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Thread #168067 Message #4059623
Posted By: JeffB
16-Jun-20 - 07:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Union Flag and English values
Subject: RE: BS: The Union Flag and English values
Capt Swing - Well, going back off-piste again - the motto on the royal coat of arms (the de facto coat of arms of the UK) is Dieu et Mon Droit, which is French for God and My Right. Obviously this needs to go. In the first place, it's FRENCH goddammit, which has to be completely unacceptable for a post-Brexit UK. Secondly, it's an affirmation of the divine right of kings, a doctrine which should have been thoroughly disproved when Charles I had his last breakfast in 1649. We should have ditched that motto over 350 years ago, but that's the English for you, an unduly sentimental attachment to any old bits of cultural junk our distant ancestors happen to have left lying around.
ABCD - Well, no, I suppose not. After all, I suppose Latin is a bit of unduly sentimental cultural junk our distant ancestors have left lying around, if you want to be picky, as I just KNOW you do. So perhaps we should get "with it" and not be too "square" about this sort of thing, and explore modern possibilities that might appeal more to our young folk. How about a motto in the new language of Rap? Perhaps we could respectfully remember our Scottish ex-compatriots by borrowing their "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit" and rendering it as "Doan shit on me man, else you go doooown, innit." Just a suggestion. Perhaps the Poet Laureate and Mr Stormzy could get together on hammering out something which will appeal to the boyz, hoods, chavs, skinheads, rockers, rappers, hip-hoppers, ravers and goths upon whom the future of our great nation depends.