White Panic: Made In England

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!

Verse 1:

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


Verse 2:

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!


Verse 3:

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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11 replies

  1. Obviously! The composer should have used tikka masala instead – that’s British!
    (And WTF do they think the words “Anglo-Saxon” mean?)

  2. Odd how ‘english’ = anglo saxon. Ignoring the odd 1100 years since the Saxon kingdoms…. but I rather sadly suspect the ‘outrage’ of the Devines & Bolts of Ozstrala would be just as strident were such a song to be written here…

  3. This is an outrage! Chips are made from those foreign “potatoes” that the Spaniards brought back from their Godforsaken voyage over the edge of the earth. And tea doesn’t even grow in Britain.
    I want my country back and only eat oats and kale.

  4. And I just noticed that one of those commenters, while still banging on about keeping his heritage pure, has gone to live in Cape Town! I bet he doesn’t speak a word of Xhosa. Bloody immigrants.

  5. And tea doesn’t even grow in Britain.
    From my understanding tea became really popular in Britain by the mid 1750s… about the same time the first curry recipe appeared in a British cookbook (The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy– Hannah Glasse, 1747).
    It was actually the British that introduced curry to Japan.

  6. It should also be noted that “Madras curry powder” is a purely English invention, unknown in India.
    If these folks want everyone in England to be white, they need to step into the Wayback machine and prevent a whole lot of imperialism from happening. But that’s part of England’s glorious history, so I’m guessing they wouldn’t.

  7. It should also be pointed out that “balti” is a Hindi word that, according to my late grandfather, means “bucket”. He always found it hilarious when he overheard people ordering it in restaurants 🙂

  8. @Purrdence – Japanese curry is a peculiar thing indeed! It’s very sweet and mild, and it makes perfect sense to me that it in fact comes from a curry intermediary, rather than South Asian people directly.

  9. So many of the english hold fast to a sense of culturally-ingrained superiority, which I imagine stems from a long social history of colonisation, yet strangely, nobody there ever seems to want to acknowledge england was once colonised by the french.
    I’m pretty sure the practice of tea-drinking was introduced by the portuguese wife of charles the second in the 1600s.

  10. @lilacsigil – It can be mild, but it does range all the way up to hot, though not as hot as some of the Indian and Thai curries I have attempted to eat. Japanese curry also tastes great with grated cheese on top. 🙂
    @P.P. – It was also Portuguese travellers that introduced what we know know as Tempura to Japan, about the same time tea first was introduced to England.

  11. Late to the party, but there’s actually no such thing as ‘curry’. That is an Anglicisation of a number of food-preparation techniques with similar-sounding names in South Asian languages. Amazingly enough, the dishes all have their own unique names (and people who eat them have the palate to appreciate their unique flavours without getting them confused with each other!).

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