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What is “Britishness”?

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I used to think that Britishness was something that ran through the inhabitants of these isles like letters through a stick of rock. I have always believed that Britishness is multi-faceted, born of our long, complex and colourful history which makes it difficult to define in simple terms but something that we all recognise when we see it. For example, in Marcus Rashford’s determined campaign to ensure that children are fed during school holidays; in Captain Tom’s inspirational walk to raise money for the NHS which captured the hearts of the nation; in the Thursday evening…