Tesco has removed the Saltire from packaging on its Scottish-grown fruit following complaints from south of the border.The retail giant featured a prominent Saltire on strawberries, raspberries and other fruit sold throughout the UK.
The history books refer to William the Conqueror as jovial and generous, among other surprising qualities recorded in an 11th-century Latin text written after the king’s funeral.In fact, historians have got him wrong. A new translation of the rambling chronicle reveals that such praiseworthy adjectives were directed at someone else completely – a recently deceased abbot rather than the late king.
Brexit Armageddon was a terrifying vision – but it simply hasn’t happened | Larry Elliott | Opinion | The Guardian
Unemployment would rocket. Tumbleweed would billow through deserted high streets. Share prices would crash. The government would struggle to find buyers for UK bonds. Financial markets would be in meltdown. Britain would be plunged instantly into another deep recession.Remember all that? It was hard to avoid the doom and gloom, not just in the weeks leading up to the referendum, but in those immediately after it. Many of those who voted remain comforted themselves with the certain knowledge that those who had voted for Brexit would suffer a bad case of buyer’s remorse.
Dr David Starkey is discussing the difference between Britishness and Englishness, when Feminist Laurie Penny interrupts him and tries to mock him.
Frank Bechofer and David McCrone, in their recent book, Understanding National Identity, discuss the most popular reasons for English people saying they are ‘English not British,’ or ‘more English than British.’ Among English people who give these responses, the most popular reasons are that they are born in England (88 per cent), identify with its history or culture (82-86 percent) or that ‘in having to be British, English people too often downplay being English, and I think that’s wrong’ (66 per cent). And 35 per cent said they felt more English after Scottish and Welsh devolution.
How MULTINATIONALISM and TRANSNATIONALISM affected non-EU communities in Europe - The New Federalist, webzine of the Young European Federalist
On the local level, in the UK, civilians of non-EU descent are forced to adopt some elements of Englishness (assimilation) or Scottishness (civic integration in Scotland’s framework), in order to adapt.
Human rights: the forgotten dimension of the English Votes for English Laws debate | British Politics and Policy at LSE
The European Convention on Human Rights applies differently to the primary legislation of the UK Parliament compared with the primary legilsation of the devolved administrations. Steffan Evans argues that this is a difference that has largely been overlooked during the English Votes for English Laws debate and uses the Government’s proposals to extend the “right to buy” to housing associations in England to illustrate its impact in practice.
After a summer of political turmoil - which is still unfolding - we are left reeling and asking - who are we? Who are the British? And, increasingly, who are the English?Soon to divorce from the EU - and who knows, maybe even from the UK? - the nature of Englishness is now a cultural and political topic in the way it hasn't been for centuries. Theos is hosting a discussion between two leading thinkers on this topic: Prof. Robert Tombs, author of The English and Their History; and Prof. Michael Kenny, author of The Politics of English Nationhood. The discussion will look at what has made the English English, what they want today, and what we might expect for and from them in the future.
The brand RBS is to be reduced to a back office role, according to the bank's chief executive.Royal Bank of Scotland will disappear for customers outside Scotland.
One of the questions raised by the UK’s decision to leave the EU is the extent to which national identity is becoming a stronger factor in British politics. Tariq Modood writes that the rise of Scottish and English nationalism poses a potential threat to British identity, but that a new conception of multiculturalism could revive feelings of Britishness among UK citizens.
If they reshape themselves as the English Party, then there is a real danger that the million voters who previously voted for us in the last election who moved over to UKIP," he said, could be followed by others, "making it impossible for us to be a serious party of opposition challenging for government.
The Backbencher – The English question: where does England fit into the British devolution settlement?
Beyond Brexit, reconfiguring the relationship between Britain’s four constituent nations should be a top priority for Theresa May. Early statements from Downing Street seemingly offer hope for a closer focus on constitutional affairs. The Prime Minister has already spoken of her love for the “special union”, and lauded the “precious bond [uniting] England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland”. However, such positive unionist rhetoric must also appreciate the current lop-sided nature of the bond. The latter three nations all possess devolved legislatures. That does not necessarily entail an English Parliament, though. Before any action is taken towards giving England a uniquely English means of expressing its political preferences, there should be a constitutional convention to decide
When asked to fill in my nationality – and when the option’s available – I always specify ‘English’. Partly because I don’t have an ounce of Scottish or Welsh blood, but mostly because the very name ‘United Kingdom’ has lost all meaning. We are disunited. Brexit v Remain, North v South, Corbyn v Everyone. And – we are informed by those in the know – Old v Young.
In all of the changes England was deliberately left out. England had no matching First Minister or formal political identity as Scotland enjoys. England was left off the maps of the EU, seen as a target for break up into regions that in many cases attracted little loyalty or support. The public voted down the idea of elected regional government in the North East, the one Labour dominated area at the time where the Labour government thought it would be supported.
Who speaks for the English interest? Is it the Prime Minister of the UK? In which case who speaks for the Union? But if the PM speaks for the Union, who speaks for England?
Via steak and kidney pie and a spot of Morris dancing, AL Kennedy reflects on Englishness... at a time, she writes, "when Englishness is struggling to decide what it can be".
Brexit is a Union matter and has to proceed as such. Other matters like the financial settlement within the UK are as much English as Scottish issues. England still needs more recognition in our democratic structure, and Scottish separatism hasn't been boosted by Brexit anyway
From Brexit to CANZUK: A call from Britain to team up with Canada, Australia and New Zealand | Financial Post
Why is the U.K. leaving the European Union? Because, although for many years the British were happy to have a close geopolitical alliance with like-minded countries of similar levels of economic development, building trade links, converging regulatory systems, and ever-closer collaboration, in the end the British did not have quite enough cultural and constitutional similarity with their partners to take the final steps towards political union. It also didn’t help that, towards the end, the alliance included countries of much lower income levels.
Livelihoods of Wirral cocklers 'being destroyed' after Welsh River Dee control grab (From Wirral Globe)
MAJOR issues in the management of the River Dee cockle beds were raised in an important debate in the House of Commons.There are concerns the livelihoods of local fishing families are "being destroyed" after control of the estuary was transferred to Welsh government organisation Natural Resources Wales.
As ardent Eurosceptics and ‘Anglosphere enthusiasts’ David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox take leading roles in shaping Britain’s place outside of the EU, we might expect the ‘Anglosphere’ to become increasingly prominent in British political discourse in coming months and years. Helen Baxendale and Ben Wellings foresee deeper and broader bilateral relations between English-speaking countries, yet judge that a formal Anglosphere alliance may yet remain a ‘work of political science fiction’ – even though it is no longer an obscure one.
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