Friday, 21 November 2014

Rochester & Strood


One hears Emily Thornberry, MP, has apologized to all right wing chavs.



3 comments:

  1. I do not understand the affaire, Chairman. This man displays flags of England, not the flag of the Union. Is this understood as a special, perhaps Nationalistic, statement ? I can not classify this.
    Also, Ms Thornberry puts this photograph online - I did not read this or follow it because I do not do twitter or fatzebook - is this a kind of insult ? And if so, why ?
    After all he hangs out these flags for everybody to be seen - ?!
    Is this part of an ongoing public discussion in the English society about "nation", values etc. ?

    I remember well when in the 80s (and early 90s) the right wing party ("Oh no, we are no Nazis, but Adolf wasn't so bad, eh?") NPD made stickers in Schwarz-Rot-Gold with the slogan "Ich bin stolz Deutscher zu sein!". Their intention was obvious and clear, but one could not kick them for this.
    This changed since over time, using the flag is nowadays nothing they can usurp anymore, and the over-nationalistic, chauvinistic notion / connection is gone. The climate changed.

    I would very much appreciate if you could tell me about the background(s) of this affaire.

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    1. Try this, 63mago: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/21/emily-thornberry-resignation-explain-outside-britain?CMP=fb_gu

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    2. Thank You very much for the link, very interesting article. As I understand it's coded cultural references / messages based on a conflict of values & insufficient communication. This is dangerous. I did not know that the English (British ?) society is this divided. Reading through the comments I find the discussion pretty harsh, it's all about emotions hurt, belonging to "a class" or not & distinction. I find it very interesting that a simple flag can carry so different meanings as for example in England and Spain, things can be symbolically charged.
      Interesting times when publicizing one single picture can end a political carriere.

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