Ah, St George's Day.
The one day a year when the English feel even more uncertain about whether it's OK to be #ProudToBeEnglish.
just clicked on the #ProudToBeEnglish hashtag. WARNING: it will not make you proud to be English.— Rick Edwards (@rickedwards1) April 23, 2016
Inventing the game of football then being crap at it #ProudToBeEnglish— Don Slothy (@DonSlothy) April 23, 2016
i don't recall choosing where I was born or having to complete some kind of test. So why would I be #ProudToBeEnglish ?— Johnsonwonson (@Johnsonwonson) April 23, 2016
The hashtag trended on Saturday and it was a mixed bag of emotions.
There was the political angle...
I used to be #ProudToBeEnglish until the Tories got into power. Watching liars, thieves, cheats & killers makes me feel 😖&😩&😠. Oh the 😳😳— Saneeta MetalRocksMe (@MetalRocksMe) April 23, 2016
Tories oppressing poor and disabled people, increasing islamaphobia and racism, dropping bombs on civilians. Why I'm not #ProudToBeEnglish— sassy hoe ☭ (@bbyxscum) April 23, 2016
I'm not #ProudToBeEnglish tbh. The Tories are destroying everything that once made England a place to be proud of.— VanityByNature (@VanityByNature) April 23, 2016
A million people forced to eat from food banks, homelessness doubled in 6 years. Not sure I'm #ProudToBeEnglish at this moment in time.— Susan (@marthasydenham) April 23, 2016
Oh, and don't forget who you share your nationality with.
And then there was tripe like this.
Time for a reminder of who St George actually was.
The irony that St George was Syrian is evidently lost in a boozey, flag waving, 'bloody immigrants, coming over here' haze #ProudToBeEnglish— Jamie Roberts (@VincenzoJRezwah) April 23, 2016
Steve Brookstein chipped in.
Victorian Britain was hard for the poor. But they didn't have mental health issues. The had a stiff upper lip. #ProudToBeEnglish— Steve Brookstein (@stevebrookstein) April 23, 2016
Which didn't go down too well.
@BeachEpisode "Wine of Zamorak" i don't a care what a faceless troll with issues thinks. Ta ta— Steve Brookstein (@stevebrookstein) April 23, 2016
@stevebrookstein First time I've ever been called a "troll", thanks for the blessings— Wine of Zamorak (@BeachEpisode) April 23, 2016
But there was some merriment.
I opened the dishwasher while it was running and apologised to it. #ProudToBeEnglish— Amy Whyte (@AmyMWhyte) April 23, 2016
Visibly holding your cashcard in queue at the ATM— Fuck. It's Malcolm (@myswearyaccount) April 23, 2016
To notify person in front you're not going to fucking mug them #ProudToBeEnglish
#ProudToBeEnglish I'm so proud of the nation of Jeremy Kyle, payday loans and Talksport.— Dino Goldie (@dinogoldie) April 23, 2016
Watch Corrie with my Japanese TV. Call the dole office with my Korean fone.Order an Indian dinner.Buy cheap Polish cigs#ProudToBeEnglish— Southern ⚔ Comfort (@Janoobi_MUFC) April 23, 2016
Mistakenly dialling a family member & pretending you’re delighted at the hell of having to tolerate their personality #ProudToBeEnglish— Brendan (@Brendan_Surrey) April 23, 2016
People that say “You look well!” when you KNOW that you clearly look like a prolapsed dog’s anus when you left the house #ProudToBeEnglish— Brendan (@Brendan_Surrey) April 23, 2016