The British support of the strong
Is matched by support of the weak
A clash when the harmony dies in a song
A great helping hand when you ‘re not at your peak!
We Balance our favour and power and will
With obstinate John Bullish spirit
‘Suck it and see’ sort of medical pill
As a cure where some are encouraged to fight
Though tipping the balance is grounds to just fear it!
We come to the aid of the unarmed and poor
Our chivalry leaps over bounds
We stand up for justice and right and allure
Which often conflict with the raw legal sounds!
We take it in turns when we punch in a fight,
And await while our foes catch their breath
We’ll stand up for colour, for blue, black and white
Even when fighting might lead to our death.
We’ll open a door to a lady, ofcourse
Especially one who is fair!
It’s always important to use only force
That’s enough to convey that you care!
And fight as we do, as we’ve done, as we will
Against local or foreigner plonker
How you think and then play in the game will fulfil
British needs…. though it’s always a joy when we conker!
British Fair Play
£50.00 – £1,800.00
The Concept of ‘British Fair Play’ is fixed in the British psyche from an early age. It is not always adhered to, but people know what it means. It often makes itself clear when a crowd support a smaller man in a fight – or a smaller country in the Balancing of Power. That we British had an Empire, did not man that we acted unfairly. Yet the concept does not mean ‘losing’ either; rather it means to fight as hard as you can and doing your duty. It incorporates ‘knowing your place’ and ‘manners’ within a code of behaviour that rewards achievement and punishes cowardice, cheating or queue-barging. It allows movement in within the social hierarchy, if it is earned. The concept stretches to the incorporation of foreigners within British society – provided that they ‘play by the rules’, which means speaking behaving and dressing like locals, being patriotic, appreciating our history and culture. It requires people to be ‘acceptable’ in order to be ‘accepted’. It explains how Foreign soldiers fought, and still fight, for Britain, alongside Brits. It incorporates chivalry and decency.
Fair Play incorporates the idea that win, lose or draw, both sides can walk off the pitch with their dignity preserved and their mutual respect enhanced – it requires both to try their best.
The game of Conkers, often played by schoolboys, illustrates this concept, with each player of whatever age and build taking it in turns to strike his opponents conker to pieces, thereby rising within the school as a victor and receiving praise and adulation. Win or lose, it is traditional to shake hands at the end.