‘Humble in victory, gracious in defeat’ as the old saying goes, but invading an Ikea and smashing up an ambulance isn’t very humble is it?
The England flag has long since been hijacked by scum like Paul Golding and Tommy Robinson. People, up until a couple of years ago, were just fringe nutters, like Nigel Farage.
Now, I’m not saying everyone who voted Brexit is a racist flag clad simpleton, although a lot of my musings allude to it I don’t actually believe it. I’m not that naive.
You have to admit though that England has changed and not for the better.
We’ve become more tribal and hostile, and I know that doesn’t apply to the majority of us, but a lot of the time it feels that way.
Sadly however, the media wants to speak for us all, and this is the image we’re projecting to the rest of the world, a collective small man syndrome.
Patriotism doesn’t exist in this climate anymore, in an age of populism and a rising far right, a time of ‘we’re alright Jack’ and ‘It’s their fault.’ We have Nationalism now and that’s it.
That’s why I think England winning The World Cup at this moment would be a toxic yet perfect storm.
After all, if you talk England down or read an expert’s report on the possible damage Brexit will cause you’re a traitor, an enemy of the people, and you hate your own country.
A win would give everyone a boost, granted, but if they’re wrecking shops over a quarter final then what will an actual outright win unleash?
I wouldn’t have a problem with it at any other point in history, but the way we’re heading as a nation it makes me very uncomfortable.
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