Thoughts (again) regarding Nation and Nationalism...
I was in a the Sheperd's Bush area of West London this morning ahead of what turned out to be an abortive
|QPR -The Loftus Road Entrance.|
Football used to be a working class (male) sport with strong links to the community and area the team was located in but in Great Britain now we see in football a truly Global business, it is about identity and brand and as we see in Brazil this is also the case where the game is played internationally on the world stage.
I can (if I want ) choose to support Manchester United having never been to Manchester and many of the worldwide fans do indeed take this position.
When I was in Glasgow recently and having spoken with others about the difference from England (and more specifically London) - I start to ask myself what it is to be nationalistic - why does it matter to me in sports that my country should do well?
Do I feel British or English?
Where does the difference lie between Patriotism and Nationalism?
Norman Tebbit famously characterised nationality by the 'Cricket test' and Samuel Johnston labeled Patriotism as
" the last refuge of the scoundrel "
Nations and nationhood are relatively modern constructs and race undoubtedly plays a part in the Nationalist agenda as the Austrian born Hitler was very clear about - for me I will resist nationalism but this is not always easy strangely particularly when sport is involved.