It seems that the BBC has finally acknowledged the truth of George Bernard Shaw’s aphorism. Demonstrating his inherent anti-Englishness, the old Fabian snob declared:
‘It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.’
And the barb hurts because to an extent we must accept that it is partly true.
In our defence, it is also true of people other than the English.