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To think we should totally stop Europe confusing 'British' with 'Southern English/London'

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Lanark2 Thu 17-Mar-16 23:05:24

Just today I heard someone in European Parliament saying 'the British don't like harmonisation and cooperation, they like the opposite, competition', and things like 'the British are emotionally repressed and cold' or 'the British think that friendliness and openness as lower class/ a deficiency'
'The British fear social contact and won't speak to people they see every day at the busstop'.

These are ALL southern english traits (in fact Northern French origin) that are undone by the friendlier, more open, elless fearful, less odd internationally Scots, northern Irish, northern English and welsh...

At least that's what I think AIBU?

Lanark2 Thu 17-Mar-16 23:06:18

Not less odd!!.. Less 'cold'!

WorraLiberty Thu 17-Mar-16 23:07:52


Must try harder.

RortyCrankle Thu 17-Mar-16 23:09:39

Utter rubbish.

Lanark2 Thu 17-Mar-16 23:10:05

Not elesse.. 'Less',
and not internationally, ' component nations of'


RortyCrankle Thu 17-Mar-16 23:10:18


PaulAnkaTheDog Thu 17-Mar-16 23:11:17

Don't be a dick.

WorraLiberty Thu 17-Mar-16 23:11:41

Try adding more tonic water OP.

PaulAnkaTheDog Thu 17-Mar-16 23:12:04

(Also, is Scots can be right cunts)

LucyBabs Thu 17-Mar-16 23:13:30

What about the Republic of Ireland sob

Lanark2 Thu 17-Mar-16 23:13:55

I mean it! I just think we are more varied than we think as a nation, and I get annoyed by being called unfriendly, dispassionate and/ or having London views believed to be the same, and wondered how this could be expressed differently.

The same happens across Europe too, but a lot of English traits are internationally quite rare.

WorraLiberty Thu 17-Mar-16 23:16:03

'London views'?

How does a city have views?

HoneyDragon Thu 17-Mar-16 23:17:44

Oh op. Do you ever get out and interact with actual humans?

SaucyJack Thu 17-Mar-16 23:20:45

I think MN should stop saying London/the South East like we're all one homogenous group too.

I'm nowhere near fucking London in geography, style or substance. We have our own identity down here.

<Folds arms>

RortyCrankle Thu 17-Mar-16 23:32:08

Correcting your bad spelling does not improve the message. It's still utter rubbish.

Bambambini Thu 17-Mar-16 23:32:27

No, because when they invade and conquer - everyone not in London and the South will be okey dokey.

BabyDubsEverywhere Thu 17-Mar-16 23:33:00

I would like the Black Country to be declared a country in its own right... seeing as everything is about the South or the North and nothing in the bloody middle exists!

ouryve Thu 17-Mar-16 23:34:52

I'm way up north and slightly blinded by the gross over-generalisations.

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