The Progressive Patriot by Billy Bragg

29 Mar

With so much negativity about being English around these days, it’s nice to read a book like this.

Bragg’s basic tenet is that as a people we’ve been getting more egalitarian and that’s why we should be proud.

I didn’t realise how autobiographical the book was, and I found that a bit tiresome as I’m not a groupy, rather I’m interested in his take on what it is to be English. The important bits could have been compacted into a long essay and would have had the same effect on me.

However, some of the history is interesting and backs up his main point.

Worth a read if nationality is something of interest.

See this post for more reviews of books on being english.


3 Responses to “The Progressive Patriot by Billy Bragg”

  1. Urban Muslim September 12, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Despite 9-11 and other setbacks, I agree with the point about ‘egalitarian’.
    In fact, I argued with one of my teacher in Egypt when she tried to encourage discussion by claiming there is racism in the UK when applying to jobs.
    If I return to Egypt and have the displeasure of meeting her I might make the point that, despite all the ‘Black’ people they have, it’s rare to find them in front of the camera.
    What are they ashamed of, when Cleopatra may have been Black too!
    Whereas in England, in general, we celebrate Black people in the media and education and not just in comedy and music/singing.


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