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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Let this be the year we decide we are proud of our society

Let this be the year we decide we are proud of our society Date: 7 January 2012

By Sunder Katwala

This is a year when Britain will want to tell a story to the world. The message that we want to project overseas must depend on what we want to say to ourselves, too, about who we are, what we stand for, and what we feel about how we have changed.

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Why we will remember Stephen Lawrence

Why we will remember Stephen Lawrence Date: 6 January 2012

It was a murder that came to shock a nation, eventually. But I had my own, personal reasons for thinking about Stephen Lawrence almost every day, back in 1999.

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Should We Teach Patriotism in Schools?

Should We Teach Patriotism in Schools? Date: 27 December 2011

Michael Hands’ short pamphlet asks what philosophers can offer to the debate about teaching patriotism in schools. The usual objection is that it is too difficult to do well, writes Sunder Katwala.

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National Conversation: Britain

National Conversation: Britain Date: 22 December 2011

Who are we, the British, today? How well do we understand the history which has made us the society we […]

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National Conversation: England

National Conversation: England Date: 21 December 2011

For Stanley Baldwin, Conservative prime minister of the 1920s and 1930s, Englishness was a sensibility, writes Anthony Painter. Its essence […]

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Keeping The British Flag Flying

Keeping The British Flag Flying Date: 16 December 2011

“The long-term prospects for Britishness appear weak” wrote John Curtice this weekend. Historian Norman Davies, plugging his new book on lost Kingdoms from the past suggests that the United Kingdom will shortly become another, telling ‘Start the Week’ recently that he detects in the renewed interest in specifically English history an “anticipatory nostalgia” for a “future realm of England”, says Sunder Katwala.

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Rightwing extremism “may be on the wane”

Rightwing extremism “may be on the wane” Date: 16 December 2011

In a letter to The Guardian, Sunder Katwala writes in response to a Demos report. “You report on new research from the thinktank Demos, where researchers “persuaded more than 10,000 followers of 14 parties and street organisations in 11 countries to fill in detailed questionnaires”(‘We’re at a crossroads in history: either we fight or hate and division will win’, 7 November).

This tells us more than ever before about what motivates online engagement with far-right movements, including the BNP and English Defence League, in the UK. But this innovative method of research does not – indeed cannot – reveal anything about whether their support generally is growing.

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