Friday, April 18, 2008

Will the real Jack Straw please stand up?

Jack Straw January 2000:

Home Secretary Jack Straw says the English had used their "propensity to violence to subjugate Ireland, Wales and Scotland" on the Radio 4 programme Brits.

Mr Straw will describe the English as "potentially very aggressive, very violent" and will "increasingly articulate their Englishness following devolution."

Jack Straw, April 2008:
Above all, for me, England is its tolerance and humour unique in itself — confident mocking of what we hold dear. Yes. I am sentimental about England. I am proud to be of England.

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