Spot on!

The English character is not always attractive. The preference for irony over honesty is wearisome, while the occasional escapes from repression into drunkenness justifiably appal foreigners. Worse than both, however, is English puritanism, whose first priority has always been to prevent pleasure rather than relieve pain.

Nick Cohen.

5 comments on “Spot on!

  1. Wasn’t it the American journalist Mencken who accurately defined puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere might be enjoying themselves”?

  2. Oh, BS.
    And who might these apalled foreigners be? The Frogs? It certainly isn’t the Yanks and no one knows about puritanism as they.

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