Tag Archive for England

This World Cup, cry God for Harry, St George… and Belgium?

In this migrant-majority World Cup, eleven of the Belgian squad live and work in England. With our own team out of the hunt, has the time come to cheer for Belgium, asks Sunder Katwala.

VIDEO: England and the north

Englishness is on the rise. On Wednesday 20th November a wide range of people came together to debate this question in Manchester as part of the Festival of Englishness, co-hosted by British Future, IPPR and the Social Action and Research Foundation. Listen to what various speakers at the event had to say.

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 identity to decipher how people feel about the England flag and other hallmarks of English identity. The headline figures make for interesting reading.

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 vision for the nation, writes Steve Ballinger.

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’ and sipping cocktails in the local boozer, but certainly no longer snobs. At least that is what our latest polling says ahead of today’s festival of Englishness - with Derek Trotter of "Only Fools and Horses" named as the comedy character that best represents Englishness, writes Steve Ballinger .

“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 is becoming increasingly central to the Britain's national conversation: who defines themselves as English and what does it mean when they do? Featuring top political thinkers and figures from English culture, sport and comedy, "England, my England: A festival of Englishness" will examine exactly what English identity means today and what its implications are for people in this country.

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 England, pitching into a media debate about which national team the young Manchester United player Adnan Jaznan should play for. His views are out of step with most of the country's sports fans, writes Sunder Katwala.

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 brand of stout, but England's own patron saint’s day, St George's Day, is a much more sedate affair. Why isn't it bigger? What is stopping those in England from celebrating Englishness?

Jerusalem is David Cameron’s choice of English anthem

David Cameron would be tempted to choose Jerusalem as an English anthem for England’s sporting teams, the Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader has said, when asked by British Future.

St George's Day

For God, Harry and St George

Author and journalist Andrew Gimson asks whether St George’s Day can, or should, ever become for the English what St Patrick’s Day is for the Irish.

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More calls for an English anthem

Following on from our director Sunder Katwala's letter to the Prime Minister and our An Anthem For England campaign, here are some extended remarks from others also in favour of England having its own national anthem.

Photo: Phil Gyford

British Future writes to the Prime Minister

Director of British Future Sunder Katwala wrote to David Cameron for St. George's Day, asking for the Prime Minister to encourage a positive and inclusive English identity by opening the debate on whether England should have its own anthem.

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Interviews: Do you want an anthem for England?

British Future's fearless video reporter Richard Miranda went out on the streets of London to ask the general public if they felt England needed its own anthem, and if so what it should be.

VIDEO: Richard, England

Richard was born in England, but moved to Florida at the age of two. "By the time I left the United States when I was 11 I definitely identified myself as American." Moving back to England changed this, however.

Identity shifts

Richard was born in England, but moved to Florida at the age of two. "By the time I left the United States when I was 11 I definitely identified myself as American." Moving back to England changed this, however.

Photo: CGP Grey

“Amis: Britain’s chief miserabilist”

Is Martin Amis' dispiriting 'state of the nation' novel trying to dampen Jubilee joy? It looks like his new novel, about a young lottery-winning criminal, will paint a bleak picture of broken Britain. Sunder Katwala asks if Amis is Britain's chief miserabilist.

VIDEO: Bernadette, York

Bernadette sees herself as from York first and foremost, following generations of Yorkshire family before her. “I see myself as York, Yorkshire, English, British, and I feel incredibly secure in that small onion. I feel routed and very happy…and I don’t think everybody feels that way.”

Bernadette sees herself as from York first and foremost, following generations of Yorkshire family before her. “I see myself as York, Yorkshire, English, British, and I feel incredibly secure in that small onion. I feel routed and very happy…and I don’t think everybody feels that way.”

VIDEO: Paul, Yorkshire

“I’ve probably only moved 50 miles in my life…so I have a strong sense of belonging to and identifying to Yorkshire.” But Paul says that he does feel English and British in certain circumstances: “I feel English when I’m supporting sport.”

“I’ve probably only moved 50 miles in my life…so I have a strong sense of belonging to and identifying to Yorkshire.” But Paul says that he does feel English and British in certain circumstances: “I feel English when I’m supporting sport.”

Photo by George M Groutas

Capello Failed The Integration Test

By Sunder Katwala What a disappointment Fabio Capello turned out to be. The England football manager has resigned – protesting at his authority being undermined by being his overruled in his desire to allow an England captain to face court charges over alleged racial abuse without relinquishing the armband. The problem was never that Fabio was foreign. Rather, he failed the integration test.

British Future research finds Welsh are most excited about Queen’s Jubilee

Ipsos Mori research for British Future has found that the Welsh are more enthusiastic about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee than the English and the Scottish. 70% of Welshpeople expect the jubilee will lift the mood of the British public compared to 69% of English people asked, and only 55% of people from Scotland. But, when asked about the Olympics, English respondents were the most positive with 66% believing it would be good for the mood of the British public, compared to 57% of Scots.