When Minorities Criticize Britain It's A Sign Of Integration, Not Disloyalty

Basit Mahmood | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

Yes, we should celebrate our country's exceptional strengths, whilst being able to accept our country's weaknesses, especially from those whom so many consider the 'other', if we are to ensure Britain reaches it's full potential.

The Left And Englishness

Rabbil Sikdar | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
Rabbil Sikdar

For the Left to reclaim Englishness cannot be done by ignoring the diversity of the working class it's seeking to appeal to, nor by simply erasing what Englishness meant to many people. It means understanding that this identity meant many things, some were good, but many, unfortunately, were not.

'My Name Is John And I Voted To Leave'

John Hartigan | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics
John Hartigan

My confession to the local Labour Party did not go down so well. Horrendous farts have had a better reception. My comrades were polite enough and I thank them for their tolerance. Nonetheless, I was a lone voice. Yet I am not alone.

My Body Was Submerged By Goose-Bump Nationalism

Katie Lodge | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Katie Lodge

If you think about your mother, hopefully you can stop an erection in its tracks. If you've done enough Kegel exercises, you can woo yourself not to d...

Racism, Nationalism, Patriotism As The Consequences Of Xenophobia

Karmak Bagisbayev | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Karmak Bagisbayev

Xenophobia as a primordial instinct, arose with the appearance of living beings on Earth as a natural response to the threat posed by other species, a...

The Clueless 'Brexiteers' Hiding Behind Patriotism

Bob Morgan | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

We have to leave the EU - but we don't actually have to do it in such a damaging way as these people appear to want. It will all be about how we negotiate our exit - what the new relationship with the EU will be.

Five Fab Feminist Acts From Our Nation's Sweetheart - Queen Elizabeth II

Nell Grecian | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK
Nell Grecian

She is not the first Queen of England (albeit arguably our best) but sadly, after her reign, will be the last for at least three generations. Happy 90th Birthday to our brilliant, stoic, and wonderfully feminist Queen Elizabeth II.

The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards Refugees

Ben Johns | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.

The Oregon Standoff: When We Mistake Terrorism for Protest

Vidhya Ramalingam | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK
Vidhya Ramalingam

Many have focused on how inaction of authorities in Oregon highlights racial biases and double standards in police use of force and counter-terrorism in the United States. But one of the most dangerous outcomes of inaction against violence is the legitimacy we implicitly lend it. Let's not mistake terrorism for protest.

Is It Patriotic to Be Ignorant on Remembrance Day?

Byron Dean | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Byron Dean

The stereotypical left-wing pseudo-intellectual who sneers and scoffs at ageing veterans is indeed infuriating. It is plainly disrespectful to discredit their courage and sacrifice by using Remembrance Day as an opportunity to make petty gestures and score cheap points.

Thoughts on Corbyn's Failure to Sing

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 18.09.2016 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Britain's patriotic media, owned mainly by foreigners, have condemned Jeremy Corbyn for expressing his opinion - or, rather, failing to express their opinion. Shockingly, a non-religious republican refused to sing a song dedicated to God and Queen.

Hunt Has A 'Patriotic' Vision For Labour

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics

Tristram Hunt wants Labour to find some patriotic fervour and "wrap itself" in the cross of St George. In a Wednesday speech, the shadow education sec...

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.