Britain seeks motto, get lots of piss taking

Prime minister Gordon Brown is asking for trouble with his idea to find a national slogan for Great Britain. Looking to help him out, The Times asked for suggestions from readers. Among the submissions: “Created by heroes, destroyed by Labour.” “Our government no longer listens.” “Drinking continues until morale improves.” “Our glass is half empty.” “Fat, rude arrogant, racist, selfish.” “Sorry, it’s all our fault.” “Promoting ahistorical unity myths since 1066.” “We apologise for the inconvenience.” “No balls, nerve or glory.” And the curious (to American ears) “Dipso fatso bingo asbo Tesco.” In the midst of this cynical barrage, someone had the nerve to suggest “Great people, great country, Great Britain.”

—Posted by Tim Nudd