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Twenty pound note
by Clint Wayne
2007-03-14 09:24:35
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Englishman Horatio Nelson destroyed the Spanish Armada at the Battle of Trafalgar, Englishman Francis Drake similarly kept the Spanish Navy in check all over the world, the very English Duke of Wellington smashed the dominance of Napoleon in Europe and English explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton braved the frozen wastes of Antarctica for fun! So readers are you following my theme?

No? Well how about Englishman William Shakespeare, the greatest ever playwright and the scourge of every schoolboy, or Edwin Elgar, the English composer of the English Anthem ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Now I know you’re with me.

I could add Crimean Nurse Florence Nightingale or Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel or even Adam Smith……sorry, who was that…Adam Smith! Well he must be famous and achieved great…..well, great achievements, otherwise why else would he be awarded the privilege of replacing Edwin Elgar, without any ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, to be the new face on the reverse side of the English Twenty Pound Note, the most used note in the English Monetary System?

Now Adam Smith is ‘a Scottish Political Economist who apparently played a key role in the intellectual movement known as the Scottish Enlightenment’. Well, there we have it, he’s an Accountant who helped Scotland and I bet he was the life and soul of dinner parties in the mid-1700s!

Now some of you out there in Euro land are probably wondering what all the fuss is about? Firstly, Scotland have their own banknotes decorated with Scottish Heroes just as it should be, but this is just another step in the chipping away of English Nationalism brought about by faceless grey-suited Civil Servants somewhere in the depths of Whitehall.

Why stop there? Why not replace Elizabeth Fry [five pound note] and Charles Darwin [ten pound note] with Robert Bruce and Mel Gibson, sorry William Wallace to really put us in our place?

A recent poll commissioned by ‘Virgin Money’ gave Winston Churchill 52%, a landslide ahead of Stephen Hawking, John Lennon and Spike Milligan. As our Wartime Leader also won the ‘Greatest 20th Century Englishman’ vote he would have been an apt and very popular choice.

On May 3rd Scotland go to the Polls to elect their Scottish Members of Parliament, please Scotland, vote for Alex Salmon and his Scottish Nationalist Party and then back him in his quest for Scottish Independence. The majority of Englishman would wish you well and, in doing so, would give the English a chance to regain its pride.

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Asa2007-03-14 11:05:54
So he is already on the Bank of Scotland fifty pound sterling note. And now a Scot is on a Bank of England note...ok then...is it April Fool's Day already?

Carpman2007-03-17 10:26:58
Couldn't agree more Clint, but I suspect that it will fade in our memories once we are forced to fill our wallets with Euros.

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