Saturday, 1 February 2014
Guest speaker at Kings College School, Wimbledon
On Thursday I was the guest of Kings College School, Wimbledon, which is a non-boarding public school. For those who do not know Wimbledon it is in a very nice part of what is now in effect West London.
As a guest speaker I was following in the footsteps of MPs from the various other parties, including not only the usual ones, but also the SNP and Plaid Cymru and Sinn Fein.
I had been asked to come to talk to the Sixth Form about the politics of English culture and nationalism.
I introduced the topic by going through our exceptionally long history as a united people and nation state. After the constitutional landmarks I then talked about where we are now using the results of the 2011 Census.
I then got so many interesting questions that I didn’t get to make the speech that I had prepared to make.
It was however interesting to again see from some of the questions that the main challenge to English Nationalism comes from those whose vision is of multi-cultural “Britishness”.
It was nice to be able to reassure those who thought of themselves as being English that theirs is still the majority view in England by showing them the results of the 2011 Census.
For those who consider themselves to be in national identity terms “British only” but who are ethnically English, it was also a pleasure to be able to assure them that they were in a tiny minority in the country! They are now of course a minority within that minority of less than 30% who consider themselves to be in any sense British!