Sunday, May 10, 2015

It was Labour of course who tied devolution to national identity

Paul Mason completely fails to understand the appeal of nationalism:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/10/snp-english-national-identity-class-cultural-divide?CMP=share_btn_tw

Nationalism makes people feel good.

It especially makes people who have nothing feel good.

It gives them an identity that they cannot afford to define by buying consumer items (car, house, watch, clothes, football season ticket, foreign holidays etc).

It gives them a community that they are not able to acquire by working in a profession (working class occupations no longer give employees any sense of community).

It gives them a sense of being valued when everyone else is saying you're on your own.

Only the rich and privileged can afford to disdain national sentiment.

This is not to say we should give in to nationalist urges.

But in an archipelago increasingly fractured by nationalism I want the ordinary English men and women to have the comfort of a national identity.

It was Labour of course who tied devolution to national identity.

Paul Mason could at least acknowledge this.

And it may yet be possible to pull the rug from under the SNP.

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