Ten reasons why England is great

It’s a tricky thing to say, because the English flag, St George’s Day and patriotism generally has long been hijacked by moron right-wingers, but isn’t England great?

Hurray for England. Have a good St George’s day.

86 Responses to “ Ten reasons why England is great ”

Comment by Paul

Nice use of the word “twunts” Patrick, think I’m going to use that now on as the word for all racist idiots who think it matters what skin colour/lineage you have.

Who cares?? it doesn’t matter where your father/mother is from, or what skin colour you have, religious beliefs or any of that. The people that make England/UK/anywhere great are the nice people who care about others and show community and family spirit and accept people as what they are as a person, and try to make their and everyone else’s lives better as much as they can.

Some people who are not born in the UK are like this and some are not, some people who are born in England and have English lineage are like this and some are not, some religious people are like this some are not, it is an individual person that is good/bad/boring/stupid/racist or any of that, so can we stop talking about it its annoying me

If people are proud or happy with England/the UK as it is then good on them, whether they are Black/White or other, if not then try and do something about it and stop moaning.

By the way nice one Bruce, great list of 10, but I’d have to add Marmite (controversial I know) what a genius food invention!

Comment by zac

although i like myself to be called engish and i am very patriotic all u BNP voters (racists) that protest for old England, u have to remember that England is the way it is today due to the help of many countries in the wars. for over a thousand years there have been invaders in this country mixing with the Celts and true brits. some romans stayed (they werent english, nor were the saxons or the vikings, they stayed, the East of England, from East anglia to humberside was and remained a viking stronghold for centuries! hence East anglia is still called that now). so for a thousand years or more england has not been what u would call it PURE! we are a mixed race country. yes i agree that there are too many poles and eastern europeans in the country and the government are twats for letting it happen and i wish that the monarchy had more ruling power (equal or more than the government) oliver cromwell in my eyes was a prick!
If anyone is too lay claim to true brits, the closest u can get to a true brit is not an english man, it is historically proven that scottish and welsh people are more british (through blood) than the English.
Colin, you say “long live the queen” shes part german so u voting BNP and sayin long live the queen is quite hypocritical. why diss americans, yes they are arrogant, yes there narrow minded (yes they are on average overweight) but the “English” are arrogant and narrow minded. yes we developed america but who lives in her pocket? we do. and thats down to our lousy government. so perhaps try voting for people who are less stuck in the dark ages and try voting for people who fight for things more worth while.
England is the greatest country!

Comment by David C.

With reference to Marmite: Actually the German scientist, Liebig discovered that brewer’s yeast cells could be concentrated, bottled and eaten. This was then called Marmite. So, unfortunately Marmite was actually “discovered” rather than invented by a German.

I personally love the stuff!!!

Comment by Ged

England, Anglosphere, Tea, The Future, Dan Dare,Mungrels, mustard and a proper breakfast.

England Home and Beauty.

Comment by Hibba

A True Briton (British, English, whatever) is one that gorws up in Britain and feels one from his/her heart. End of.

Have a good day.

Comment by Alrda

England?!?Great!?..It’s because of England our world is so fucked up!England is the most devious,most ruthless,immoral and at times,evil,country in the known world.Just look at the middle east,ireland,Hell..the whole f***ing world has suffered at one time because of Britain.Let’s not forget who invented concentration camps and deported whole populations just so they could make more ‘living space’ for theyre own.They don’t call England perfidious for nothing!The shit they did to the irish alone is enough to make you’re stomach churn.We hate you England,we learn you’re bastard language because we have no other choice.Hell we all now the ‘english’ race doesn’t exist,you’re all GERMANS,that’s right,SAXONS,germanic.How’s that for irony.The suffering Britain caused to the world is immense.I hope one day someone will say ‘We’re sorry we screwed you up’.

Comment by Erwin

I observe a close correlation between bad spelling and propagation of nationalistic ideas. However, it is admitted that the amusement of reading such confused bullshit makes up the pain.
Go on boys and do your very best. 🙂

Comment by George Katsanos

Comments and discussions like these remind us how many stuck-ups exist even in 2010. Customs, traditions, languages, European variety, it’s all good and many people overseas envy what we have over here.
But “National purity” is just a tool used by politicians to manipulate the masses.
This coming from a guy whose culture gave birth to what is today.

