Ah, the Daily Mail. You never fail to amuse, disgust, and generally cause a bad smell.
The latest manufactured outrage is over the lyrics of a Sam Dunkley children’s song written for St George’s Day. This clunky, banal piece of fluff has the temerity to mention curry.
Popularised in Birmingham, Balti curry competes with chicken tikki masala and fish ‘n’ chips for the informal title of England’s national dish. Curry has been heartily embraced by English people across the board.
Here’s the song (lyrics below).
[image: London Mayor Boris Johnston in Leadenhall Market]
For some, however, curry seems to be the prime symbol of the dilution of their precious Anglo-Saxon Whiteness. The popularity of spicy food is a portent of stampeding infidel hoards invading “their” land and taking over … their fast food outlets. And way of life – don’t forget way of life! Lager and soccer and purity of blood: it’s the English way! Never before in history have the English imported food, customs, or humans from anywhere else! Impending death of Englishness predicted!
Some Daily Mailers are not amused:
It is indeed banal and why was it necessary to include chicken balti, naan bread and onion bhajis into the lyrics – are we not allowed to have anything that is solely English without always having to integrate other cultures……… [Snoopy of Barnsley]
Since when has Chicken balti and naan bread been British?! [anon of notts]
May I be allowed to apologise profusely for loving (and mourning the passing of) my nation’s Anglo-Saxon identity. T’was nice while it lasted. [Andrew of Burnley]
English – it should be about our heritage and what we represent and not this rubbish spouted out by the odd musician and the BBC. [Geoff Coles, UK and Cape Town]
Those of us with a few brain cells have known for years that the BBC is stuffed with lefty-liberals who take every opportunity to belittle and undermine our Englushness and traditions. [A Howlett of Manchester]
There are even more hijinks over at Archbishop Cranmer’s place. Cranmer just calls it “banal”, but his commentariat are on the case:
Why do they always have to bring in the multi cultural stuff, why cant we just for once celebrate England without anything the social engineering?
Your Grace, I believe the 8th and 9th lines actually read:
“Hustle bustle, turbans rustle, pushing through the crowd,
infidels and all things haram
soon won’t be allowed!”
OMGzors! The ethnics are coming! The ethnics are coming!
The song is also being derided in the more overt White Pride outlets, with comments including death threats to the composer, and accusations that he is a child molester. Unsurprisingly, I’m not linking to them.
Lyics to Made In England, Sam Dunkley
I am England, England is inside of me
I am England, England is what I want her to be
I am England, I am English, I am England to my core
And wherever you may find me, you’ll find England
England Forever More!
England, my England, she never lets me down
Hustle bustle, urban tussle, dancing through the crowds
Or out in the country, a fresh place for me to breathe
England my England is always home to me
Fish and chips in paper, with mushy peas
Balti chicken with naan bread and onion bhajis
Cup of tea and a scone, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding
Tastes of our culture, tastes like England to me!
Swing low sweet chariot, God Save The Queen
Land of hope and glory and of pleasant mountains green
England’s future, past and today live in our minds on St George’s Day
England, England, my country
[Chorus, & rpt]
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