Sunday, May 28, 2006

Billy Bragg meets a hand wringer….

My mate John went to a B.B. gig in Manchester recently. In between songs, during one of his little political speechettes, Billy got hold of a St George’s Flag and held it aloft. He told the audience how important it was to celebrate the forthcoming St George’s Day, toast the country’s Saint, celebrate Englishness – and generally have a good time. He also said that if everyone in England took ownership of the flag, it would be safeguarded from any hijacking from the far right.

Just then, a woman from the audience stood up and shouted "But Billy, I cannot accept the St George’s Flag……. It’s just too ‘white’. There’s no black or brown on it"……

Bragg, thought for a moment and screamed…. "For f*cks sake, do you see what I’m up against"…

Bill, I really, really do.

2 comments:

Bazil said...

Its not hand-wringing Alfie, it's yet another example of the self- loathing which, it seems to me, is peculiar to the English. It is a concept which leads some of our number - most of whom should really know much better - to denigrate our nation and its symbols. Three cheers to Billy Bragg for dealing with this fool as he did; I wonder, having heard his remarks, if she had the good grace to slink away in shame... No, I don't think so either.

dearieme said...

He might have said that "it's got red in it for idiots like you".