Alphaville's Matthew Klein flags this line:
"many of the leaders of the Remain camp are of Norman origin,while most of the leaders of the Leave campaign are Anglo-Saxon"
"many of the leaders of the Remain camp are of Norman origin, while most of the leaders of the Leave campaign are Anglo-Saxon"— Matthew C. Klein (@M_C_Klein) June 22, 2016
Which naturally enough leads us directly to a sometimes jingoistic wordsmith (and pretty good rhymer):
- "MY son," said the Norman Baron, "I am dying, and you will be heir
- To all the broad acres in England that William gave me for my share
- When we conquered the Saxon at Hastings, and a nice little handful it is.
- But before you go over to rule it I want you to understand this:--
- "The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
- But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice and right.
- When he stands like an ox in the furrow with his sullen set eyes on your own,
- And grumbles, 'This isn't fair dealing,' my son, leave the Saxon alone.
- "You can horsewhip your Gascony archers, or torture your Picardy spears;
- But don't try that game on the Saxon; you'll have the whole brood round your ears.
- From the richest old Thane in the country to the poorest chained serf in the field,
- They'll be at you and on you like hornets, and, if you are wise, you will yield.
- "But first you must master their language, their dialect, proverbs and songs.
- Don't trust any clerk to interpret when they come with the tale of their wrongs.
- Let them know that you know what they're saying; let them feel that you know what to say.
- Yes, even when you want to go hunting, hear 'em out if it takes you all day.
- "They'll drink every hour of the daylight and poach every hour of the dark.
- It's the sport not the rabbits they're after (we've plenty of game in the park).
- Don't hang them or cut off their fingers. That's wasteful as well as unkind,
- For a hard-bitten, South-country poacher makes the best man-at-arms you can find.
- "Appear with your wife and the children at their weddings and funerals and feasts.
- Be polite but not friendly to Bishops; be good to all poor parish priests.
- Say 'we', 'us' and 'ours' when you're talking, instead of 'you fellows' and 'I.'
- Dont' ride over seeds; keep your temper; and never you tell 'em a lie!"
- -Rudyard Kipling, Songs Written for C.R.L. Fletcher's "A History of England"