When Did Patriotism Become Synonymous With Persecution?

Jake Warren | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jake Warren

Nationalism, patriotism and conservatism (with a small c) are principles that have been influential throughout British History. They have helped shape our sense of identity and define our culture, despite the argument as to what that exactly constitutes.

Why I'm Proud of My Parents, But Not My Country

Ben Clarke | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Clarke

I may not always be proud of Northern Ireland, but I will never cease to be proud of my family for the qualities I need to live in a country of religious divide without prejudice.

The Scottish Solution

Andy Cope | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Cope

So, a simple plea. Can we not let go of the past and just share our island? Sure, there are a few unfairness issues that need ironing out. You have poverty in Scotland just the same as we have it in the other corners of the UK. And I know that 'Yes' voters will scream that this blog is too simple and that, as an 'Englander', I don't understand how it feels to be a 'Scot'.

Tea Party Man Is Overcome With Patriotism, Breaks Down... Twice

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Tea Party members are a nationalistic patriotic bunch, defending the heartland from the scourge of Keynesian economics, child refugees flo...

World Cup: It's About Team Spirit Not Nationalism

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Sport
Sandhya Matthes

Despite all of the influences on my national identity, I carry one passport. But sometimes I feel as if I could carry three - from the country of my birth and of my parents and all its values, the country which brought me up and educated me, and the country of my husband and any children we may have together. All these nations have a special meaning to me and I root for them all in different ways...

10 Reasons To Be Patriotic On St George's Day

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

The Queen, fish and chips, cups of tea and Stephen Fry. Great reasons to be proud of being British. But is that really all we've got. Actually, the...

10 Reasons Not To Be Patriotic On St George's Day

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

Bring out the bunting. There's lots to celebrate on St George's Day, we have the world's most expensive capital city, air we can barely breathe, soari...

Marine A: Cold-blooded Murder Is Never Heroic

Steve Rose | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

Sergeant Blackman's conviction was an accident of justice since his crime was only uncovered when civilian police discovered the infamous video on a serviceman's laptop. However, he will now serve life with a minimum parole tariff of 10 years.

Do We Need a New Definition of Englishness?

Sam Long | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Sam Long

The Rt Hon Cecil Rhodes once claimed that "to be born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life," which is debatable to say the least, much like Jack Wilshere's comments last week when the Arsenal midfielder's declaration that only "English players should play for England" led to him being portrayed as some sort of extremist demanding that we close the country's doors in some quarters...

White-Washing British History

Minesh Parekh | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Minesh Parekh

On Friday 6 September, David Cameron refuted a Russian official's summation that Britain was 'just a small island' by delivering a speech that reeked of a Gove-esque approach to popular history entwined with petulant patriotism. He seemed to cry out that "Britain's one of the bigger kids too, even if it wasn't allowed to go to war this time", calling upon the rhetoric of the past as if to prove Britain's place in the present world and reimagining it as it suited him.

Happy Birthday, Malaysia - You Deserve Better

Julian Tan | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

So as Malaysia celebrates her 56th year of independence and 50th birthday, I, like many, will blow out the proverbial candles with a fire from within my heart that burns all the brighter, the fiercer and the more surely. I, like many, will wish to see less exploitation of powers and less use of religion as a tool to marginalise minorities for social and political gain.

Love Alive in Art: Love Under the Banner of Patriotism

Ana Tzarev | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Patriotic Love has touched my life in profound ways. I grew up in the shadow of a tremendous giant, the Second World War. My childhood was cast into its darkness; it was only through persistence that I survived and was able to bloom. It was Patriotic Love that took the lives of family members and friends, those who fought in battle and those who were lost as casualties.

Boston Marathon Bombings: It's Time We De-link Criminality With Community

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

There is a fear ... that the gradual healing of the relationship between Muslims and others could be easily undone by incidents like Boston bombings - even though 'no soul should bear the burden for another' according to the teachings of the Abrahamic faiths.

How University Taught Me To Be Patriotic

Julian Tan | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

It is 7:25am in a quiet suburban city in Selangor, Malaysia. Sitting by a bench in my school cafeteria, I rummage through the many contents of my Adid...

Building a Better Britain Down Under?

Paul Ward | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Ward

After the Olympics, the British are patriotic but pessimistic, it seems. A recent survey and report undertaken at the University of Huddersfield found that six out of ten people would like to emigrate but want to move to a country that shares a sense of Britishness and its values.

Keep the Union Jack Flying High

Marcus Middleton | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK
Marcus Middleton

When I heard that British institutions were not going to be forced by the "Bureaucrats in Brussels" to fly the "Eurosport Logo" above Government Buildings permanently throughout the year... It made me feel good inside.

The Tories Must Not Dither Over Immigration

David Cowan | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Politics
David Cowan

The immigration debate is often reduced to a mundane battle of statistics. Though just focusing on the economic aspect of immigration does not do nearly enough justice to the scale of the problem.

Will the Olympic Effect on British Pride be Shortlived? Let's Hope Not....

Jude Thorne | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK
Jude Thorne

What a wonderful Olympics, it really does make you proud to be British! Like everyone, I watched lots of it on the television, but was also lucky enough to go to Greenwich Park for the equestrian eventing cross country day, and I have never known an atmosphere like it.

That's How They Get You (With Apologies to E. Blair)

Tom Doran | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK
Tom Doran

I like to consider myself a bone-deep cynic in the finest traditions of this nation. Grumbling is the badge of all my tribe; a positive, life-affirming species of grumble, rich with undertones of bloody-minded satisfaction.

Coked Up to the Eyeballs... Commercialism, Patriotism and the Olympic Dream

Tom Davies | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Sport
Tom Davies

Yesterday the Olympic torch relay passed the top of my road. As a graduate (or "NEET" as we're called in the current climate), it was more intrigue than patriotism that caused me to break from my Jeremy Kyle marathon and leaving the house. For one reason or another, people were in excellent spirits.

Loyalty Should Work Both Ways

Bob Morgan | Posted 30.08.2012 | UK
Bob Morgan

Celebrating the mass bombing of German cities during the Second World War would be obscene but not recognising and remembering the 55,573 aircrew killed out of a total of 125,000 that flew would be a betrayal of people who were asked to take great risks on our behalf.

Why Flag-Waving Is Anything But 'a Bit of Harmless Fun'

Patrick Garratt | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK Politics
Patrick Garratt

Patriotism, now matter how "gentle," nooses our necks and pulls us, blindfolded, to the right.

Ed Miliband, the Jewish English Patriot

Jonathan Walker | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Politics
Jonathan Walker

Ed Miliband could become the United Kingdom's second Jewish Prime Minister, following in the footsteps of Disraeli, the Victorian statesman who led the country from 1874 to 1880. His Jewish identity is something he has chosen to highlight.

Why Patriotism Is Good For Health

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 01.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Ignore those twinges of cynicism and embrace your inner patriot this weekend, as studies regularly show that nationalism makes people happy. Howeve...

Celebrate Or Commemorate - The Jubilee and Olympics Make For More Crappy Goods

David Morgan | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Comedy
David Morgan

Whether you plan to do either or both for this year's top public fund draining events; one thing is for sure there is a multitude of things out there ...