patriotism

Is patriotism a virtue?

19 November 2016 11:14

Michael Gove makes a semi-persuasive case for patriotism in The Times this week. Brexit and Trumpism are largely just assertions of…

There’s nothing irrational about patriotism

11 November 2015 16:54

In the run-up to Remembrance Day, my local branch of the Quakers has been displaying a sign on the front…

Patriotism isn’t uncivilised – it’s what makes civilisation possible

23 April 2015 11:16

Is it racist to be patriotic? Is patriotism, by definition, small-minded and exclusive? When you strip away the onion layers…

Is Ukip painting itself as the SNP of the south?

23 April 2015 11:02

Ukip kicked off St George’s Day by pledging to make today a national holiday. Although early morning press conferences have…

A 90-day patriot

16 September 2014 17:33

One question before the independence vote on Thursday is where is the SNP’s most famous celebrity supporter? You might expect…

Alex Salmond is within sight of his promised land: Scottish independence is more than just a dream.

2 September 2014 14:03

I don’t want to appear too immodest but, you know, I told you so. Back in February I wrote an article…

Who knows what patriotism will feel like if Scotland becomes independent

26 July 2014 15:30

If Scotland goes independent in September, who knows what patriotism will feel like. This may be a last chance to…

How many people would lay down their lives for the European Union?

4 March 2014 11:05

Whatever Russia does in the Ukraine, we know that Britain isn’t going to do much more than say ‘dear, dear’,…

David Cameron’s Small Island songs

6 September 2013 15:21

In response to some snarky comments from Russia about Britain, the Prime Minister has just released this bizarre statement on…

Is England too good for the English? Shakespeare’s John of Gaunt seems to think so

26 August 2013 9:30

From Shakespeare’s Richard II, lines spoken by John of Gaunt. This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth…