Linda apparently writes things about such topics "as the clothes on our backs" (hope the shoe on her foot isn't too cumbersome if she makes a habit of sticking her foot in her gob in this manner) and is apparently the daughter of immigrants.
"I don't really think of my self as being English, because my parents were immigrants. I mean, I was born in England but my father wasn't born in England, and we didn't behave as if we were English."
Is it just me, or is there a whole class of incomers here (and they underline their newness constantly and keep themselves rigidly separate from those professing to be English) which, added to the nauseating prattle of longer established English citizens and the Scottish Raj makes the situation in England rather thornier than it might be?
Whilst Scotland and Wales try to overcome those who will cry "Celtic" and produce modern, inclusive, civic national identities, Englishness is still submerged in the Union vaults for reasons suiting the British project. Of course, many people in England are not terribly aware of what Englishness means, it's been gone for so long.
But do the likes of Linda Grant have to add their two penn'orths? We are, after all, told that we need to exercise sensitivity whilst dealing with people of different ethnicities. Does this mean that people like Linda, who choose to disown their own right to Englishness, should go around making sweeping statements or acting as though Englishness is a faintly bad smell under the nose? Doesn't she understand the need not to go around trampling on other people?
I'm absolutely 100% English.
My background is half-Scots with a dash of German. That's nothing to do with how I feel about my country of birth.
I find Linda Grant's attitude highly offensive.
Please engage brain THEN open mouth in future.
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