England, my England

APRIL 23rd is ST. GEORGE’S DAY. So here’s a few positive points about England.

GOVERNMENT

It’s one of the oldest, fairest and most stable democracies.

SECURITY

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.

INTEGRATION

We started badly but now we do well on the whole. It’s one of the achievements that makes me most proud.

ECONOMY

We kept our own currency, thank God.

Fastest growing economy in Europe.

Low unemployment

Low inflation (practically zero)

Low interest rates

MUSIC

Last Night of the Proms

Glyndebourne

Glastonbury

CULTURE

The leading broadcasting organization – the BBC.

The most readable newspapers.

The country is stuffed with art galleries, museums, castles, monuments, etc.

LITERATURE

Shakespeare, Dickens and quite a few more.

ARCHITECTURE

Old or new, there’s something interesting in every town.

HEALTHCARE

Free at the point of delivery. No patient denied.

EDUCATION

Free at the point of delivery. No pupil denied.

WELFARE

I contend that nobody need go short of a roof or food in this country.

TRANSPORT

London has the best taxis in the world, bar none. Quite possibly the best bus service (even if visitors don’t understand it).

FOOD

Best cheese in the world

Best chocolate in the world

Yorkshire pudding

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.

SPORT

The Premier League (soccer) is watched the world over.

Wimbledon.

Cricket – well at least we started it.

There’s probably more sport, but it’s beyond me.

LANGUAGE

The most flexible and fun language anywhere.

ATTITUDE

Modesty. Most English people would not have written this tribute.

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