You have to love the English.

     I certainly do, and not just because I'm married to one (well, OK, Anglo-Irish). I mean, look how they've responded to the recent attacks by deranged terrorists -- and deranged politicians:

  • The British Transport Police officer who waded in to confront the three men armed with knives carrying only a baton. He was seriously injured, as was an off-duty member of the Metropolitan Police who also tried to intervene.
  • nurse rushing to help the wounded and dying, was herself murdered. She was born in Australia, but seems to have adapted well to the prevailing English mindset.
  • And then there's perhaps my favourite: "Fuck you -- I'm Millwall" Roy Larner who charged the three all by himself inside the Black&Blue pub, allowing others to flee through the exits (Millwall is a southeast London football team.) He too was badly wounded.

     And then there's the political front:

  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan's office on taunts from Donald Trump: "He has more important things to do than respond to (his) ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context (Khan's) remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police — including armed officers — on the streets."

     And that pretty much exemplifies the spirit of the people. They've seen it all before, from the Zeppelin raids of the First War to the Blitz in the Second to IRA bombs.
     It's become almost a cliche, really  -- the "Keep Calm and Carry On" attitude that says nothing is going to faze them.
     And I love it.

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 13, 2017 at 2:37pm

R&L

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 13, 2017 at 3:00pm

No offense, but if the guy would have yelled, "Fuck you -- I'm Arsenal" there would have been a better result.  (and yeah, I do happen to be a big Arsenal fan.)

Comment by Foolish Monkey on June 13, 2017 at 3:02pm

great post!  John Oliver did a piece on this = one guy was seen sauntering in the crowd being evacuated - but with his glass of beer.  as oliver points out, the brits have endured a lot worse, like the blitz and then the IRA.  

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 13, 2017 at 3:10pm

Brilliant!

Comment by koshersalaami on June 13, 2017 at 4:13pm

I may actually forward a link to this.

Comment by Ron Powell on June 13, 2017 at 4:54pm

You have to love anyone who will come to the defense of an innocent victim of a vicious attack unarmed....

 

Comment by Boanerges on June 14, 2017 at 6:49am

Thanks, JMac

The Arsenal guys would have torn them apart with their bare hands, Amy. As would the Millwall fans, if there's been more of them present. Don't mess with soccer hooligans. Altogether now: "You'll Never Walk Alone".

Apparently some of the people in the pub hurled their pint glasses at the three asshats, at least momentarily distracting them.

Thanks, Jon.

Feel free, Kosh. In the interests of full disclosure, three of my four grandparents were from England (a long time ago now) and the fourth was a descendant of the Irish famine.

Fury is a helluva motivator, Ron. I think they really didn't care what happened to them personally -- just that there was an injustice being done.

Comment by Steel Breeze on June 14, 2017 at 6:56am

R&L.....

Comment by Rita Shibr on June 14, 2017 at 8:08pm

Thanks for this I admire very much the British resolve, loyalty and intelligence. 

Comment by Boanerges on June 15, 2017 at 6:44am

Thanks, Steel.

Hi Rita. Me too.

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