Saturday, December 09, 2006

"I'm not British"

"I'm an Englishman."

--Joseph Pearce (who rightfully rejects aspirations to empire, and the symbols of empire, such as the Union Jack).

I suppose I'll write an e-mail to Fr. T. to see if he can be invited to come speak on campus, perhaps not about Tolkien but about his new book, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if the Family Mattered.


Anonymous said...

Good man! I am so astonished when I see Englishwomen and Englishmen described in print as "white Britons" or "white British." Give me a freakin' break! I'm not even English, and it drives me nuts. Since everyone else in the world obsesses on their ethnic heritage, let the English---those whose pre-1945 ancestors were indigenous to everywhere south of Scotland and east of Wales on the island called Britain before say--be called English.

Anonymous said...

Whoops, forgot to excise "before say". Sorry.