RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: The way patriotism is sneered at makes you ashamed to be British! By Richard Littlejohn for the Daily Mail Published: 02:06 GMT, 15 April 2014 | Updated: 04:02 GMT, 15 April 2014 e-mail 117 View Patriotic: Winston Churchill was intensely patriotic, a quality which sustained the nation during World War II and ensured our survival The famous story goes that when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister, he was woken one freezing February morning by a Downing Street aide bearing the shocking news that a male Tory MP had been caught having sex with a naked guardsman in St James’s Park.Noting that it had been the coldest night of the winter, Churchill is said to have remarked: ‘Makes you proud to be British.’Even if this wonderful anecdote isn’t true, it ought to be. Churchill’s reported reaction epitomised the ironic essence of Britishness: an amused tolerance, admiration for the determined triumph of perseverance over adversity, and a celebration of the fabled stiff upper lip.As a definition of old-fashioned, understated British values, Churchill’s quip is right up there with: ‘I am just going outside and I may be some time’ — the last words of polar explorer Captain Oates.While Churchill, like… Read full this story
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