I’m wondering what are the feelings here about patriotism?
I’ve become increasingly sceptical on the subject in recent years. I’ve never been a tub thumper but used to be patriotic in a low key way, to the extent of placing a small Union Jack in the hanging basket by our front door for the Queen’s diamond jubilee. But these days I’d never dream of displaying the flag, and if someone tried to give me one I’d refuse to take it.
Yes, Brexit had a lot to do with this. I thought it marked a shift into a regressive, mean minded set of attitudes that have begun to define the UK. And I can see that being intensified, now that the government is making a fuss over flying the Union Jack over public buildings, along with its attempts to downplay the less savoury features of our national history and portray all of our dealings with Europe as ‘us versus them’. I think it has deliberately mixed up patriotism with a belligerent nationalism, that a lot of people are happy to go along with it, but this will gradually isolate the UK and make it a less attractive place to live.
I’ll have to live with it. Fact is I’m British and I’ll be spending the rest of my life here, but I take no pride in it these days.
Interested in any perspectives on patriotism, not just from the UK but any overseas Afterworders.