Monthly Archives: January 2011

America’s love-hate affair with England in films

When  you go to the cinema think of how often English legends  such  as  Robin  Hood are used by Americans. Reflect on how,  until  recently  at  least,   American  universities  would  give  as  a  matter  of  course  considerable time to the … Continue reading

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The appetite for Englishness in films

What qualifies as a “culturally English film”?  How about this:   it is a film which either has an English context such as The Libertine or has a  cast  which  consists wholly or largely of  English  actors  playing “English”, for example, … Continue reading

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Englishness in Films – Master and Commander

Released 2003   Director Peter Weir Main cast Captain Jack Aubrey …. Russell Crowe Dr. Stephen Maturin …. Paul Bettany First Lt. Thomas Pullings …. James D’Arcy Second Lt. William Mowett …. Edward Woodall Midshipman Lord William Blakeney …. Max Pirkis Barrett … Continue reading

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Don’t laugh; Labour are flying the English flag

Anglophobia has been around the Labour Party ever since Labour shifted focus from the white working class as their core support to the groups protected by political correctness – women, gays and most importantly ethnic minorities. This switch took place … Continue reading

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The English Year Zero

The French Revolution  attempted to sweep  away  many of the everyday cultural anchors that attach a people to a way of life: the currency, the calendar and the systems  of weights and measures.  The new  calendar did not last but … Continue reading

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The roots of English democracy

The beginnings of English democratic thought  Contents INTRODUCTION THE FRANCHISE BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR THE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE PHILOSOPHICAL AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS SERVANTS AND ALMSTAKERS CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY INTRODUCTION The Civil War changed English politics utterly. It brought the end of claims … Continue reading

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How Thatcher became the useful idiot of the education progressives

When Margaret Thatcher came to power many thought she would attempt to undo the damage of the comprehensive experiment and progressive methods, damage which was already visible. In her 11 years in power she not only failed to repair the … Continue reading

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English education and the great grade inflation fraud

English education has suffered greatly from its politicisation in the liberal internationalist interest, but even more fundamental damage was done by progressive teaching methods which failed to provide many children with an adequate grasp the three ‘Rs’ (and left a depressing number … Continue reading

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The great anti-patriot

The news that the singer-songwriter (I use the term with extreme laxity) Billy Bragg has been the subject of  mail which has the temerity to point out the disjunction between his ostensible political views and his manner of life. Headed “The … Continue reading

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The Archers: An everyday story of simple politically correct folk

The longest running soap-opera in the world, The Archers*, has just jettisoned one of its longest serving (30 years) and most popular characters, the stately home owner Nigel Pargetter, who hurtled to his fictional death from the roof of  his house … Continue reading

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