Another England


Who are the English? Today, the dominant story told about our national history solely serves the interests of the right. The only people who dare speak of ‘Englishness’ are cheerleaders for isolationism and imperial nostalgia. But there is another story, equally compelling, about who we are: about the English people’s radical inclusivity, their ancient commitment to the natural world, their long struggle to win rights for all. It puts the Chartists and the Levellers in their rightful places alongside Nelson and Churchill. It draws on the medieval writers and Romantic poets who emphasised the sanctity of the environment. And at its heart is England’s ancient multicultural heritage, embodied by the Black and Asian writers the curriculum neglects. Here, Caroline Lucas uses this alternative story to offer a progressive vision of what Englishness is and what it might be.

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