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.
The 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.
Being British means being proud of our history, for without it we have nothing to base our future on. It is irrelevant whether we agree with what happened in our country's past (as I am sure future generations will not like what we are doing now) history is a foundation to build on. If we had not had an Empire would we have such a diverse society as we do now? We need to be proud of all that we achieve. Being British also means in times of adversity getting on with life, supporting those weaker than ourselves, being a friend to others and a help to our neighbours. The British play by the rules, and enjoy Sunday pub lunches and still love cricket on the green
Jonny Gartside, Rochdale, UK
The site is moderated which means that if your submission is anything other than what is intended that is your personal view of being British it will not be posted.
British citizens: people became British citizens on 1 January 1983 if they were citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies on 31 December 1982 and had the right of abode in the UK on that date. The most common ways for a person to become a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies before 1 January 1983: by birth in the UK, or in a place still a British colony; (Prior to the introduction of the British Nationality Act 1981, a person could not claim nationality from his or her mother.)Your right to Abode in the United Kingdom
by naturalisation in the UK or a British colony;
by registration as a citizen of the UK and Colonies
by legislate descent from a father to whom the previous conditions applied.