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Proud to be British!
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
Because this needs to be said from time to time - especially by the BME communities.

Photo credit: http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2009/06/002561-foreign-visitors-flocking-to-uk-says-skyscanner.html

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

The Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, is the flag of the United Kingdom. It retains an official or semi-official status in some Commonwealth Realms; for example, it is known as the Royal Union Flag in Canada. It is also used as an official flag in some of the smaller British overseas territories. The current design dates from the Union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801.

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As a Scot, I have very mixed feelings about the Union Jack and being British. My nationality is British, and before the UK joined the European Union this was undoubtedly an advantageous distinction. But personally I am Scottish first and foremost, by birth and by blood. Woe betide anyone who mistakenly calls me English. I speak English. I live in England. Yet I am not English! And right now, with the amazing triumph of the SNP in the recent Scottish Parliamentary elections heralding a real chance of a future referendum on independence, plus the Westminster Government's hike in university tuition fees in particular, I am feeling particularly bolshy on the subject! I would quite happily return to live in an independent Scotland that was a small state within Europe. And should separation happen, the union flag would cease to exist in its current three-colour form...

My husband is British by virtue of having been born in England, but is Italian by blood, and considers himself European more than British. He held both Italian and British passports prior to the demise of the old black British passport format. Although he was born and has lived all his life in England, he would never call himself English. Our children are British by birth (in England), half Scottish and half Italian by blood, and don't know what to call themselves so as not to upset such apparently anti-English parents! You can understand that we would have great trouble agreeing upon one flag to fly over our house!

I realise of course, that for you and your family, being British has a whole load of associations and historical background very different to those of a patriotic and oft homesick Scotswoman, her 'European' husband and their two mixed up kids. :-))

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