John of Gaunt redux

More evidence that “this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England” isn’t doing so good: Kindly take that cigar outside Mr Brunel, do you think you’re some sort of hero?, on the unfortunate BBC poll to identify the 100 greatest Britons, and Constructing a value map, an account of how geography is taught in

This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands.

The idea, apparently, is that the inhabitants of the precious stone don’t need any actual info about the less happier lands. If you live in “this other Eden, demi-paradise,” all you need to know is to vote Green.

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