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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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Being british isnt about being a specific race or culture, Britain is made up of 4 different countries, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, do Scotish people call themselfs British? Or do they call themselves Scotish? I was born it Britian and educated in Britian, worked etc... Does that make me British? Both my parents are British and the family I know of also British, but who am I to call myself British if I'm unsure myself? Ansestors and people I do not know about may or may not be British, which makes me reevaluate wether I'm British or not. Biased oppinions of having to be white and speak the English language are where most of the problems are at. Just because somebody is black or muslim does that give us the right to judge on what identity they are? Being British is simply about loving the country we live in, being proud to call yourself British and doing anything possible to be a good British citizen. If you truly belive that you are British, you are a citizen and you help..
Loren, Salford, United Kingdom


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