Orwell and the left’s problem with patriotism

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“Writing in the Observer this weekend, shadow UK culture secretary Lucy Powell claims Labour is ‘the party of patriotism.’ Given the largely derogatory attitudes of Labour’s predominantly middle-class, Remainer-ish support base towards Britain — its history, people and no doubt future — Powell’s assertion is best consumed with a bucket-load of salt. … To understand the nature and politics of patriotism, it is worth revisiting the work of George Orwell, the writer who did most to explore what he called ‘the devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force upon other people’ (as he put it in Notes on Nationalism).” (06/05/22)