Allegiance to whom?

The government is desperately trying to tackle the problem that do gooders from previous governments created, the lack of British culture and identity. The latest pathetic, quick fix attempt is having school children swear an oath of allegiance.

BBC News | Pupils ‘to take allegiance oath’

“School-leavers should be encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen and country, says a report commissioned by Gordon Brown on British citizenship.”

Teenagers DrinkingUnfortunately British children do not understand what being British means and so swearing an oath of allegiance would be pointless. Part of the reason that youths today are so unruly is because they don’t feel a part of anything, they don’t feel that society wants or needs them and they are right, it doesn’t.

With 3/4 of all new jobs in Britain going to immigrants there isn’t a role or a future for the British youth. No wonder they have a ‘What’s the point?’ attitude.

Those who leave school with GCSEs discover that that are unable to find gainful employment in today’s flexible labour market. Those whose parents can afford to allow them to pursue A levels or Diplomas find the same thing when they leave. University is now the preserve of the well off, the rest, just have to make do.

Our education system is a joke. It does everything possible to remove individualism, and make sure that there aren’t any losers of any sort. The heads of children are filled with possibilities that they can never fulfil, of great jobs, great prospects and lifestyles upon leaving school. Few dream of leaving school to become cleaners, road sweepers, or even plumbers or decorators, they have loftier visions. Of course when the reality of the job market hits them and that the only real jobs out there aren’t what they envisaged, they continue to think that they are better than that.

Many end up working for agencies, or just give up altogether and claim benefits or turn to crime.

Having an oath of allegiance isn’t going to lessen that blow. They will still discover that they were deceived, that life for them in ‘modern Britain’ is probably worse than it was in the 70s. I doubt that they will feel particularly loyal to the country that cheated them.

Besides, even at 16 they will already know that Britain is a myth, so divided that it doesn’t really even exist anymore, except in England. There’s Scotland, Wales Northern Ireland and Britain, the only people that consider themselves British are the English. The rest have their own laws, own parliaments and the facility to make their own decisions. The significance of this is not lost on English children.

The youth of today need more than an oath of allegiance to placate them, they need a country that needs them, has a future for them and that appreciates them. Unfortunately the English youth, like England itself, are in limbo, struggling to find their identity and place in the world.

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4 responses to “Allegiance to whom?

  1. This is so interesting…you could take pretty much everything you just said and apply it to America as well… is liberal socialism, multiculturism, lack of borders, language etc…. are they to blame in the UK as well/// funny how these things have the same effect no matter where they take root

  2. Free to think, free to believe...

    I think the paragraph beginning ‘The education system is a joke.’ gets to the root of how those who ‘drop out’ are seen as losers – and most problematically – by themselves amongst others. The ‘higher visions’ that they get and lack of reality before that make them unwilling to do those jobs ‘immigrants’ ‘take’ – the truth is that if they were willing to put their mind and body into whatever it was that the job was – they’d probably be preferred to immigrants due to language problems some immigrants have… SO far from being a threat the immigrant worker is being ‘given’ these jobs as others walk away from them.

    I have worked as an ‘industrial temp’ for some time and I’ve seen this on the shop floor myself.

    I’m reminded of a story a couple of years ago of a phd student working on possible cures for cancer going off and becoming a plumber because it paid a heck of a lot more. Whilst the plumbing of my house is important and crucial to me – should society value a plumber more than someone who is investigating cures for diseases? Because that’s how the money gets distributed. [I’d be in favour of equality between professions as then folk may gravitate to their particular leaning and not have to suffer for it.]

    I don’t think we ever really had much of a ‘British identity’ – that we generally had a local identity which was seen to command loyalty to various things and far from do-gooders destroying the british identity I think Thatcher with her policies of hard economics and private war against the miners did the most damage.

  3. TRM said,

    “is liberal socialism, multiculturism, lack of borders, language etc…. are they to blame in the UK as well”

    I think so. We seem to have tried so hard to accomodate other cultures and peoples that we seem to have lost sight of what it is to be British.

    Is this a problem in the US too? Most people in the UK tend to associate the US with patriotic fervour, where all public building and many personal residences fly the flag. If America is following the same path as Britain then it is very worrying. The Union Jack is rarely seen in the UK.

  4. Free to think, free to believe…

    I agree that we need immigrants in our job market, but surely having them fill the low end jobs whilst millions are unemployed is unsustainable? Where will it end as sooner or later the immigrants will be getting better and better jobs. Many foreign workers send a large portion of their wages home. This too must be having a detrimental effect on the economy.

    We’d be better served finding out why our own school leavers are unable or unwilling to do such work and where needed, make them. I remember visiting a job centre a couple of years ago and whilst many of the middle aged unemployed are usually victims of circumstance (lack of qualifications or experience), the younger ones seem to believe they don’t need jobs. I heard one young man complaining loudly that he didn’t need to get a job as he had ten jobs already ‘eating, shitting, sleeping….’ I couldn’t believe my ears, or my eyes when he was still given benefits.

    I agree that wages for jobs should be more standardised, I am sure that it would be more beneficial for soceity if people chose careers because it was what they wanted to do, rather than what paid best.

    The average wage is supposed to £21,000 a year. But the average is pretty much meaningless in a society where it is possible for some to earn £1 million a year and certainly creates a false impression. It would be interesting to see what the mode wage is in the UK.

    Free to think, free to believe… said:

    “I don’t think we ever really had much of a ‘British identity’ – that we generally had a local identity which was seen to command loyalty to various things and far from do-gooders destroying the british identity I think Thatcher with her policies of hard economics and private war against the miners did the most damage.”

    Whilst I agree that the lack of community and local identity has made it very difficult to promote any kind of Britishness, I don’t believe that everything can be laid at Thatcher’s door. This started way before she came into office, Britain was searching for an identity and a place in the world pretty much as soon as WWII ended.

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