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12.10.07

My opinion about British people



I have a strong admiration for the British people and it’s History. There are three countries that may be considered the “fathers” of all the Rights and Freedoms that we, European people, have: England, with the “Magna Carta”, France, with its ideas of “Liberté, Egalité et Fraternité” and the USA, when representatives of the 13 states wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights (...)”

I lived and worked in London, for some months, in 2005, during a financially difficult period of my life. I shared a flat with two Portuguese and three Brazilians, all immigrants working at cleaning services and in restaurants. I have a son who is studying in the University, in London. I admire the efficiency and the fairness of British society, in dealing with serious problems like racism and xenophobia. When I watch debates in the British Parliament, on TV, I always remember that the place where those debates happen is were modern Parliaments, an essential part of Democracy, were born.

For around 28 years, reading the weekly edition of “The Economist” has been some kind of a ritual, for me. I wish that I could be able to write with that accuracy, mixed with a touch of irony, giving to their readers a clear analysis and explanation of what happens, all over the world. And I don’t believe that a pack of blood-thirsty and howling tabloid journalists, willing to kill – or let someone be killed – to have a story that helps them to keep their jobs, is representative of the British people.

In 1941, my father was drafted to the Army, Infantry Battalion nº 13. As soon as the Portuguese Government gave permission to the Allied Forces to use the Azores Air Base, everybody in Portugal was convinced that, in a few weeks, the Nazi war machine would run over our country. A short-wave radio was a luxury item that few people could afford. There was an officer, at my father's Battalion, that had one. Many times, late at night, a few friends would gather around that radio, to listen to what was called “The Voice of Truth” - BBC radio broadcastings, in Portuguese.

I admire the British people, his achievements, his contribution to the History of Mankind. Great-Britain is one of the great nations of the world and if it wasn’t the decision to “fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills”, if necessary, and “never surrender (...) until in God's good time the New World with all its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old”, all Europe – including Portugal – could have been, for a long time, under the darkest of all evil powers that have threatened Humankind, since the beginning of time.

I still believe that British people will never surrender.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a shame you don't know the difference between 'England' and 'Britain'. You use the words interchangeably and it's offensive to Welsh and Scottish people. I wouldn't confuse Portuguese nationality with Spanish, I have more respect for your respective countries. Please show the same respect back. Thank you.

Paulo Reis said...

It was not my intention to offend anyone, as I think it is obvious... Is it correct to refer "British people" and "Great-Britain"?

Thank you...

Paulo Reis said...

I think that the mention about "Magna Carta" and "England" is correct. If not, please, tell me..

Anonymous said...

Well said Paulo.
A handfull of our rich and famous Brits, and most of our media are shaming our country at the moment.
I hope when this is all dealt with, some of them will have the decency to apologise to us, the British public, and you the noble Portugees

Anonymous said...

Paulo, I really can't follow. What do you mean with the British people? This is about Madeleine.
Who isn't going to surrender? The McCanns? The BPolice? Clarence Mitchell? The Media? The government?
Are you sure you want to keep this blog going on?

jean-luc said...

This is an excellent analysis, Paulo. Bravo

I agree with your vision of the British people.

What's the matter with this distinction between English, Welsh, and Scottish people in this case, anonymus? They did fight all together when necessary against nazism and, most probably, did
save Europe from the most terrible tyranny.
The qualities that Paulo has mentionned are true for all of these communities.

Darren (An Englishman!) said...

A generous and warm-hearted piece. Thank you Mr Reis.

Anonymous said...

Paulo
Tudo o que os britanicos fizeram de bom para a humanidade foi ,seguramente apagado por suas ações no Iraque (atual),India, China, Afganistão, Oriente Médio e mesmo na segunda guerra, quando bombardearam cidades alemãs e italianas que não tinham necessiade de uma açõa tão drástica.Respeito sua opinião, mas à medida que conheço mais História, menos respeito esse povo, ao contrário de meus sentimentos alguns anos atrás.

Anonymous said...

I think it's the first poster who doesn't know the difference between 'England' & 'Britain'. The Magna Carta was an English charter which predated any union but which has had a profound influence on the British institutions which have followed it. Paulo, your use of terms was correct as far as I'm aware, but often people do use the terms 'England' & 'Britain' interchangeably which is probably why you received the irritable rant from the first poster in response to your very generous comments.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Paulo. The McCanns will never surrender and will never cooperate with the P.J.

By the way I also love the way pirats take over other people's possessions and smuggle opium. Very stylish and very British indeed.

I would like to see a piece from you telling your readers what you admire in the Portuguese people.

Cheers!!

Paulo Reis said...

Dear anonymous,

I'm Portuguese... So, my opinion about Portuguese people will always be partial...

Regards

Anonymous said...

Follow up to my earlier post re England / UK - thanks for changing the article, it now makes historical sense! Thanks also for all the work you have undertaken on the McCann story - it is very much appreciated. The UK press are an embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

Follow up to my earlier post re England / UK - thanks for changing the article, it now makes historical sense! Thanks also for all the work you have undertaken on the McCann story - it is very much appreciated. The UK press are an embarrassment.

Marcea said...

Mr. Reis,

A very good article. The only part that I really disagree with what you wrote regarding the ideas of Liberty, Fraternity and Equality. These are freemasonic ideals, which are, at their core, anti-Christian and especially anti-Catholic.

MCarmo said...

Congratulations,Paulo,by all you are. But,I like to know if You are well? mcr

Anonymous said...

Paulo, please ignore the people who are suggesting you were in any way offensive in discussing England or Britain. "Great Britain" is in no way "great" anymore and it is a throwback to the days of Imperialism and the British Empire. The four countries - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales united to form the United Kingdom. I notice one poster in here compared your error to making a similar error in connecting Portugal to Spain. That is a ridiculous comparison because Spain and Portugal are not a united nation.

I found your initial comments to be right on the mark. I have always enjoyed meeting Portuguese people but sadly, I haven't had a chance to visit your country yet.

Keep up the good work with this site and don't take any notice of the ignorant people in my country. I am British and served my country in the Air Force. I am often embarrassed by the comments made by my fellow Brits.

Stevo said...

Paulo - Yesterday I created an alternate "last photo" of Madeleine McCann's pool photo. I don't know if the one released on May 24 is original or fake but the point of my exercise was to show how incredibly easy it is to fake and to show how the original photo might have looked. I am a professional who is quite adept at manipulating images and it took me 15 minutes to create this. Please publish the photos on your site and invite comments.

I have a detailed analysis on the Anorak forum where I initially posted the link to the photo (yesterday).

Here is the link:

http://anorak.smugmug.com/photos/208975673-M.jpg

Anonymous said...

Yes, the British press are an embarrassment. But so are the Portuguese media, and you should be ashamed at their witch hunt.