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Thread #93449   Message #1801474
Posted By: Ruth Archer
04-Aug-06 - 11:31 AM
Thread Name: EFDSS Role in the 21st Century
Subject: RE: EFDSS Role in the 21st Century
Folkiedave is spot on. I always think it's a bit pointless comparing the situation in Ireland, Scotland and Wales to England. There are a dozen socio-political reasons why those nations have clung so fiercely to their identities and traditions while England hasn't, largely to do with empire and the resulting oppression and cultural subjugation of our neighbours. England profited enormously from her historical relationships with the rest of the nations that make up Great Britain; perhaps, ironically, she's paid with her identity. Any re-emergence of an English identity can't be healthy or positive if those historical relationships are forgotten, or indeed trivialised.