jakem1, on 13 April 2012 - 14:31, said:
That would be because it's typically only racists and thugs who feel the need to fly St Georges and Union flags. I wouldn't worry though because that's generally the case all over the world. After all, you know what they say about patriotism and scoundrels.
Your culture/heritage isn't going anywhere and nobody's forcing any other culture on you.
I've never shook my head as much at a statement since I heard a black footballer say he can't be racist because he's black!
The point is, though I don't fly a national flag outside my home, politicians telling me I can't because it may cause offence, simply makes me want to! I'm a very proud English man and national pride is a part of human nature.
Though that is just one part of a large pie.
You can break that down like this.
I live in Radcliffe (a small town in North Manchester) and youths from neighbouring estates would fight over local pride.
These same people would fight together with people from South manchester
People from differing counties have fought over the pride of the county.
People from the North of England have fought with people just because they from the south
People from England have fought with neighbouring British countries (Wales Scotland Ireland)
People from Britain have stood shoulder to shoulder to fight Europeans
and so on,...and so on.... up to the point that if Earth was ever attacked by an alien race we would all stand shoulder to shoulder as a planet and fight. Without question.
So you see Pride starts at a very low level and when ever that pride is questioned we come out fighting. It's deeply set in human nature and to say typically, those showing pride by flying a flag is a thug and or racist is laughable and extreme.
There are those who welcome all cultures and religions but not at the expense of our own. I'm not racist but I should not fear offending someone by flying the flag of my nation.
Back on topic, with respect to English(UK) It's simply down to the nationality of the programmer who decides what locales to include and some software doesn't incorporate all variations of English because it's not worth it. If I wrote a software package that wasn't heavily dependant on local spellings then I would use English and have no option for US English.
Whilst I agree it's annoying I don't think it's going to change anytime soon unless UK programmers decide to exclude English US.
And if they intend on selling well in the USA then it would be a bad decision because of how proud Americans are and the size of the market is massive compared to the UK market so It isn't a straight forward argument...