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"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Sunday, May 15, 2005

a matter or concern

figure 10.9. the pen is mightier than the truffle

For those who haven't seen it yet - and let's face it, there can't be many who don't subscribe to this hallowed organ - here's the letter I wrote a week ago. The full self-righteous indignation was preserved, though I suspect the sensitively political line "Oh sometimes it's really not surprising that we have a Conservative MP." was always destined to be excised. Opinionated interjections are such good fun, I might try this more often! Our small town mentality is occasionally to be seen. Oh yes...and for any fellow nature buffs, you're indeed right to note that this isn't really truffle season.

Dear Mercury

I was interested to read the comments on Matlock's recent French Market, namely that it was a bad thing to do on St George's day. I'm sorry, but what century are we living in here? Are we really so insecure about ourselves that we can't cope with a bit of trans-European celebration mixed in with our national pride? I suppose to be really patriotic we cannot contemplate enjoying, or even seeing, anything from the rest of the continent. After all, it would be a dishonour to the brave lads who died in the Hundred Years war if we had a stall selling French Cheeses in our park. And Wellington would be spinning in his grave at the idea of French chocolates being eaten on our national day. Oh the dishonour we bear. God forbid, we must instead do the decent thing and restrict ourselves to good wholesome English turnips and cabbages.

St George, that quintessentially English North African mythological hero, somehow careless enough to be a patron Saint of another great enemy, Germany, would doubtless ride fourth to our rescue and overturn the corrupting continental tables if he were only here among us today. Oh sometimes it's really not surprising that we have a Conservative MP. Rule Britannia ect, and long live a 'patriotism' of repressed jealousy.


Laurence Craig.


Blogger Martin said...

Laurence Craig, you will never ever smite me again for embittered sarcasm! This is without doubt the most cynical thing I've ever read, notwithstanding the spelling and grammar catastrophe within.

Oh, and supposedly St George was Palestinian and lived most of his life in modern day Turkey, which while nowhere near England, as you note, is also not particularly near north Africa. Personally, I think Georgia deserve the white background and the red cross more than we do, at least they named their country after him and there's some possibility he set foot in it.

Also, while I agree that the original bugbear of these Matlockers (Matlockians?) was pretty outrageous, are you sure that being four times as outrageous in return is the answer?

12:23 PM  
Blogger ash said...

i thought it was fab... but then i'm not always known for sensitivity in matters of tough dispute..

2:19 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

I was being deliberately outrageous and deliberately cynical - this is what being stuck in your hometown does to you, makes you want to stir things up for any interest at all!

For what it's worth, there are many ideas around as to where the stories of St George might have originally come from. I went for the one that says Libya, and wider North Africa - but could easily have selected the possible location of Turkey. The main point I was trying to make there was the absurdity of complaining about any foreign element in our national day - when our patron saint is from the very furthest reaches of Europe, into the Middle East. Given our history as a country, and of the stories of our patron saint, we need a better nationalism than one which is defined by aversion to the outside world.

Though Ash may revel in a tough challenge ;) I don't go seeking it out as a policy - it's just that this symptomatic thing pocked me in the wrong way, hehe.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

I too was being more than a mite tongue-in-cheek, but you know that.

However, if it's your intention to convince anyone of their wrongness, I suspect you might be pulled apart, deliberateness or not...

5:20 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Of course, being the perceptive thing that I am.

I set out knowing that excitable stabs at humour isn't really going to proivide a watertight persuasive case. I suppose my intention with things like this is to shake things up a bit, do what I can to challenge and invoke discussion. And catharsis, of course ;p

1:25 AM  

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