Quote of the week

Stoke Sentinel (h/t Simon Darby)
 The concerns have already been exploited by BNP councillors in the city, who are distributing thousands of leaflets criticising the council’s handling of the [Super Mosque] issue.

As in, exploited by the democratically elected councillors?

Other quotes of interest come from the very respectable (though also disagreeable) Neil Harding and also from a comment on here concerning the concept of “race” and counties. The huge fundamental flaw in this argument is glaringly obvious. If we throw out the concept of “nation” because it has happened through evolution, then should we also throw the concepts of “science” “law” and “cash” into the abyss also? Should we go back to living in caves?

The consciousness of nationality and ethnicity is now prevalent in the vast majority of humans. This is only a bad thing if we choose to let it be so. As a well travelled person with foreign family, I find that nationalism can be a wonderful trait to be carried with pride (providing it is not used as propaganda or brainwashing). It’s a sad facet of Britain’s modern social and educational psyche that nationalism is both equated with racism and other feelings of shame.

If you ever want to see a fresh perspective on nationalism, ask Thais how they feel about their nation, speak to Brazilians about their football team or chat with Norwegians about their decision to eschew EU membership. You might find a whole new outlook on the concept of nationalism.


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