Gareth Young aka Toque has an interesting post on the Click on Wales Blog site about Ed Milliband's rather odd speech on Defending the Union in England
There is much in Gareth's critique of Mr Milliband's speech
that I agree with, read his article!
What I find interesting in Mr Milliband's speech is his odd claim that we can all be equally British
Having to say: Scottish or British, Welsh or British English or British I don’t accept any of that., he says. But he doesn't acknowledge that being "British" might mean different
things to different Britons!
I am Welsh and British, but my Britishness comes from the fact that I belong to the Britons
who held most of this Island before the Romans and the Anglo Saxons and Normans poked their unwelcome noses into our affairs. My claim to Britishness is one that is superior to the English claim to Britishness!
The Scots are British by virtue of what was supposed to be a marriage of equal's so since the 1700's the Scots have been as equally British as the English.
Many of the English, however, don't seem to accept that there is a difference between being English and being British. During the 1966 World Cup challenge the Union Flag was the prevalent flag. During the Euro 2012 challenge almost every supermarket in Wales has had support OUR (England)
team marketing. Even Welsh Rugby Matches on S4C have been inundated by the rather unfortunately predictive Mars Bar advert!
Being English and British to many English people has no resonance – they are two sides of the same coin – two words that mean exactly the same. Mr Milliband proved this when he said in defence of his Speech Keir Hardy was born in Scotland, represented a Welsh constituency and sat in the
ENGLISH parliament. - not the British Parliament, the English Parliament!
Being British in England, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the North of Ireland means completely different things to different people!
Even our definition of Britishness is a means to divide us rather than a label to unite us!