Values – a word that all manner of people seem to find difficult to define or delineate. “British” values – are defined by our Prime Minister as “a belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law”.
These sound reasonable enough (though we question the extent to which we should tolerate bigots, racists and homophobes) but how are they British values – as British as, to quote the Prime Minister, “the Union flag, fish and chips and football”? By his own admission, these values could be held by other nations – which is quite generous of him. But what apparently sets Britain apart “are the traditions and history that anchors them and allows them to continue to flourish and develop.
In an article in the “Daily Mail” in July, he continued:
“Our freedom doesn’t come from thin air. It is…
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