Has Britain got an identity crisis?

prometeheus By prometeheus, 13th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2bu9wh4r/
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Now that the United Kindgom´s latest population statistics are available, Matyas Macek (me) asks, ´Do the British know who they are?´

Multiculturalism

To the rest of the world, people from the UK are British. But it´s surprising to learn that only 31 percent of people in the UK say they are just British. In fact, nearly half of population say their nationality is something else - English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish or perhaps Vietnamese, Indian or Somali. Some people, about 16 percent, even say, that they have two nationalities: they are British, but also Scottish or Chinese. There are hundreds of possibilities! Are we confused? Is it a problem?

No it doesn´t seem to be. Britain is changing all the time and we are not just tolerant of differences - we are proud of them. We enjoy the diversity that multiculturalism gives us. The ethnic groups with them at least six major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism. Each community contributes its own culture and language. Britain still has two official languages, English and Welsh, but we speak many more- approximately 150 in fact - from Mandarin Chinese to Urdu. Many of us are even bilingual.

And then there´s the fun stuff that cultural diversity brings, in music, in food and the arts. The days of fish and chips are behind us, as a walk around the capital shows. Almost every district has Lebanese, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants. Thousands of Londoners visit the Notting Hill Carnival every year to dance to steel bands, reggae, soca, calypso, and jazz. Our cinemas show films from India and South America and thousands of people fill our pubs and clubs to listen to everything from Irish dance bands to African Hip-Hop. Welcome to New Britain : a confident, tolerant country which is proud of its many cultures.

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Britain, Multiculturalism, Population, Society, United Kingdom

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jul 2015 (#)

I salute Britain for its inclusive outlook. I do wish those who enjoy this camaraderie are appreciate of the welcome extended to them.

As an aside I have heard of China treating every Chinese as just Chinese when they commit an offence though they may hold US or other passports - thought provoking! siva

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author avatar Legend
14th Jul 2015 (#)

I think Britain always had one
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