Song of Patriotic Prejudice
is a delightful Flanders & Swann
song extolling the virtues of the English in a quintessential English manner that only Flanders and Swann could pull-off. For those nationalities outside of the UK home countries, this song should be seen both in the context of the 1960s and that the Welsh, Scots and Irish are flamboyant with their flags, language, culture etc., the English on the whole are a staid and frankly dull lot.
I well remember when serving on the Mighty Vic (HMS Victorious) in the 1960s that whilst our Scottish, Welsh and Irish shipmates always celebrated their respective national holiday, we, the majority of dull English, let St. George's Day pass without any kind of celebration whatsoever.
That Dr. Rosteck
and I had this song in our repertoire may be seen as distinctly odd but my friend and mentor, "Dr. Ollie" as I irreverently but affectionately called him was quite happy to exchange his own nationality to that of an honorary Englishman performing this song. I always loved the song's punch line to whit:
It's not that they're wicked or naturally bad:
It's knowing they're foreign that makes them so mad!