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Why Britain should be grateful to Mrs Simpson

Why Britain should be grateful to Mrs Simpson Date: 11 January 2012

“A patriotic extra has revealed how he set Madonna straight on UK royal history during the filming of her Wallis Simpson biopic W,” reports the i newspaper this morning. It is an amusing tale of how north Londoner Ben Goodman, 69, hired to play a newspaper vendor who hands a ‘Royal scandal’ newspaper to the actress playing Mrs Simpson.

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Geordie nation? Does the north-east feel least British?

Geordie nation? Does the north-east feel least British? Date: 10 January 2012

The British Future state of the nation poll found that 50% of people in the north-east feel that they belong to Britain. The figure is 66% across Britain, 67% in England, and 60% in Scotland, making the north-east the place where people identify least with a British identity.

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Migration evidence should deepen public debate

Migration evidence should deepen public debate Date: 10 January 2012

British Future trustee Shamit Saggar, and a contributor to today’s Migration Advisory Commitee report, says robust evidence should help to inform a public debate that recognises both benefits and costs.

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National Conversation: Scotland

National Conversation: Scotland Date: 10 January 2012

When the history of twentieth century North Britain is written, it seems quite possible that the revival of Scottishness will be seen as the overarching theme beneath which all else will be discussed.

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How The Tebbit Test Was Hit For Six

How The Tebbit Test Was Hit For Six Date: 9 January 2012

I took my Dad to the Oval last summer for the Sunday of the last final England v India test match. Each of us would be supporting the country in which we were born. I had booked the tickets last Christmas, expecting the series to be on a knife-edge. Instead, we England supporters had the strange experience of trying to remember not to gloat like an Australian. This was still cricket, after all.

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“British identity like the British weather”

“British identity like the British weather” Date: 9 January 2012

British national identity is becoming more and more like the British weather – a mixed bag, changeable from one place to another and on occasion difficult to describe to outsiders not already familiar with it, argues Ipsos Mori’s Mark Diffley.

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Jubilee pride to pip Olympic spirit in 2012, says poll

Jubilee pride to pip Olympic spirit in 2012, says poll Date: 8 January 2012

Both the Olympic Games and the Jubilee are expected to lift the British mood in 2012, but the British Future poll suggests Seb Coe’s Olympic spirit may just be pipped by Jubilee pride in the Queen, if only by a short head.

68% of people expect the Queen’s diamond jubilee to lift the national mood, while 64% say the same about the Olympics, according to the Hopes and Fears poll published by the British Future think-tank on Monday.

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The Eltham I knew

The Eltham I knew Date: 8 January 2012

Do we need to accept a trade-off between tackling racism and addressing the marginalisation of white working-class communities? My own experience of living in Eltham gives me some hope that we do not.

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Hopes and Fears for 2012

Hopes and Fears for 2012 Date: 8 January 2012

Today’s Observer sets out what the British Future poll shows us about Britain’s hopes and fears for 2012.

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