So no sooner did I post on nationalism did the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron provide an excellent rhetorical example of nationalist sentiment. In response to an apparent jibe from Russian officials that Britain is “just a small island no-one pays attention to,” Cameron responded thusly:
Cameron says, in part:
Britain is an island that has helped to clear the European continent of fascism and was resolute in doing that throughout the Second World War.
Britain is an island that helped to abolish slavery, that has invented most of the things worth inventing, including every sport currently played around the world, that still today is responsible for art, literature and music that delights the entire world.
There you have it folks–Britain the Glorious! Thank you, Mr. Cameron, for that apt and timely example of nationalism.