Why I am a patriot and an internationalist

To be patriotic, is to appreciate and be grateful for all that is valuable in the country you live in. It does not require you to be a xenophobe or a blinkered nationalist.

The failure to recognize and to appreciate one’s heritage is a sign of an all-round ingratitude. Ingratitude in turn breeds cynicism. As Oscar Wilde had it in Lady Windermere’s Fan, “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”.

John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

Hear, hear!

The Britishness agenda, pushed by the ruling class to justify their wars, will not unite working people in England, much less Scotland, Wales, or Ireland.

Our gratitude should be to the Diggers, the Levellers, the Chartists, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, the Suffragettes, and all those working people around the world who have struggled for social justice, without whom our lives would be much harder.

2 Responses to “Why I am a patriot and an internationalist”

  1. Robert Says:

    But a lot of those who fought fought with a Party in mind Labour, now this party has turned we are fighting with nobody within Parliament we are again on our own. so unless we form a new party or fight to regain Labour, I see the left being more or less left with dregs, like the BNP or UKIP.

  2. charliemarks Says:

    There are a few dozen Labour MPs worthy of the title. I’m sure the threat of losing their seat will encourage the rest to change their voting habits in parliament….

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