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England’s on the anvil

Dear Perry,

9th February 1996

It’s not much fun being English these days. We lose to South Africans at cricket. We mislay the best football coach the country’s had for 30 years. Brussels wants to harmonise us out of existence, and the snarling threat of secession by the north keeps Tory unionists awake at night. Even the tabloids whine about estuary English, and the pervasiveness of US popular culture. We shouldn’t. Let the French worry about the preservation of their language. We Englishmen have more serious matters to worry about.

Our identity is under…

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