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British values

Our schools must teach British values, for Britain’s sake

Nations are held together by the common bonds between their citizens. Without British values, what is to stop Britain drifting apart?

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Northern Ireland quietly opens heart to mixed relationships

More couples are bridging the Protestant-Catholic divide than ever before, but many remain unwilling to talk about it, writes...

Lionel Asbo, Martin Amis. Photo: Amazon UK

Amis’s view that English equals white is out of date

Martin Amis’s recent claim that white skin is still a key attribute of being English is at odds with...

St Patrick's Day celebrations in London. Photo: xpgomes10

English should learn from St Patrick’s and celebrate own saint

Liberals who still fear that the St George’s flag is associated with far-right groups should take a lead from...

Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson lays a wreath at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall to mark the 96th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, 2012. Photo: DUP Photos

Rest of UK can learn from Northern Ireland WW1 commemoration

As we enter the period of 1914-18 centenaries, Northern Ireland offers some pointers as to how to tackle some...

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VIDEO: England and the north

Englishness is on the rise. On Wednesday 20th November a wide range of people came together to debate this...

Giant Olympic rings, Tyne Bridge, Newcastle. Photo: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Appetite to discuss Englishness alive and well in north-east

The Discovery Museum in central Newcastle was full with over 100 engaged local people who had travelled from Newcastle,...

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Tapestry of Britain’s smallest city shows inclusive Welsh identity

One artist’s plan to paint every inhabitant of St Davids, Britain’s smallest city, will act as a valuable social...

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Will Englishness have a political dimension?

Last week British Future director Sunder Katwala wrote an article in the Guardian arguing that people should not feel...

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Liberals should not be uneasy about Englishness

The most surprising aspect of David Edgar's engaged but sceptical take on the Festival of Englishness hosted by British...

Child celebrating St George's Day 2010. Photo: garryknight

English identity – British Future poll findings

As part of the Festival of Englishness co-hosted with IPPR, British Future commissioned ICM to conduct polling about English...

EDL march in London on 7th September 2013. Photo: David Holt London

Even EDL leader realises we don’t ‘do’ that kind of extremism here

The leader of the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson, has announced that he is leaving the organisation, as...

St George's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square. Photo: garryknight

What’s the future for England?

The final panel at our Festival of Englishness with IPPR looked to England’s future and concluded with a positive...

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Many different textures of Englishness from north to south

This Wednesday 20th November I am going to the People’s History Museum in Manchester. The reason for the visit...

David Jason as Del Boy, our English comedy charcter, Photo: Crystal Hendrix Hirschorn

Lovely Jubbly – Del Boy speaks for the English

The English see themselves as a nation of charming chancers battling against the odds, misusing French to sound ‘posh’...

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Am I English because I like to discuss the weather?

According to a poll conducted by ICM for British Future entitled “Is Englishness changing?” the English like to discuss...

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“Festival of Englishness” explores our national identity

On Saturday 19th October British Future and IPPR are co-hosting a "Festival of Englishness" to address a question which...

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England’s favourite foreign-born sports stars

England and Arsenal footballer Jack Wilshere this week suggested that only English-born players should be eligible to play for...

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Which British tribe do you belong to?

Are you a Grumpy Nostalgic or part of team Jam and Jerusalem? Are you a Northern Soul or a...

Child celebrating St George's Day 2010. Photo: garryknight

Why don’t we celebrate Englishness more?

St Patrick's Day has firmly established itself on the annual calendar in England, with the help of a certain...