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British values? Our country´s
intellectuals are ashamed of them

Telegraph [UK], by Stephen Bush

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 6/10/2014 4:00:56 PM

Britain, George Orwell once wrote, is "perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality”. So perhaps the largely hostile response to Michael Gove’s announcement that all English schools will teach “British values” is, of itself, an example of British values at work. [Snip] Here they are: a sense of fairness, an obsession with the weather, support for democratic principles, self-loathing, respect for the rule of law, hostility towards the success of others, respect for the rule of law, and a belief that animals, particularly dogs, are of greater importance than people.

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There´s a self-deprecating woman of principle hanging around. Please be polite or she´ll have you up for libel, sharpish. She despises people with honorary degrees and thinks you should work bloody hard for things like that. This woman also hates fake Peace Prizes winners. She once told her then-boyfriend (Mr Attercliffe): love me, love my cat. And thus it came to pass in multiples and now the damn cats like him better than her. It´s not fair.

P.S. Completely out of character is that she´s a great cook and so was her mother.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/10/2014 5:36:29 PM     (No. 9880371)

OP often does a pretty good job of demonstrating British values here at Lucianne.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dman, 6/10/2014 6:01:33 PM     (No. 9880407)

Nice take from Stephen Bush.

Agreed, #1. Although I´m not of British descent, I like to refer to the British as our "cousins", since we have much in common and have inherited much from them. The great civilizations and empires that preceded us had their plusses and minuses, but made their contributions to the technology, culture, and values that most of us still hold dear. We stand on their shoulders. There is no shame in that.

Of course, self-proclaimed "intellectuals" on both sides of the "pond" turn up their noses and pine for something else. We should make them live the lifestyle that they would impose on the rest of us.

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