It was once a byword for calm, but that nation is no more. Instead, England has become jittery and impulsive
Brexit was the point at which four long-term trajectories converged and precipitated an event of seismic magnitude that disrupted decades of what seemed like inevitable transnational integration.
THE idea that there is a common Anglo-Saxon ancestry based on biology is gaining currency among some right-wing and religious groups in the UK and US.
The UK is being drawn into a Brexit half of its nations don’t want, propelled by an outdated version of English nationhood. Progressives must fight back
Labour’s democracy review is well underway, aiming to improve the engagement of members across the party and to overhaul decision-making structures at every level.The review rightly recognises that increasing representation and empowering people are crucial elements to making Labour an effective political party that can win elections and drive radical change. And a crucial question for the review must be: “How can our decision-making ensure we reach and represent voters in the key English seats that Labour must win to form a government and begin that change?”
The kind of jingoistic, chest beating English nationalism we’re currently seeing across England will eventually drive a wedge between our two countries. Will it prove to be the catalyst for an English Parliament in the near future? It wouldn’t surprise me at all. Similarly, the Brexit fall-out appears to possess all of the dynamics necessary for a rapid disintegration of the union. Or maybe we’ll find ourselves being run as a post Brexit toothless, decaying (even more so than now) province of England governed by a hard line, reactionary English nationalist government keen to ditch Wales altogether.
'I want to challenge the toxic side of Englishness': folk legend Shirley Collins on making a comeback at the age of 82 | The Independent
“I want to challenge the toxic side of Englishness,” Collins says. “I was brought up in a family that loved the countryside and English literature. That’s England to me."
Brexit may be seen as the moment when English nationalism was uncorked - David Williamson - Wales Online
English nationalism used to be described as the “dog that hasn’t barked ”.This suggested that the passions routinely on display in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland could one day course through England.
Britishness is an elusive national identity, slipping from our grasp when we finally believe we have caught a definition. Consult a dictionary - Britain's own Oxford English Dictionary - and it will describe Britishness as "the quality of being British or of having characteristics regarded as typically British". But that's not particularly useful when you do not quite understand what it means to be British in the first place.
For many, free movement causes more pain – and Brexit seems to be the cure | Deborah Orr | Opinion | The Guardian
If progressives want to change the minds of Brexiteers, waiting for them to see the error of their ways isn’t going to work. What people need is a quid pro quo that offers them tangible improvements in their lives right now. That, and only that, will keep Britain in the EU.
Football fans were left outraged after they were banned from displaying the St George's flag at a game because it would 'antogonise' Welsh away fans. Hundreds of loyal Bristol City fans paid £500 for red and white cardboard squares to hold up in the form of the St George's Cross before kick off on Saturday.But after the club realised it was the English flag they were aiming for and not a Remembrance poppy - the club vetoed the display over fears it would 'antagonise' Cardiff City supporters.
A disgraced far-right activist who was jailed for electoral fraud earlier this year has had his claim of unfair dismissal against NHS England unanimously rejected.Steve Uncles – who stood for the English Democrats in the 2010 and 2015 general elections and as a candidate in last year’s Police and Crime Commissioner election – took the organisation to an employment tribunal on the grounds he had been discriminated against.
The average Scot receives £10,651 in public spending, compared to £9,159 for the rest of the UK. The gap of £1,492 grew by £72 over the past year, the figures show.
“No one knows what Britain is anymore” screamed a headline in this weekend’s The New York Times Sunday Review. A clickbait title no doubt, but the piece is no less crass. It demonstrates a lazy misunderstanding of Britain.Let me summarise the argument: Britain is “embracing an introverted irrelevance”, a “full-blown identity crisis,” because Brits holding an “exclusively white and backward-looking version of Englishness” have taken their revenge and voted to leave the European Union. It’s trite, biased and superficial, and here’s why.
England's regions should be given more control over taxes instead of relying on government grants, its elected mayors have said.At their first summit, they said the UK was "one of the most centralised states in the western world".
Brexit, Catalonia, Scotland... Yorkshire? 'God's own county' is pushing for devolved independence | The Independent
There's nowt so queer as folk... but the Yorkshire folk who want their own financial autonomy are on to something. Separation’s in the air across Europe, and the biggest county in Britain wants to take control of its purse strings
Unlike Fogle, who describes himself as a “proud Englishman” throughout his book, I have never felt able to describe myself as proud in that way. Reading his book makes me wonder just how English I am. Tea? Check. Weather small talk? Check. Always apologising? Check. Wellies? Umbrella? Sunday roasts? Check, check, check. Yet Englishness is an identity that has eluded me at best and excluded me at worst.
Professor John Denham, Director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics, explores the newly-published results of a survey carried out by University of Winchester students into attitudes around St George's Day and national identity.
Gordon Brown calls for an all-party Commons revolt to give regions and nations more powers under Brexit.Defective Brexit bill should be rewritten to transfer European Union powers and money direct to the nations and regions of the UK.Highlighting regional inequalities, former prime minister argues £1.5bn of European money should be distributed directly to devolved authorities across the countryBrown proposes a UK-wide constitutional convention to give more powers of initiative to the North as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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