We can’t have “British Values” if we want to be truly democratic, tolerant and pluralistic

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What does it mean to be British? If we think about it carefully, there are only two things that make you British. You were either born here or you have been given British citizenship. Now, there may be some things that at a certain level unite us together.  There is a common language and a… Continue reading We can’t have “British Values” if we want to be truly democratic, tolerant and pluralistic

My country right or wrong?

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“Patriotism is the last resort of a scoundrel” This was the classic first term subject for the University debating club to get their teeth into.  Of course, each year we would make the mistake of debating whether or not patriotism was a good or bad thing. In so doing, we missed the point that the… Continue reading My country right or wrong?

Last Night of The Proms and the annual patriotic hymns controversy

It’s that time of year again when we get the annual silly season story about whether the patriotic songs (Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia) are going to be removed from The Last Night of The Proms. Well as someone whose interest in classical music is stuck firmly at the popular end of… Continue reading Last Night of The Proms and the annual patriotic hymns controversy

VE Day -should we celebrate it?

Today is VE Day and it is a particularly significant milestone as we commemorate 75 years since Churchill announced victory in Europe. National pride, culture and cross-cultural mission Like others, I have been struck by the number of Union Jack flags going up around our Estate. Not everyone is happy about such signs and I… Continue reading VE Day -should we celebrate it?