18 August 1993

This England: The Stain on St George’s Flag

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On This England, revealing that this ‘heritage’ quarterly which favours cottages, steam engines, choirboys, and old shephered’s smocks, also has a toxic undercurrent connecting it to the far right.

‘Lord Taylor of Warwick’ is in trouble over his expenses,  but what about this disgraced house-flipper’s claim to have fought racism in the course of his parliamentary career?   Something nasty was certainly going on when he contested Cheltenham for the Tories in the early 1990s, as is revealed in this article – first published in the Guardian, 18 August 1993.

 “YOU CAN walk into any branch of W H Smith and pick up a copy of This England. Launched from Grimsby in 1968, this ‘quarterly reflection of English Life’ has moved to Cheltenham and done well for Roy Faiers, its founder and editor.

The starting impulse was proudly provincial. As the publisher of six county magazines, Faiers reckoned that the time was right to project the same values at a national level. Convinced that parochialism was a virtue, he hoisted the flag of St George in his first issues: ‘Instead of politics, we shall bring you the poetry of the English countryside . . . Instead of bigotry, we shall portray the beauty of our towns and villages’”…

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