Hypocrisy! How British is it?

Hypocrisy can’t be British, can it? Hypocrisy is something we always deny, because nobody likes a hypocrite. We love to say what we mean and mean what we say, don’t we? How could anyone think otherwise? Surely, I can’t include this in my list of what...

Free speech is a British value.

Free speech is controversial Free speech means different things to different people, but we all think it’s a Good Thing. It fits with two things I have already written about in my series on Britishness: Multiculturalism and our Sense of Humour. That is because...

Humour is very British!

Humour is in our self-image Humour is essential if you want to understand the British. I have already written about Multiculturalism and Violence (the latter in a negative way of course). Anyone coming here from Afghanistan or anywhere else needs to get our sense of...

Violence is not British!

Violence occurs in Britain Violence occurs in all countries and Britain is no exception. Apart from boxing, martial arts and other violent sports, violent crimes take place from time to time in almost every part of the UK. Almost everyone is capable of losing his or...

Multiculturalism is now part of Britishness

Multiculturalism should be taught Multiculturalism is one aspect of British life today. Therefore I hope Afghans will learn about it, when they arrive in the UK. It should be in their lessons on ‘British Values’, which the government has promised. In fact,...