From who?

What is it with the Racist Right? Why are they so obsessed with “Getting Our Country Back”? Who the hell do they think they are?

More to the point, Who do they think we are?

Throughout my entire life I have heard people go on about US and THEM. Us (The British) vs Them (Everybody else). Recently the rhetoric has become even darker; “We are being swamped” “We are being invaded” “They hate us” “They don’t fit in”…

But let us  look at this logically… Who is the Us that They don’t fit in with?

Thousands of years ago, with the flooding of Doggerland, Britain became an island. An island inhabited by a few thousand people. These, and only these, can be classed as native Britons. Alright, we’ll go so far as to say, their descendants as well 😉

But then came The Beaker People. Nobody knows exactly where they came from but it’s a pretty safe bet that they came from Continental Europe (probably somewhere around modern day Spain/Portugal). So not us.

(Please note: I am using the word ‘us’ to refer to people born on this group of islands)

After the Beaker People came the Le Tene culture… More commonly known as The Celts.

Another group of continental Europeans that enriched and enhanced our culture. For a few hundred years, these Celtic people became the dominant culture… and then The Bloody Romans arrived… and things start to get even more confusing…. Because when we say Romans, what we actually mean is various culturally distinct groups under the rule of Rome. We had people from… (Actually, to make this easier I shall use the modern equivalent countries (or region) rather than forcing you to work out where I mean)… France, Germany , Spain, North Africa, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Belgium, Italy, Palestine, Persia (Broke my own rule there, sorry)… Pretty much anywhere that Rome had already conquered…

So, for about four hundred years or so, we were the first great flourishing of the Multi-Cultural society we have become 2000 years later…

And then Rome left… Except they didn’t… The Legions left… The politicians and the Civil Servants left… But a lot of people didn’t… People that had made their little part of these island their home stayed…Lots of ex-soldiers, ex-slaves, ex-officials… Basically, lots of people that found that they liked living here, in a vibrant and multi-cultural society, stuck around… Not forgetting that some of those staying were maybe four, five or even sixth generation descendants of the original ‘Roman’ invaders…

‘Britain’ continued…

And then came the cultural groups or tribes that most modern right wingers identify with… Most of whom were from modern Germany and The Low Countries (Holland and Belgium)… The Angles and the Saxons. Not forgetting the Jutes and the Freisans…

Oh and the Danes, the Norwegians, The Swedes and a few Finns… All wrapped up in the misnomer ‘Vikings’ (it’s a verb, not a people)…

So, by the year 1000 CE we are a combination of the descendants of (in no particular order and again I’m using the modern equivalents) Spanish, French, German, Turkish, Bulgarians, Romanians, Italians, Greeks, North-Africans, Portuguese, Irish, Palestinians, Belgians, Germans, Danish, Norwegians, Persians, Swedish, Finnish, Russians, and quite a few others… But because of the dominant cultural society, we refer to them as Anglo-Saxon… (yes, I am ignoring the Danelaw because in terms of cultural identity it was pretty much defunct by the turning of the new millennium)

And then came the fateful day in October 1066 when a bunch of former Danish ‘Vikings’ that had been living for a few hundred years in Northern France came sailing across The Channel… the Normans had arrived… In what could be argued was the last successful invasion of Britain.

You see, like the Romans before them, The Normans didn’t sweep all before them and replace all those living here with their own people, they only replaced those at the top of society… England effectively became an apartheid state… Normans in control, the rest a subject people…

And throughout all  this time people from all over the known world made their way here… fleeing persecution and war, seeking fertile land, seeking fame and fortune, seeking safety… Border control? No such thing… I mean even when we were at war with other nations we welcomed the peoples of those nations… We may not have trusted them but we didn’t turn them away… Whether they were Jews fleeing Christians, Protestants fleeing Catholics, Catholics fleeing Muslims, Muslims fleeing Christians… We held our doors open and welcomed anyone prepared to give up their entire lives in the hope of somewhere peaceful and rewarding to live…

And that is how it continued… For hundreds of years… Britain was like Ankh-Morpork in that we didn’t care if you came to ‘Invade’ us as long as you brought money… And then it all changed…

Britain went out into the world and saw that it had things we didn’t… It had money that wasn’t in our coffers… It had land and resources we weren’t exploiting… Well we weren’t going to put up with that… So we invaded, we stole, we enslaved… And all the while we were telling each other and being told by those in charge (the descendants of the Normans) that we were the best… We were the greatest… We were BRITISH!!!

But then our empire crumbled… we had to give back the lands we had invaded (some of them anyway)… We didn’t give back the wealth of course, we weren’t stupid… But all the time we were told “we are still the greatest”…

And so, after a few truly horrific wars, and with the idea of peace and the free movements of people, ideas and goods we signed up to a “Common Market” which went through a few versions to become the EU…

So now we are being asked if we want in or out… But out of what? Out of Europe? Sorry, not going to happen… we may be an island off the west coast of Europe but we are fixed in place so you can’t just tie a rope around Lands End and tow us further away…

Oh that’s right, it’s not about getting out of Europe so we can physically remove ourselves from them… It’s “get us out of Europe so we are not told what to do by them” (and of course to stop those foreigners from “coming over here”) but does anybody really think we will get back control of our country? Does anybody really think that the people who have been in charge for 950 years are suddenly going to give it all up?

We are not controlled by Europe. We are controlled by the descendants of the people that invaded in 1066… And let us remind ourselves who they were… Danes that had settled and lived in Northern France for a while and then came here…

And who were they taking power from? Descendants of invading Germanic tribes…

And who did they have power over?…. Come on, you must have seen where this is going… Oh alright, here it is again… All together now: The Descendants Of Spanish, French, German, Turkish, Bulgarians, Romanians, Italians, Greeks, North-Africans, Portuguese, Irish, Palestinians, Belgians, Germans, Danish, Norwegians, Persians, Swedish, Finnish, Russians, and quite a few others… Oh and a tiny number of people that lived here before the flooding of Doggerland (The Only True Brits!!!)

So let us get this stupid idea that we want “Out Of Europe” out of our heads… We Are EUROPEANS!!! You probably can’t get more European thus us… Europe isn’t Us vs Them… It isn’t even Us AND Them… Europe is Us and Us… They are our cousins, they are our own people… Britain/Europe… A family divided by it’s own stupidity? Arrogance? Fear?

Nope, going to go for stupidity…

 

I think I’ve said enough… I’m going to go now… Mmmmm, d’ya know what I fancy? A nice German beer, to wash down a lovely Greek cheese and Italian ham…

x peace x

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2 comments on “From who?

  1. Love that tirade, why isn’t posted on the ‘NEWS’ and I am so glad that for a change we are on the same page, I am definitely an ‘Inny’ Didn’t want to join in the first place but like most things the reason we did is clearer with hindsight and I feel to opt out of that not so exclusive club now would be ‘biting off your nose to spite your face’, definitely not beneficial to the current members….

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