Letter: British terror stalked the world

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British terror stalked the world

Sir: Bernie Grant's attack on the use of racist symbols by the Labour Party ("Blacks play race card on Labour", 29 April), while heartfelt, is unsupported by his chosen evidence.

As far as I can see, the bulldog has never been used by any British regiment as a mascot. As well as "terrorise people in Africa", the British Army has "terrorised" all the major nations of the world from Europe to India, regardless of colour. "Rule Britannia" was more likely to be sung by the sailors of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and after, including when they were arresting slave ships off the coast of Africa, and "Land of Hope and Glory" wasn't actually written until after the end of the Zulu Wars.