Tag Archive for British identity

Four years on, are we still the Britain of Danny Boyle’s Olympic ceremony?

The national story of Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics still unites us, even after a bruising and divisive four years in British politics, writes Sunder Katwala

The UK at Euro 2016 – it’s not All England

The UK has three team competing at Euro 2016 - Steve Ballinger looks at why the #WeAreAllEngland campaign is focused on the English

How to talk to the British about identity and Europe

When people head to the polls on 23 June to cast their ballots in the EU referendum, they will not be making a decision about Europe, but about Britain

One year on, a fragile but democratic Union

The history books faithfully record that Scots chose to remain in the United Kingdom, by 2 million votes to 1.6 million. But the question who really won and lost during the independence referendum of 2014 now seems more complicated than that.

Scotland has spoken – will England respond?

Scotland thought seriously about whether to end the United Kingdom - and chose to mend and save it instead. England must also now find its voice, writes Sunder Katwala.

Scotland: Five reasons the No campaign should (just about) win in the end

The referendum in Scotland is shaping up to be a nail-biter. Scotland will, quite rightly, get whatever the majority of Scots want. While the margin will be tighter than many expected, writes Sunder Katwala, that still looks like the Union.

Common sense and ‘fair play’ in British values

Could we teach British values in schools if nobody seems quite sure about what they are? It is important that we can find agreement on the foundations of our common citizenship, argues Sunder Katwala.

The making of True Brits

New play True Brits explores two national events - 7/7 and the 2012 Olympics - and one man's journey of identity and integration between them, explains its writer Vinay Patel.

Immigration and the BSA: reaching the ‘pragmatic middle’

Cultural polarisation over attitudes to immigration could generate long-term political headaches for politicians who adopt a tough anti-immigration agenda in search of public support, writes Sunder Katwala.

2015’s first-time voters welcome refugees to UK, new poll reveals

First-time voters in the 2015 General Election are standing behind Britain’s commitment to welcoming and protecting refugees, according to new polling carried out by YouGov.

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 Jemimah Steinfeld.

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 is to explore Englishness in the north at an event hosted by British Future and IPPR North. As a student of anthropology and a born-and-bred Midlander living in the north, I am fascinated to hear thoughts on whether a national identity pervades across England’s regions, writes Sarah Dickson.

20 Years On: Why anniversary of Stephen’s death is moment to consider modern Britain

20 years on, we can now see that Stephen Lawrence's death has come to play an important symbolic role, Sunder Katwala writes.

REVIEW: Comic McElroy on becoming British, pessimism and pubs

Americans don’t get sarcasm, the British love queues and the French like cheese. Stereotypes are often inaccurate, but can also be useful way of finding a common identity. In his sketch show comedian Erich McElroy draws on these stereotypes to describe his long-running struggle between being American and being British, writes Georgia Hussey.

Bradford’s cup run must stimulate more city pride

"Bradford needs more than just one cup final. It needs more winners. People are desperate; people want change.” These words, articulated by one member of the audience at British Future’s Beyond Wembley: What can bring Bradford together? event, struck a chord with many.

REVIEW: Traders: The East India Company & Asia

An exhibition at the National Maritime Museum on the East India Company is just as much about our past as it is our present, and just as much about Britain as about Asia. After all, things that we regard as quintessentially British were not always, like the curry and the cup of tea, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

NEW REPORT: Where is bittersweet Britain heading?

British Future's new report, State of the Nation 2013: Where is bittersweet Britain heading? looks at where we are in Britain after 2012, and how we'll fare our first teenage year in the 21st Century. Entering the new year, Britons are more positive about the economy, the family, and Britain itself, than we were this time last year. But will that glimmer of hope drift away or can it be built on?

Farewell to 2012, the year of British exceptionalism

The spirit of 2012 challenged the core instincts of both left and right, argues Sunder Katwala. But will that optimistic sense of what is distinctive about Britain survive into 2013?

VIDEO: Himesh, Britain

With parents from Gujarat in India, but born in Kenya and Zambia, EastEnders actor Himesh Patel has been able to draw on his heritage, as well as his own British identity. Himesh, who plays the part of Tanwar in EastEnders, as well as writing and directing for the show, talks about his British identity and his Indian heritage.

VIDEO: Warren, Dudley

BBC London journalist Warren Nettleford talks about his British identity. Coming from a small town and being quite aware of his Jamaican heritage, Warren says that the Olympics reminded him that, no matter how different you are in some respects, a shared British culture of things like books, music and food, gives us common identity.