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The British question$
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Arthur Aughey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083402

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083402.001.0001

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The matter of England

The matter of England

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The British question

Arthur Aughey

Manchester University Press

This Chapter considers what Hazell once called the ‘gaping hole’ in the devolution settlement, England. It could be said that the English question has become the damnable question in British politics. Current expressions of Englishness have a particular context: the new complexity of United Kingdom governance and the uncertainty of how England fits into it. Most of the proposals for accommodating a distinctive political voice for England within the United Kingdom pose great difficulties for coherent governance and potential dangers for the Union. The chapter argues that the time has not yet arrived for dealing with this question. And when or if it does, it is likely to be the consequence of changes elsewhere in the United Kingdom rather than because of any serious press of English public opinion.

Keywords:   Englishness, Britishness, West Lothian Question, national mood, identity

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