Forget Nick Clegg, Billy Bragg is surely the greatest living Englishman. He writes today:
A poll published this week suggested that the English were the least patriotic people in Europe. Only one in 10 of those asked would happily fly the cross of St George. The remaining nine blamed fear of being called racist, and "political correctness", for their reluctance to show any national pride. Surely, however, these are just excuses. It's not "political correctness" or fear that inhibits our patriotism – it is the dark heart of English nationalism that makes us feel uneasy about flying the flag of St George, the same nationalism espoused by the British National Party.
Read the rest of this piece in The Daily Telegraph
Billy is currently campaigning against the BNP in Barking. He represents a stream of English radicalism that includes The Levellers, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and Thomas Paine. He remains, of course, a marvellous singer song writer. Here is the extraordinary moment in the 1980s when he performed Between the Wars live on Top of the Pops