What does being British mean? Is there such a thing as “Britishness”?
With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations dragging on endlessly, (Kohinoor Diamond stolen from India) there’s a definite split amongst the Royalites and the rest of us, who are indifferent to the The House of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, you know the German Queen and her Greek Prince husband.
So what does being British actually mean?
What does it mean to be British?
It means I can sit here in England
On an American website
With my Japanese laptop, that was probably made in S.Korea, with Coltan mined by children from war ravaged Congo
Drinking tea from Africa
While sitting on a chair from Sweden
That’s on a rug from Italy.
Later on I may jump into my British car, that’s owned by an Indian corporation
Go to a Dutch owned petrol station, to put in petrol that’s come from Iraq
& finally drive down to eat some Spanish tapas cooked by a Filipino chef.
I’m living the British dream – Benefiting from the legacy of a Global Empire whilst others serve that legacy.