However, the pride of Britons in their national identity has fallen to an all-time low, with only one in five young people “very proud” to be British, the British Social Attitudes survey has found.
According to the figures, seen by The Sunday Times, a third of people are very proud to be British, compared with 43 per cent a decade ago.
The young and highly educated are the least likely to feel proud to be British than older people or those with fewer qualifications.
Why would anyone be proud of having pulled the winning lottery ticket in life, that random chance of having been born British? Thankful possibly, grateful perhaps, but proud?
The monarchy, the BBC and pubs are among the most important aspects when it comes to defining Britain, according to a new research.
William Shakespeare, the House of Commons and our weather also top the list of key British associations.
The major feature of being British is that we don’t try to define it. There’s none of this Germanic nonsense where people try to look for the soul of the nation, the blood of the race n’all. No Froggie insistence that it’s all contained in three word phrases, not for us a l’Americain where it’s hand on heart to the flag. We simply are and that’s the end of that.
Think how damn difficult it is to really come up with a definition of Britishness. The best I can do is that we’re the only group of people who are willing to entertain the idea that not all Morris Dancers are entirely and completely mad. Not sure about it mind, but willing to entertain the idea. Or is that the English?