What it is to be British in 2012

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The Prime Minister invited views about what it is to be British, hence this essay.

Written by

David Brittain. E-Mail: david_brittain@tiscali.co.uk

What it is to be British in 2012

 What it is to be British depends very much upon how long one has been British! In 1936, the year I was born, for me there were no doubts about this matter because I was born into a white working class English family each member of which regarded their selves and their forefathers firstly as English and secondly as British. Similarly the Scots, Welsh, and Northern Irish folks regarded their selves firstly as Scottish, or Welsh, or Northern Irish and British second. All of the fore-going I will refer to as native Britons. At that time to see someone whose skin was not white was a rare and novel experience indeed. Employees were required to say “Sir” to their bosses, and…

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