‘Who are these ‘little Englanders’ David Cameron is playing to?’ | J. Crace- The Guardian

‘Who are these ‘little Englanders’ David Cameron is playing to?’ | J. Crace

The point at issue here is who and what, exactly, is a little Englander?

The term was first used in the second Boer war to describe those who believed Britain had no right to poke its nose into affairs beyond its own borders. As such, it was a term of abuse for those who questioned Britain’s imperialist ambitions. Somewhere over the course of the past 100 years, the term has shifted meaning somewhat to include those who lament that one-third of the world is no longer painted red, those who insist the country went to the dogs with the introduction of decimal currency and those who think the only thing that can save us is the construction of maypoles in every village, regular flypasts by a lone Lancaster bomber and a law decreeing that all foreigners should be seen and not heard. Apart from on weekends, when they shouldn’t be seen either. In short, it has become a byword for small-minded bigotry.

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