Quite. This country has been distinguished for more than three centuries by uncensored newspapers. Here are some more defining traits: equality before the law, without regard for birth, wealth or ancestry; the mass franchise; universal education; jury trials; regular elections. There are few places on Earth of which lefties should be prouder.
It’s entirely true: but asking for it a bit to say it in The Guardian.
And this is a great quote:
As Billy Bragg, a rare champion of leftist nationalism, puts it: “If there is a single trait in our character that has set us apart from other nations, it is our determination to limit the authority of those who rule over us”.
Which is why we can describe ourselves as lefties for opposing the Courageous State.