Diverse England. An English Future: a discussion

Tue 18/10/16 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 Trevor Phillips, OBE, is a British writer, broadcaster and former politician discusses
how we manage the many competing identities vying for pre-eminence within our
national boundaries.
An English Future: E Pluribus Unum or Ex Uno Multa?*
Bill Clinton’s team gave the world the motto “It’s the economy, stupid” as the platform
for one of the most successful political machines ever created. Yet on June 23, many
Britons – and the voters of England in particular responded to the call to “take our
country back”, proving that on this occasion at least identity trumped economics.
So what should that country of the future look like? Most of all, how should we manage
the many competing identities vying for pre-eminence within our national boundaries -
geographic, cultural, confessional, racial, not to mention political?
Can England get to the second half of the century as an integrated nation that
illustrates the motto “Out of many, one”? Or is it heading for a splintered future whose
slogan might be: “Out of one, many”?
*Out of many, one? Or out of one, many?