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English and free — 5 Comments

  1. Is there a law that only allows ‘citizens’ to vote, claim social security etc like there is here? Whilst we encourage people to become ‘citizens’, we also make it very difficult especially for poor English speakers. Although even as a slightly left of centre person, I agree . . becoming a member of a particular community requires a degree of assimilation, retain the best of your culture by all means but leave that which is negative behind!

    Australia day is a big celebration alright and a public holiday but I think most of us enjoy the Ferry Races and fireworks more than adopting a feeling of nationalism and belonging. It does mark the invasion of the country by Capt. Cook after all.

    You know what brought our country together of all things? The 2000 Olympic Games! I’ve never seen such palpable pride in a nation (well Sydney anyway)

  2. Don’t know if you’d seen any British news before you came north today but there is to be a drive to bolster citizenship within the uk. I do not think this will have any effect because until we overcome the lack of care and respect many young people have for their own comunitites and neighbourhoods I don’t think it is possible to develop a wider respect. They need to start at local level and from the home. I’m not sure how this can be accomplished. I find it all too depressing at times.

  3. Paula

    It is because there is no discipline any more instilled in children in the home and school we have become a namby pamby nation who have lost our identity and pride at being British.

    Ian

    I wish CSPE was taught over here, I dont care what part of the world the kids come from first and foremost they are living in my country and they learn English and our customs and learn to live by our laws. Then there is a place for their customs and language. I dont care if I’m not one of the P/C namby pamby conformists. I’m just glad I live in the South West. (rant over)

  4. Some years ago Sir Gerald Nabarro due to his position and wealth ststed that justice was what you could afford, perhaps the same should be said of freedom. but then again what is freedom.

  5. Freedom in a liberal society is very much the sort of freedom espoused by John Stuart Mill in the Nineteenth Century; it is the freedom to conduct your own life as you wish, insofar as that freedom does not impinge upon the freedom of another person; it is the freedom achieved at the end of “Brick Lane”.

    Individual freedom is challenged by religious groups who wish to enforce their own codes (including the church) and by political groups, who find liberty a challenge.

    It is not enough for people to trash Lord Goldsmith’s ideas – they need to suggest how to build a cohesive society because multiculturalism isn’t working.

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