‘England, my England: why organise a festival of Englishness?’ | T. Finch- openDemocracy

‘England, my England: why organise a festival of Englishness?’ | T. Finch- openDemocracy

These are people who tick the box marked English in the census or a survey not because they are anti British or stridently English, but because for them their Englishness takes precedence naturally. They have some outlets for that sentiment – supporting England sporting teams and enjoyment of various cultural events, like the Proms perhaps, where Englishness seems stronger than overall Britishness. But even so they feel their ability to express their Englishness is unduly constrained. They have noticed that from Billy Bragg to Shane Meadows to Jez Butterworth to Daljit Nagra the character of the English as a subject for music, film and literature has been on the rise. But they also feel there is still a somewhat galling diffidence, even embarrassment, in these explorations and celebrations of Englishness – in a way that the Scots or Welsh (or for that matter Americans or French) would never feel.

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