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- noun UK someone who advocated an end to the
- noun UK someone unaware of the
- noun UK a
bigotedand nationalistic Englishperson
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Pete Adler, so you think that anyone with an opposing view to your own is a (to use an incredibly dated term) Little Englander.
In recent times the two writers to attain unarguable NT status have been Alan Bennett and the recently deceased John Mortimer: both old-fashioned liberals, but managing to exude the sense that if confronted by a rabid crypto - fascist Little Englander, they would offer a glass of champagne (in Mortimer's case) or a steaming mug of cocoa (in Bennett's) and then search for common ground in uncontentious topics.
In Bradford's terms, what Larkin is presenting here is the acceptable — depending on your politics — face of the Little Englander who loves cricket and warm beer and distrusts change and foreigners.
I don't know whether they regarded me as a miserable Little Englander or a wicked Big Irelander.
Paul took up the Little Englander in his arms and tossed him in the air, threw him on the ground and jumped upon him.
The Little Englander, in his insensate altruism, dreamed of these three nations entirely independent of England, except in the trivial matter of financial support.
"There was far too much of the Little Englander stuff, far too much of women should keep the house and home, and a total lack of feminism."
If the above reads like Little Englander discourtesy, let it be stated by way of redressing the balance that the solid, competent Mrs Merkel comes closer than anyone to honouring the saw "Cometh the hour, cometh the man".
Robinson has the Little Englander credentials, having famously put the Welsh into Room 101.
As for Euroscepticism, I think it's important to distinguish between soft and hard variants, and my guess is that Clegg will be happy to play to the soft side - "we have to be committed to Europe to get the best deal for Britain from Europe" - while reminding the voters that Dave Cameron has been trying to keep the Little Englander wing out of the limelight during the campaign.