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Being British - What does it mean to be british?

The increasing ethnic diversity of British society means it is difficult to define what makes someone British.

Tony Blair says that "blood alone" does not define national identity and that modern Britain was shaped by a "rich mix of all different ethnic and religious origins".
These views were reflected by the Queen, who talked about "our richly multicultural and multi faith society" in her jubilee speech to Parliament.

British people should have an opportunity to express their personal views on what they are about We hear and read a lot about the irrelevancy of national identity by so called enlightened intellectuals but when an ordinary person spends over forty years of his working life in America and whose final wish was to be buried in the place of his birth We realize one of the most important influences in the majority of people is the feeling of belonging and having a national identity.

All countries have reason to be loved and cherished by their nationals whether they were born there or adopted so it is with Britain to this aim this site is dedicated to the British and we invite you to put down in no more than 150 words what it means for you to be British.

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There are Scotsmen, there are Welshmen, there are Irishmen. When asked, I call myself an Englishman, not for any reason other than I was born in England. I was born in north east London in 1937. At three years of age I was sent off to somewhere in Essex with my gasmask, but was back home with my parents by 1944. People all across the British Isles from around my generation have good reason for patriotism and love of country, if only for support and admiration for the brave souls who laid down their lives for our freedom and the comradery of the people at home. However in 60 years things have become watered down drastically, most Brits - 25 or under - have never heard of Churchill, Nelson. And the Victoria Cross is just another train station somewhere in London. Come what may, I am an Englishman, away for 38 years, now retired, and back for two months each year to see all I have missed or never ever saw. More reason to be proud of one's heritage is the coming together of all Brits at the VE Day and Trafalgar Day celebrations and the steadfast reaction against misinformed hooligans, this witnessed by the whole free world. Reasons in order of importance for me leaving the UK, trade unions undermining the auto industry in which I worked, the English weather and a quest for adventure
Alan Stevens, California, USA

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