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Sep. 20th, 2008

02:12 am - Being British

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Date:September 20th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)

I'm afraid i think i find myself in a different camp to you regarding your last paragraph. I do not find myself identifying as British, but English. I think this has been a relatively recent thing, and probably has a lot to do with big chunks of the UK electing political representatives who spend a lot of their time saying how badly the English treat them.

If thats how ~4million Scots feel (~50% Scotland population who voted SNP), (and they are entitled to that feeling, however erroneous and politically encouraged i feel it to be,) then i'm afraid *i* find i have little enough in common with them to feel like remaining part of the same country. After all just because i'm in a numerical majority doesn't mean MY nationality and heritage is any less worthy of respect than any other individuals.

If this post annoys you then i'm sorry, i don't intend to offend or attack, i may be misinformed and wrong for all manner of reasons but this is how i think i feel.
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Date:September 20th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
That's fair enough; I haven't spent much time in Scotland or Wales, so "English" may be a better description of me. When I was doing my A levels, we had some instructions for filling out our UCCA forms (the old version of UCAS). Quoting from memory, they said something like this: "Nationality for most of you will be 'British', although Scottish nationalists may be able to get away with writing 'Scottish'." So, since that's what it says on my passport etc., that's how I normally describe myself, but I'd really say that both apply (i.e. I'm English and British).
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