England, the love that dares not speak its name
Respondents were questioned on several aspects of national pride, with English people judging their overall level of patriotism to be 5.8 out of ten on average – the lowest of the nine nations.
One in four English adults said 'political correctness' had left them feeling ashamed to be English, while forty per cent said they felt England had completely lost its national identity.
Just ten per cent said they would happily fly the national flag on their house or in their garden, compared to more than a third of Dutch people, with more than a quarter saying they feared being called racist if they did so.
However, forty per cent of English people said they were happy to express their national pride in private.
I spent an hour last night trying to find a tune for this week's Friday Night is Music Night, something suitably English. I failed to find almost anything on Youtube which wasn't toe-curlingly cringeworthyly soppy, or dog-whistling racist or just crass. I think the English find all this patriotism stuff just embarrassing, we know we are best so why make a song and dance out of it?