chapter  6
3 Pages

Phillip Gibbs, ‘Here, then, is something of England…’ From England Speaks (1935)

You can remain a patriot if you will become a snob. Realise that the lower class, not the middle, is the typical Englishman, and you can love our race without difficulty. Officers, stock-brokers, politicians, grocers-they run us, but they are not England numerically, and their self-righteousness is not our national characteristic. Shuttleworth and I have decided to be snobs. We shrink, consciously, from such people, just as they shrink unconsciously from the lower class whom we love. We used to pretend we shrank from no one. But it’s no good. Middle-class people smell.