This then feeds into wider insecurity and want of national self-belief. Bad news and hardship are relentless. People need hope and confidence in the country’s ability to meet its challenges. Narrow reactionary nationalism can be a ready retreat – hence UKIP’s dramatic rise. But progressive nationalism can just as readily find root in the same needs. This Britain takes pride in a long history of surmounting its circumstances; rises to challenges through its people and their very diversity; and leads progress from the front, whether its business innovation or ground-breaking public institutions like the NHS. Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the Olympics clearly captured the strength of this vision of Britain.