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

Even EDL leader realises we don’t ‘do’ that kind of extremism here Date: 25 October 2013

The leader of the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson, has announced that he is leaving the organisation, as is EDL co-founder Kevin Carroll. British Future director Sunder Katwala has the following response to the resignations.

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What’s the future for England?

What’s the future for England? Date: 21 October 2013

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.

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Many different textures of Englishness from north to south

Many different textures of Englishness from north to south Date: 19 October 2013

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.

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Lovely Jubbly – Del Boy speaks for the English

Lovely Jubbly – Del Boy speaks for the English Date: 19 October 2013

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 .

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“Festival of Englishness” explores our national identity

“Festival of Englishness” explores our national identity Date: 11 October 2013

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.

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England’s favourite foreign-born sports stars

England’s favourite foreign-born sports stars Date: 10 October 2013

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.

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Why don’t we celebrate Englishness more?

Why don’t we celebrate Englishness more? Date: 8 October 2013

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?

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English and Scots differ over Europe, says Redwood

English and Scots differ over Europe, says Redwood Date: 4 October 2013

English identity has become a much more inclusive and welcoming identity, but different attitudes towards Europe now form one of the major differences between English and Scottish nationalism, said Conservative MP John Redwood at today’s Englishness festival.

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