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We are proud of English culture!


People on the political, international left, especially the young, Marxist revolutionaries and romantic utopians, proclaim that there is no such thing as English culture. Or they dismiss English culture as being expressed only through quaint minority hobbies like Morris dancing and bird watching.

Here is a list of achievements that are either distinctively English, or else they are “Helleno-Judeo-Christian” in origin and then shaped and combined and made into the foundation of Western civilisation by the English or – to a slightly lesser degree – by other European cultures. The foundations of Englishness were laid in Anglo-Saxon times and have been built upon ever since:

  • the freedom of the individual, within the framework of laws passed by Parliament, for individuals to order their lives as they please,
  • the uniform enforcement of law independent of the executive and the church,
  • the values for which Magna Carta is most remembered,
  • habeas corpus,
  • common law,
  • our championship of liberty,
  • representative democracy and our monarchy,
  • freedom of expression,
  • freedom of religion,
  • critical thinking, rational scepticism, the Socratic method,
  • dispassionate inquiry,
  • our civil society,
  • fairness,
  • charity,
  • sexual equality,
  • our science (especially in medicine), technology and innovation,
  • entrepreneurship,
  • the English language and its literature,
  • England’s Christian heritage and architecture,
  • our regional cultures,
  • our folk, choral and orchestral music, nursery rhymes,
  • our invention of most of the world’s sports,
  • our love of the natural world – and in particular our countryside,
  • gardening: from allotments through flower shows to the vistas of Capability Brown.

English culture is opposed by Islam – We don’t see a lot of support for these in Islamic scripture, nor in the public participation by British Muslims in English civil society. What’s more, in no Islamic society in the world are any of these features given priority. On this basis it is close to certainty that, as Britain becomes more Islamified, we stand to lose each of these – and to lose the whole which is greater than the sum of its parts.

English culture is opposed by Cultural Marxism – Our list is bold and proud and looks beyond the clichéd media stereotype of Englishness that sets up a straw-man version of Englishness for ridicule – one that assumes Englishness began in the Victorian era and that it was middle class, and part of a recently made up, jingoistic, false memory of the British Empire. Our list shows it has a longer heritage and a serious, civilisation-forming, world-changing core.

There has been, until the Blair years, an assumption that English opinion-formers, decision-makers and popular icons valued and practised traditional values of honesty, fidelity, thrift, temperance, punctuality, fortitude, gratitude, dedication, kindness and loyalty. Now, in 2016, they are derided – particularly by Cultural Marxists, who are also doing their best to kidnap “British values” and use them to oppress groups they can’t knock into (their) line in any other way.

It is a jocular English trait to define Englishness by reference to catchy trivia: “hot-water bottles instead of a sex life …” is what Jeremy Paxman said timidly. We can do better than that!

To those who ask us: “English Defence League? What are you defending?”, we proudly show this list.



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  1. If any man wishes to know more of our heritage, I suggest you read foxes book of martyrs. It’s was chained next to the bible in most Protestant churches for hundreds of years. It was the common mans bible and passages where read to congregations regularly. It is a brutal but often touching account of the struggles of persecution from Catholicism. It helps us understand why our forefathers killed so many Catholics,they were fed the pages from this book and gladly followed Cromwell in the name of Christ. Read it and take what you will from it. Personally I believe if you don’t know of this book and it’s significance within our culture then you have only skimmed the surface of knowing the common man.

  2. How is Christianity an example of English culture? Christianity is a Middle Eastern religion that venerates a dead Palestinian Jew and places humanity under the heel of the same angry, uncaring Middle Eastern God that Muslims believe. How is the influence of the Middle Eastern God in Christian form comendable while in Islamic form it is feared and reviled? True English patriots should reject both these strains of Middle Eastern influence on our culture.

  3. There’s to many pussys running this great country,to scared to say and do what is really needed to keep this great nation great,it frustrates me to the point where I feel so much anger that we have to put up with they’re f**ked up views,and it’s us the joe blogs public that take the full consequences of their mistakes rip and still they will fall more and more

  4. In all due respect the list of pragmatic reasons to be proud of our country would be wasted on a muslim or muslim sympathizer. Why shouldn’t the British be proud of our heritage? Simple, because we’re not f*****g muslim; filthy, malignant, dirty, raping, killing, muslims. Sounds bad, but I forgot, lol, every atrocity committed by a rag-head pleases the almighty Allah….. silly me, lol! Supposing there was a god, do they think he’d give a f**k whether or not you eat halal or McDonald’s? 😉

  5. hey. my name is Rakesh bin Laden. I am here to inform you about some situations that I am currently under. I live in Baghdad in Iraq and I have some of our soldiers who work under you guys as the infidel you are. Your next protest will mark the place we will be at next, watch out as well all love,

    Rakesh Bin Laden
    [EDL says: This comment is not from Baghdad, but from this London IP address It’s refreshing to get a threat that is less foul-mouthed than usual so we can post it. These threats are not uncommon. What is common is that they come to nothing.]

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