Instilling 21st Century Britishness

In light of Labour’s poor Local Government results, Gordon Brown has returned to the theme of establishment parties inhabiting the political ground of a patriotic Britishness. In the Sunday Times, Lord Skidelsky argues that one way to instill this is to teach a historical narrative in schools rather than the present disjointed “Henrys and Hitler” approach. Lesley White spends time with the youth of a British religious minority, Muslims, to see what identity they are forging for themselves. She argues they are a confident, dynamic group generally at ease with the society they are in.