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Ten things we know (or don’t know) about St George’s Day

Ten things we know (or don’t know) about St George’s Day Date: 22 April 2015

Many of us in England will be celebrating St George’s Day this week, commemorating the nation’s patron saint. Others will remain unaware, or wonder why there’s nothing much happening in their local area. British Future’s Steve Ballinger looks at what we think about St George’s Day and what we know, or don’t know, about England’s patron saint.

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England should get what England wants – it’s time to find out what that is

England should get what England wants – it’s time to find out what that is Date: 26 September 2014

Any party that keeps wondering whether the ‘English question’ really needs to be asked will find itself shut out of the conversation, writes Sunder Katwala. Instead they should make it clear that they want to find an answer.

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Amis’s view that English equals white is out of date

Amis’s view that English equals white is out of date Date: 18 March 2014

Martin Amis’s recent claim that white skin is still a key attribute of being English is at odds with public sentiment, especially views held by the young, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

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

English should learn from St Patrick’s and celebrate own saint Date: 17 March 2014

Liberals who still fear that the St George’s flag is associated with far-right groups should take a lead from the Irish and celebrate their patron saint, writes Steve Ballinger.

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VIDEO: England and the north

VIDEO: England and the north Date: 26 November 2013

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.

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Appetite to discuss Englishness alive and well in north-east

Appetite to discuss Englishness alive and well in north-east Date: 19 November 2013

The Discovery Museum in central Newcastle was full with over 100 engaged local people who had travelled from Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough on a cold night to debate what – if anything – it means to be English in the 21st Century north-east, writes Matthew Rhodes.

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Will Englishness have a political dimension?

Will Englishness have a political dimension? Date: 7 November 2013

Last week British Future director Sunder Katwala wrote an article in the Guardian arguing that people should not feel uncomfortable about celebrating their Englishness, in response to David Edgar’s piece about the Festival of Englishness making him feel “queasy”. In this guest blog Eddie Bone, campaign director for the campaign for an English parliament, challenges Katwala’s article and offers his own argument on the future of Englishness.

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Liberals should not be uneasy about Englishness

Liberals should not be uneasy about Englishness Date: 29 October 2013

The most surprising aspect of David Edgar’s engaged but sceptical take on the Festival of Englishness hosted by British Future and IPPR is his fear that anxious public debates about immigration may reinforce “the idea that deep down, there still ain’t no black in the union jack,” writes Sunder Katwala.

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English identity – British Future poll findings

English identity – British Future poll findings Date: 25 October 2013

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.

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