Patriotism without Nationalism.


The Lightning Seeds, David Baddiel & Frank Skinner – Three Lions (1996)

“There’s a way of being patriotic that is not nationalist, and I think that was found in the country, and in football, and at Wembley at the same time.” – David Baddiel

Our last post may have given you the impression we don’t like football. On the contrary, we absolutely love football! We just hate hooliganism, racism and xenophobia, things that appear to have resurfaced recently with some ugly scenes both in France and at home related to the referendum.

It makes us sad that this has happened during the Euros, as we remember three lions on a shirt and football coming home in a celebratory, non-nationalistic way that left some of the ugliness of the past where it belonged – in the past.

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