In a break from moaning about the negative campaigning in the EU referendum, let’s turn to the more friendly side of Europe – the Euro 2016 football tournament. It’s time to be patriotic and turn out to support our national team! It’s a feelgood factor. What could we possibly find there to be negative about?
Well, actually quite a lot. For a start the BBC kicked it off earlier in the week (no pun intended) when it announced that the knight costumes worn by England football fans could be offensive to Muslims.
For more than two decades, England supporters have dressed as knights for matches, sporting fake chain-mail and St George’s cross tabards, but ahead of Euro 2016 the BBC’s iWonder website published an article entitled: ‘Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?’ After all, crusaders were the perpetrators of violent attacks across Europe and the Middle East on Muslims, Jews and pagans.
It went on to say that the St George’s cross can be associated with ‘far-right nationalism’. So basically it’s alright to dress up as a daffodil if your Welsh, or for Scots to paint their faces blue and white, or the Irish to dress in green – but if the English do it, then it’s not patriotic it’s fascist racism. What a load of bollocks!
So as Euro 2016 gets under way, it’s good to see the English cementing the entente cordial with their French hosts – in this case literally by tearing up paving stones and throwing them at them. Down in Marseilles they’ve been having pitch battles with the French, showing that good old fashioned EU peacekeeping role by kicking the shit out of Russians and displaying religious tolerance by chanting ‘ISIS where are you?’ in the Islamic quarter. Makes you proud to be British doesn’t it?
Now where’s that flag of St George…?