English Nationalism and its identity issues…

You think we are bad with identity politics until you look across the water at England. The Daily Express managed the impressive task of simultaneously criticising migrants and congratulating them on the same page.

You don’t like to overshadow Emma Raducanu’s magnificent achievement with discussion around her heritage. But it is astonishing how quickly people can switch from ‘immigrants out’ to embracing new ‘British’ stars.

We have been here before. When Andy Murray loses he is Scottish. When he wins he is British.

England has benefited immensely from the contributions of immigrants, a fact they are very loath to admit at times. For example, over 30% of medical staff in the NHS are Asian.

When non-whites point out these obvious contradictions they get flack for being ‘divisive’.

It is a tricky balance to be anti-immigrant on one side but on the other side, you don’t mind the ones who are rich, sporty or can save your life if you drop down with a heart attack.

Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger.

While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.