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Not complete; assistance appreciated. Source: Show of Hands, "Roots". Inspired by this LibCon article, quoting from the News of the World:

…local council candidates John Coombes, of Maidenhead, Berks, and Dick Hamilton of Marlow, Bucks, were sitting with others around a brazier.
Hamilton’s ghettoblaster blared out songs supporting Hitler and attacking “ni**ers”.

And a fascist thug said his hope and dream
Is events where everybody's white as cream.
Call it a festival? What d'you call
Events where no-one sings at all

And everyone stares at the same small dream
Losing at cricket and letting off steam
With piss-weak lager and combat boots
Whingers and thugs in cheap-ass suits

And we oughta be ashamed of all these trends
Of the way we treat our cousins and friends
Without their cooking or their sounds

How will we know where we're all bound?
I've lost St. George and the Union Jack
That's my flag too and I want it back

Laugh away boys, let them go
On and on in their lonely show
We've gained more than we'll ever know
From the open shores of England.

Date: 2009-08-26 02:56 pm (UTC)
ext_15802: (berk)
From: [identity profile] megamole.livejournal.com
losing at cricket

But we won the Ashes!


Date: 2009-08-26 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
My point precisely!

Date: 2009-08-26 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-alchemist.livejournal.com
I like it, but I'm unsure about the references to lager and suits - they feel a bit classist. There are plenty of fascists with expensive clothes and good taste in drink...

Date: 2009-08-26 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Mm, that's a good point. On the other hand, there are plenty of working-class people who drink good beer and know about clothes, and a lot of middle-class people who don't - most of the cheap-mass-market-lager drinkers I've known have been very middle-class, in fact, while the working class ones preferred bitter and often real ale. So I don't think that one is a marker for class in the way you seem to be suggesting. Cheap suits are definitely a class marker, but again, not for the working class in my experience.

Date: 2009-08-26 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] friend-of-tofu.livejournal.com
AaaaaAAnnnd that article neatly demonstrates a very good point about why I got very annoyed with some one-track Socialist Worker people insisting that "we should close down" the BNP's festival. This way, they can't blame anyone but themselves.

Date: 2009-08-26 10:32 pm (UTC)
ext_3375: Banded Tussock (Default)
From: [identity profile] hairyears.livejournal.com
There's always going to be a place where losers end up, and for badly-socialised losers with a propensity to violence, that place is nationalist fringe groups.

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