John Harris

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Don’t let England be rebranded as a nation of bigots | John Harris

People power, not politicians, led the fight against intolerance in the 1970s. We need that grassroots spirit again

To quote those legendary Englishmen the Beatles, it was 20 years ago today (or thereabouts). In autumn 1996, the Tory-run Department of National Heritage issued a press release featuring the term “Cool Britannia”. Tony Blair and the prime movers of New Labour were already on that political wavelength. In his conference speech the previous year, Blair had said that he aspired to make Britain “a young country … with a common purpose, ideals we cherish and live up to … ready for the day’s challenge: ambitious, idealistic, united”. By the following year, a new Labour government was working on nothing less than “the rebranding of Britain”. Now, ruinously, we have been rebranded again.

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The liberal left also shares responsibility for leaving the question of what England is to more destructive voices

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