63% Say They’re English………….Article from www.thecep.org.uk

63% say they’re English

Published on November 17, 2011 by  in CEP NewsCurrent Affairs,Media

According to this article on Political Betting, Prospect Magazine has published an article that contains results from a YouGov survey that will be of interest to our readers.

“…Our survey asked people whether they considered themselves mainly as English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, British or European. A mere 2 per cent said they were “European.” Most, 63 per cent, said they were “English,” while 19 per cent regarded themselves as “British.”

As yet we don’t have details such as the territorial extent of the survey but it looks from the above paragraph that it’s UK wide. If it is and if England is 83% of the UK population then this result suggests that 76% of the population of England regards themselves as English before British.

The rest of the snippet goes on to discuss attitudes to the EU:

When we compared the attitudes of “English” compared with “British” respondents, we found something odd. English voters want to leave the EU by a margin of 58-26 per cent — but “British” voters favour remaining members by 46-37 per cent. And while English voters overwhelmingly prefer an isolationist foreign policy, British voters divide fairly evenly between going it alone and doing compromise deals to tackle world problems.

(The views of Scottish voters are closer to British than English; and we had too few Welsh respondents to be sure of their stance.)

All told, the poll suggests our views on EU membership are largely shaped by how we in these islands think of ourselves. What distinguishes people who call themselves “English” is a passion for keeping other countries at arm’s length.

Whisper it softly, but is Englishness these days a source not just of pride but also insecurity?

The final two sentences strike the CEP as astonishing political spin.

What distinguishes people who call themselves “English” is a passion for keeping other countries at arm’s length.

Without wishing to discuss the pros and cons of the EU. Wanting out of the EU in no way indicates a passion to keep other countries at arm’s length. It clearly demonstrates a desire to keep a Federal Union at arm’s reach – not the same thing.

Whisper it softly, but is Englishness these days a source not just of pride but also insecurity?

Wrong again first of all it doesn’t indicate pride in Englishness it suggests Englishness as the most populous identity in England and the UK.

The result that 63% of UK subjects identify themselves as English over British shows security in Englishness. This survey will hopefully help convey what most of us have known for years – the vast majority of English people are happy – and secure – being English.

We exist and we deserve recognition and representation. It’s time to turn up the heat. Please write, telephone or visit your MP to encourage them to sign the EDM 2426. And if you haven’t already sign the e-petition for an English parliament too. Please encourage your friends and family to do the same on both counts
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I am and Englishman who is fed up with the way the Government and others treats the people of England

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