Friday 24 November 2017

Brexit vote shattered my view of the English as a nation of dull conformists

Theresa May cut a lonely figure among EU leaders. But the situation is not without precedent Photo: PA Wire
Theresa May cut a lonely figure among EU leaders. But the situation is not without precedent Photo: PA Wire
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

My mother, though always courteous to individuals, didn't have a high opinion of the ordinary Englishman (or woman). She considered them a "dull" people, ground into cogs in a wheel by the industrial revolution, which required people to be dullards serving Mammon and master. This was in contrast to the imaginative and poetic Irish.

She made exceptions, of course, for Englishmen like Byron, who were proper romantics, even if he had, rather transgressively, slept with his sister and shocked the Victorians.

We all inherit something of our parents' values, however much we react against them, and I think I picked up something of Ma's attitude.

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