APRIL 23rd is ST. GEORGE’S DAY. So here’s a few positive points about England.
It’s one of the oldest, fairest and most stable democracies.
One of the few places in the world where the police still go unarmed, unless on dangerous or protection duties.
Despite CCTV, DNA and all the other modern means, we do not have (too much of a) Big Brother state.
The armed forces are terrific.
The SAS and SBS are among the world’s premier security services.
MI5 and M16 are brilliant intelligence agencies.
We started badly but now we do well on the whole. It’s one of the achievements that makes me most proud.
We kept our own currency, thank God.
Fastest growing economy in Europe.
Low inflation (practically zero)
Low interest rates
Last Night of the Proms
The leading broadcasting organization – the BBC.
The most readable newspapers.
The country is stuffed with art galleries, museums, castles, monuments, etc.
Shakespeare, Dickens and quite a few more.
Old or new, there’s something interesting in every town.
Free at the point of delivery. No patient denied.
Free at the point of delivery. No pupil denied.
I contend that nobody need go short of a roof or food in this country.
London has the best taxis in the world, bar none. Quite possibly the best bus service (even if visitors don’t understand it).
Best cheese in the world
Best chocolate in the world
Fish and chips
Cups of tea
Beer and cider
Quite a bit more of our own, but we’ve been canny enough also to pick the world’s best.
The Premier League (soccer) is watched the world over.
Cricket – well at least we started it.
There’s probably more sport, but it’s beyond me.
The most flexible and fun language anywhere.
Modesty. Most English people would not have written this tribute.