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January 24, 2007
The British are feeling less so than ever before. Over the past decade, the number of people calling themselves ‘British’ has fallen from 52% to 44%. And while Scots nationalism has increased, Wales has remained ambivalent about its own identity.
Ask a Scot whether they are British or Scottish, and according to the British Social Attitudes Survey, nearly 80% will say Scottish. Ask a Welshman whether they are Welsh or British, and 60% will say they’re Welsh (the same figure as 30 years ago). And half of Englishmen claim to be British.
This shows a few things…
- We seem to be heading nearer and nearer completely separate identities.
- The English identity is relatively weak
- And the Welsh seem unlikely to want further devolution, even though the Assembly is considered toothless.