If only we could bottle Nick Timothy

The essence of him that is:

For the English do have traits and tendencies, just like any other nationality.

Bottle it so as to pour it down the drain.

The entire essence of Englishness is to deny – correctly – that we have traits and or tendencies precisely because we are not like any other – or even a – nationality. We are the archetype from which Johnny Foreigner diverges in amusing or possibly disastrous ways.

England is the mother of parliaments. It is the land of Shakespeare and Dickens, Elgar and Holst, the Beatles and Stones, the Cotswolds and Cumbrian hills, London and Liverpool, Oxford and Cambridge. It is Stonehenge and St Paul’s, football and cricket, the local church and village pub, Isaac Newton and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

It is cream teas and Cheddar cheese, a pint of bitter and a cup of tea, farms and factories, honest coppers and straight judges. It is the Wars of the Roses and the Reformation, Roundheads and Cavaliers, rebellions and strikes, Industrial Revolution and a Glorious Revolution. It is the home of Magna Carta, Locke and Burke, Churchill and Attlee, and long lines of kings and queens.

And, of course, it is about so much more.

Sigh.

The list is promulgated to insist that there should be an English Parliament, another layer of phartstains to rule over us.

Chesterton was closer to the truth. Those rulers never have and never will listen to us. So let’s keep their number and power to a minimum.

The essence of Englishness isn’t in cheese or history. It’s in the entirely wise insistence that politics can go to fuck.

16 thoughts on “If only we could bottle Nick Timothy”

  1. And yet, when politicians actually do as desired… As one of them once said, It’s a funny old world.

  2. Not sure if I’m totally against the idea of an english parliament. It might be a route to undoing the disaster that the other three devolved governments have been. The dog being wagged by three tails. A parliament for England could have so much clout, it could virtually supplant Westminster. Ideally, UKGov could do foreign affairs & defence & not much else. All the other stuff get done in a smaller way responsive to the wishes of the english electorate. In that scenario, the porridge wogs fuck off & we all collectively let out a sigh of relief.

  3. @ BiS:

    Not sure if I’m totally against the idea of an English parliament.

    The problem is that it would be filled with the same crooks, liars, third-world imports, internationalists and other assorted scum as the UK Parliament, because the very last thing the Establishment would ever do is to allow actual English people control over their own homeland.

  4. Jonathan is right, in this case at least. Imagine if an English parliament was filled with the kind of over-excited bitter losers as the other three.

  5. “England is the mother of parliaments”: Christ, it doesn’t even contain the oldest parliament in the British Isles. It may well be the third oldest, though.

  6. It’s bad enough that the District Council and County Council point the finger at each other or at central govt. Imagine how much worse it’ll be if we add another layer.

  7. ““England is the mother of parliaments”: Christ, it doesn’t even contain the oldest parliament in the British Isles. It may well be the third oldest, though.”

    England indeed *is* the “mother of parliaments”. That phrase does not mean that England has the oldest Parliament, or that Westminster is the oldest Parliament, or that Westminister is the mother of Parliaments.

    It is exactly as the phrase states. England is the mother of Parliaments, England gave birth to Parliaments, by founding the Parliamentary System in other countries through colonisation and influence of other countries.

  8. The essence of Englishness isn’t in cheese or history. It’s in the entirely wise insistence that politics can go to fuck.

    Dunno, that comes perilously close to the Scottish “get tae”.
    Which is actually better.

  9. ““England gave birth to Parliaments”: no it didn’t.”

    Oh yes.. quite a few… Nowadays every 4 years.. And see what a bloody mess they made of things time and time again…. 😛

  10. “The cricket team – who are world champions”

    No bloody way. Didn’t even make the finals!

  11. @BiS
    That was the way the US government was supposed to work. Foreign Affairs and War. It got lost between Wilson, FDR, and Johnson.

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