Derek & Bruce Bennett in younger days.
At last, a bit of time for blogging in between preparing for election and other things, such as finding time for the odd pint in the pub with our kid.
"Our kid", by the way, is a term used in the Black Country for someones brother, and last Sunday while enjoying a pint in my favourite watering hole, the Lyndon House Hotel, somehow or other our kid, Bruce, and I got on to the topic of England and its place in the world.
He was musing about how England is often seen as an oppressor nation lording it over the Scots Welsh, Irish, and our present and past colonies, but few really look at what the English have done for these countries over the years.
Although the Scots claim the North Sea oil to be theirs, the way the sectors in the North Sea are divided most of the oil rigs are situated in English sectors, but brought on-shore in Scotland, it is English, not Scottish oil. So as the Scots can't claim that oil as their own and finally devolved completely from England, as a lot of Scots Nat's want, they would be left with very little without the English as a benefactor as we currently are. The same applies to the Welsh and Northern Irish, it is English taxpayers money that keeps them going.
Our kid also pointed out how the French and other European colonists just abandoned many of their colonies and left them to their own devices, whilst the English made sure that our colonies were supported and left with a democracy and a good infrastructure. If some of these colonies have gone wayward since, then it is not the doing of the English yet we still seem to get the blame for their problems.
If you look through history we did do things wrong, Liverpool and Bristol became very wealthy cities on the back of slavery and the human misery that vile trade created, but that trade was helped by many Africans themselves - the Arabs carried on slaving after we had seen the error of our ways. Again the reason Slavery was abolished was thanks to the English with figures such as William Wilberforce leading the fight against it.
I remember an old cartoon from years ago in which a Scotsman says "Scotland for the Scottish", those around him shout "Yeah, right on", then the Welshman says "Wales for the Welsh", much to the agreement of those present and the same thing for the Northern Irishman with everyone agreeing. Then the Englishman says "England for the English", they all shout: "Racist pig!". Our kids theory is that England and the English are a very put upon nation.
Bruce & Derek Bennett enjoying a beer in the Lyndon House Hotel, Walsall.