To the tune of ‘We don’t care what what the liber–als say. What the hell do we care? Coz we only know there’s gonna be a show and the Ing—er—land will be there……killing all the lo—cals!’ Mark E Smith trumpets:
I love England. And the English. I love the place, and the people. I love its past, and its present. I love its great politicians and its great heroes. I love its cities, and towns, and villages. I love its greatest performers and its greatest artists: the comedians who’ve made me laugh and the musicians who’ve made me sing. I love the English countryside, and I love English culture, and I love it because it’s familiar and familial. I love England, and the English, and I will never be ashamed to say it. I realise, of course, that some of you may be feeling a bit awkward by now, or irritated. You may find this expression of love from a Scotsman, this naked Anglophilia, hard to take. It’s not common or usual for Scots to express a love for England. It is more usual to express hate, dislike or distrust and we do it in pubs and stadiums and, dare I say it, in Scotland’s Parliament. Scotland, for obvious historical reasons, has a problem with Anglophobia and if you don’t think that’s true, you may be part of the problem.
Way to get the readers Mark. I’m part of a problem? I am, but maybe not the one you’re thinking of.
I’ve often thought and said how much I’ve got out of the many English singers, bands, writers, painters – Blake, Turner, Billy Bragg, the Who, Small Faces, Kinks, Smiths, Cure………but, maybe it’s because I’m a bit repressed, I haven’t made such a fuss about it?
I love Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen but don’t love Canada.
I love Randy Newman, Marvin Gaye, Phillip Roth and Bob Dylan but don’t love the USA.
I had three English aunties and my mum spent the War years in Derbyshire. Neither of us love England.
I love quite a few folk living here and some places are magical but I don’t love Scotland either.
I tend not to love whole countries or every single person living there. Is it a bit weird of Smith to be saying this?
Scotland has a lot of foul-smelling history – extreme poverty, bloody wars, rape, pillage etc and then there’s the part our lads have played in England’s story. Let’s not go there. You know. Not quite as chillingly clinical as Nazi Germany’s interlude but longer and more deadly in more places.
I suppose it’s just adolescent attention-seeking and clickbait from Mark England Smith but didn’t he write that he hates flags? ‘The Saltire makes me cringe?’
The story seems to have disappeared. How long will this one last?