:: Monday, June 21, 2004 ::

Cross Reference

Further to the post and discussion below, whether or not you can 'claim' the St. George Cross is a controversial debate on the left. I recall a recent exchange between Billy Bragg and Labour MP Martin Linton in the Guardian. When Tommy Sheridan suggested that the left could claim that flag he was met with a stony silence at a Socialist Alliance meeting in London.

Personally I don't care too much for waving national flags but if black and Asian englishmen and women want to wave that flag, then I don't have a big problem with it.

The bigger question is claiming the real history of England as a history of ordinary folk. The Communist Party history group did a lot of work on this with historians like EP Thompson and Christopher Hill showing the real radical history of the English people from the peasants revolt to the civil war to the general strike and battle of Cable Street.

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