Comment by Shorty!

England, Britain is, has and hopefully will always be great! The reason why most Britons are so downbeat and negative today is because of the constant slander and defamation of this great nation in every daily newspaper! Hypocritical garbage! One page we have stories of rip off England! Immigration hell and on the front page we have a so called celebrity snorting cocaine! If you read and believe in what the papers say then Britain is no longer great! It’s a country on it’s knees. A country with no money! Which wasn’t really there in the first place but for on a computer screen! It’s a country where the lazy profit and the dilligent struggle! A country where rapists murderers and paedophiles get free reign over their prey! That is if you believe what you read in the papers! Perhaps a revolution is needed! Certainly not from the bnp though! We do need to be reminded on why were are great Britain. And to do this we need to act Like great britons! We need to stop indulging the fame hungry and start rewarding our real heroes! Imagine a world where the police, nurses, firemen, doctors etc where held in the same esteem as the socialites, the manufactured singers. The footballers! Our values have become turned upside down! But not forever is my guess! Form is temporary, class is permanent! A free speaking unshackled, unafraid leader will one day help us out of the mire that is modern Britain!great Britain was. Is and always will be great! We just need to remember who and what were about! By celebrating triumph! And rewarding excellence! By promoting true freedom of speech! Yes we need a revolution! And the empire wasn’t destroyed in a day! It will take time! But it will, it has to and needs to change! The eccentricity of the English. Our self mocking sense of humour! Our great and rich history! Our live of football and beer and family and tradition! Our tolerance. Our gossipping! Our hard backbone! Our never say die mentality! Our caring. Our love of travelling, adventure our discoveries. Our scientists our heroes. Our people! Our food! Our Christmases. Greatness isn’t a state of mind.it’s a state in Europe which doesn’t need to be! Were individual and British. Were not European! Far too pasty for that! Were great! Great welsh! Great Irish! Great scots and great English! Great Britain. Is. Has and will always be great!!!!!!

Comment by Lynne

My two comments for the pot (and ones that British people get mocked for):

Queuing – because it’s keeps everything in order and running smoothly…right? Imagine living somewhere that doesn’t utilise the good old fashioned queuing system. It would be unorganised mayhem. 🙂

Speaking in hushed, reserved tones : It’s only polite though isn’t it? I was mocked the other day for being a “quiet little British person” for doing just that; it was during a pub quiz though and the “loud American” (her words) was screaming out the answers…I think we have the balance just right.

Comment by Nav Ali

Ive just been going through these comments and to be honest, some people should be ashamed of themselves. bruce, your a good man like the others who share your views,but the others need to grow up.. my dads is a as you small minded people would call a paki, my mums half paki, but me im British, i was born here, speak English, and do everything that the British culture has to offer, so that makes me British, p.s bruce LOVE your comment on our great countrys history regarding the Saxons from Germany, the Vikings etc this multi cultured society make Britain a great place to live compared to other cultures, and we should be delighted that we have a society as rich and colourful as this. RULE BRITANNIA

Comment by dave

i hate england its a shi.t hole cant wait to get out of it.this was once a great place and a place you would love to live. then all these people moved here just to rip the system if the goverment really wanted to help with the countries dept kick the lazzy good for nothing people out they know who they are i do know a lot of asians and and everyone of then is bleeding the country dry with there cons.. ritch colourful society my ass open you eyes d**head

Comment by dave

and before any dickheads call me a racist im not i have a lot of good asian friends but even them are riping something off

Comment by Bruce

you might not be a racist (I’ll have to take your word for it) but you should learn to spell.

Good luck being an immigrant in another country. Where do you plan to go?

Comment by Suren

I dont know why there is so much difference between the eastern and western world in being open minded.

This comment is for the asian mistreat in the response. English plundered its colonies all over the world for so many years and couldnt it open its small islet for its old colonies now???

Seemingly Selfish….

Comment by David C.

SUREN: Following the end of the Second World War, the British Nationality Act 1948 was passed to allow the 800 million subjects in the British Empire to live and work in the United Kingdom without needing a visa. These people filled a gap in the UK labour market for unskilled jobs and many people were specifically brought to the UK on ships such as the Empire Windrush.

The UK has indeed allowed the people from the forma colonies to settle in the UK. It is of course not sustainable to think that we could keep the doors open forever. We are, after all, a tiny island nation.

