posted on Oct, 31 2014 @ 08:44 AM
a reply to: alldaylong
I am British and proud to be, but I am not proud that we ever had an Empire, not proud that we distributed our way of life to places which had no
need of it, not proud that our nation absorbed so much resource from countries which still suffer from their removal.
I am proudest of the moments in our history where we fought against impossible odds, against vast tyrannical Empires like that of the Romans *hawks,
spits*, and also against fanatical dictatorships like the Nazis. I am proud of the pre-Roman occupation Britain, which saw people from other lands
welcomed, rather than ostracised and discriminated against.
I am proud of the generations of people who fought from a position of virtual slavery, to install and protect the National Health Service, and the
wider welfare system as a whole, and of every member of British society who has worked to defend, and operate it over the years. I am proud of my
grandfather, who not only fought the Nazis from the deck of destroyers during the Second World War, but helped campaign for better education and
services for the working people, while being a shop steward at the Ford motor plant at Dagenham in the years afterward.
I am not proud to live in a nation which is an active part of a universal surveillance program. I am not proud to live in a nation with an
increasingly draconian approach to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and conducts secret trials behind closed doors. I am not proud to live in
a nation run by a government which is even remotely Conservative in aspect, I am not proud that we have a wax work figure with delusions of grandeur
for a Prime Minister, and I am absolutely disgusted that I live in a country where companies responsible for the upkeep of the premises occupied by
Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (the people responsible for tax matters), are allowed to store their money in off shore accounts in order to avoid
paying tax on their profits, while smaller, more honest businesses get shut down over mere oversights in accounting.
I am proud of our successes, mortified by our failures, and determined never to be ignorant of either, and to learn from both.