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Billy Bragg discusses the definition of nationalism with The Guardian

16 September 2014, 14:59 | Written by Laurence Day

Essex's Billy Bragg weighs in on the referendum ahead of the Thursday (18 September) vote, seeking to define nationalism in more than just the English (read: BNP) terms.

Speaking via The Guardian, Bragg discusses the intricacies of the political spectrum on nationalism, and how it's not just a British, English, Scottish, leftwing or rightwing concept.

It's a worthwhile read, but a bit long to post in full, so here's an excerpt:

"Support for Scottish self-determination might not fit neatly into any leftwing pigeon hole, but it does chime with an older progressive tradition that runs deep in English history – a dogged determination to hold the over-mighty to account. If, during the constitutional settlement that will follow the referendum, we in England can rediscover our Roundhead tradition, we might yet counter our historic weakness for ethnic nationalism with an outpouring of civic engagement that creates a fairer society for all."

Read the full article here.

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