Not so Selfish after all….

Comment by RJA

I have lived in Indonesia for a year, I am from the North East of England. When I lived in England I used to get annoyed with some things such as working so hard for minimum wage yet my neighbour was a complete bum who used to sit around on his arse all day (when he wasn’t in prison) yet had a nice car etc. However I can see past that. There are bums all over the world! England is the best country in the world. The weather, the food, the countryside, the sense of humour, the opportunites, the cities, the buildings, the culture.. Obviously its not all perfect, but name me one country that is?! Anyone who thinks England is awful must please come and live in Indonesia…go on I dare you!

Comment by Steve C

My wife and I have lived in Perth Weatern Australia for 30 years. After a holiday back in the UK last year we have confirmed in our minds we are English, we are British and are proud to be so. We have now sold our home and are returning to the UK. Australians are the most racist ignorant bastards on the planet. They think they have a sence of humour and laugh at themselves (this is the biggest load of crap in the world).They are also the also the worlds worst losers in sport. You should have been here when the aussies lost the rugby world cup in 200e and the ashes.All we can say is that Aussies are the Worlds Biggest Wingers.

Comment by Sir Obver

11th reason why England is great:

Big Bother blocks social-networking websites and messaging services now, in addition to permitting pervasive surveillance… George Orwell rotates in his grave…

Comment by JustMe

Steve C, I wish my family would see sense like you have.

My family moved to Australia in 2005 and I have to spend the rest of my childhood here until I’m old enough to finish school and get the hell out. I am literally aching to return to England. Australia does nothing but bang on about how brilliant it is and how the fact that it has people from other countries living there somehow makes it better than everywhere else. To them, multiculturalism is great so long as you’re interesting and you keep your head down. I listen to lectures every day in class about how Australia is the most diverse, tolerant country in the world then go outside and get teased constantly for daring to be English. I’m absolutely sick of it and I can’t wait to get out and go home.

I just wish my family would come to the same conclusion as yours. It’s damn hard being an immigrant, and I even look the same as everyone else. I can’t imagine what it must be like for all the non-Anglo-Saxons out there. Just three more years to go…

Comment by Pip

To JustMe – I’ve been in Australia for over 30 years, and agree completely with you. They never let you forget you are a tourist – still, its easier to get a job here – which explains why I am still here! All the best

Comment by James

no.1 – nhs… its defines england

with regards to ww2 i think it matters so much because englands history is quite brutal and empire building isnt morally good. yet when it mattered, when the greatest evil known in history rose up, we were the ones who stood against it when everyone else in europe fell, and i think thats why it matters. we were redeemed and from that event had a morality that stays with us. we still do things that arent right (iraq!), but we did what mattered when it mattered and we shoul dbe proud of that.

(ps – ireland werent in the war, even though hitler bombed dublin once after the firebrigade of the republic put out fires in belfast – interesting i think)

Comment by James

everyone who has written on here is a lunatic. starngely i was looking up good things abotu england because i was returning from abroad after 4 months and missed england… then i remembered what i said to my mate in holloway (london) jsut before i left, that everyone in england is mad and its like a massive mental asylum. he said it was like lord to the flies, and that being on an island eventually we just would go mad. this message pretty much proves that, and clearly everyone in england is totally mad.

at least they are our mad people, even if they are barking!

Comment by Mart

I’ve got dual Irish and British nationality but it really pees me off to read Aldrda’s comments. You might hate us but still enough Irish choose to make their homes and lives in Britain. Ireland was taken by many races until the Normans divided it up to Norman nobles who became eventually British themselves. So of course a long held nationalistic Ireland has existed. Britain, like any conquering nation, wanted to keep it and thus years of bad behaviour on both sides. And yes I do know the true history of the troubles and what the British did.

I think what makes England (and Britain) fantastic is our amazing cultural mix that while has many problems still works better than in many other countries. If only multiculturism was changed to everyone being part of just one culture.. British. We have supported other nation states for the general good – giving huge numbers of our people to fight for others when really we didn’t need to. As a nation we have grown from trying (and often succeeding) to dominate the world to being a fair and decent member who generally keeps to the rules. The nations that have grown from us – Australia, NZ, Canada and to some extent the USA have inherited a lot of our traits and all deserve their national pride.

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