importantly – does it go in the cabinet as one of the things that made England?
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To have your say, and to vote for whether or not the flag of St George should be put in the Cabinet of the Things that made England – visit the TTME Facebook site
Some handy quotes you might like
‘Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel’ (Samuel Johnson, 1775)
‘let’s bring the flag of St George home and reclaim it as one of the symbols that we use to express an alternative identity that is diverse, outward-looking and inclusive.’ (Billy Bragg)
‘England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality.’ (George Orwell)
‘By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people,” George Orwell
In a survey recently, England 61% equate the flag of St George with patriotism; in Scotland and wales for over 80% equate their flags with patriotism and pride.
You might like also to have a look at a substantial survey that came out after we’d recorded the programme, which looked at the how the English feel about their nationality.
What is the Things that Made England Podcast?
Things that made England is a podcast, an affectionate meandering through the high ways and by ways of England and the English, the country that, despite all temptations, we both feel proud to be part of. It is the work of podcasters Roifield Brown of 10 American Presidents fame, and David Crowther of the History of England notoriety.
Every fortnight, one of us makes a proposal to the other, and we talk it through, discussing its significance and impact. When all is done, we decide whether or not our chosen idea should be enshrined in the Great English Trophy Cabinet – and ask anyone who is interesting to comment and vote on whether or not we made the right decision. And tell us what they think should go in the cabinet.