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BS: British or European?

GUEST,jayohjo in Russia 03 Jun 01 - 11:40 AM
GUEST 03 Jun 01 - 05:33 AM
Yankee Gal 03 Jun 01 - 12:13 AM
GUEST,CarolC, not at home 02 Jun 01 - 09:59 PM
McGrath of Harlow 02 Jun 01 - 08:30 PM
Rebel135 02 Jun 01 - 04:33 PM
sian, west wales 02 Jun 01 - 02:39 PM
Linda Kelly 02 Jun 01 - 08:51 AM
Dave (the ancient mariner) 01 Jun 01 - 09:37 PM
vindelis 01 Jun 01 - 09:13 PM
CarolC 01 Jun 01 - 08:27 PM
McGrath of Harlow 01 Jun 01 - 08:13 PM
CarolC 01 Jun 01 - 07:53 PM
wdyat12 01 Jun 01 - 07:43 PM
CarolC 01 Jun 01 - 07:34 PM
GUEST,Gareth 01 Jun 01 - 07:04 PM
GeorgeH 01 Jun 01 - 01:05 PM
Fiolar 01 Jun 01 - 09:46 AM
GUEST,Airto 01 Jun 01 - 09:37 AM
GUEST,Adolfo 01 Jun 01 - 07:33 AM
mooman 01 Jun 01 - 06:37 AM
Les from Hull 01 Jun 01 - 06:27 AM
Lyndi-loo 01 Jun 01 - 05:25 AM
Linda Kelly 01 Jun 01 - 05:19 AM
DougR 01 Jun 01 - 01:39 AM
JeZeBeL 01 Jun 01 - 12:59 AM
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mousethief 31 May 01 - 06:40 PM
Linda Kelly 31 May 01 - 06:36 PM
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GUEST,Ouch give me an Aspro no make it a pack lol 31 May 01 - 12:51 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,jayohjo in Russia
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 11:40 AM

Have I really missed the point of this thread? I consider myself to be English AND British AND European AND a citizen of the world. That does not mean that these things are interchangeable and the same, it does not mean that there are no differences between me and other world citizens, or Europeans, or British, or even English. It's all just classifications, and it's very easy to fit into lots of classifications all at the same time. That's my take anyway. Jo XX


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 05:33 AM

Mcgrath of Harlow & CAROL C.

As an American, I have to say that I haven't the beginnings of a clue about what 'being American' is. I have no sense of cultural identity with this place. It's just the place where I live. There's too much cultural diversity here for anyone to try to define what it means to be 'American'.

As a reply I would say

One of the failings we have as a culture is that sometimes we dont replicate our culuture from generations to generation.

I have maintained for some time that "The Yankees" of Civil War fame are gone.

The cultural of heritage of the Massachusetts of Daniels Webster day is remembered in a vague way.

How Stands The Union.... You better have his answer or he will rise right of his grave... Webster was not kidding.

What is an American? Its a cultural idea, just like an Englishman in one of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas could tell you what he was.

With the continuing attack on the American cultural under the banner of diversity you have a real challenge.

Places like New York which while never very cohesive as a group are even more fragmented that ever.

Some cultural elements are pushing for the American/English language to be "not required", segments of the immigrants want to retain ethnic identity.

For those benighted souls who dont know they are Americans and what values that means, I would submit, go to some of the Third World Countries and see how they operate.

Its was a cultural wake up the last time I went from American Nogales to Mexican Nogales. Its like a time warp. (Less so as the illegal and legal Mexican immigration into the American West continues.

Whats an American, I can well understand your confusion. We have MEXICAN POLITICANS, 2000 miles from Mexico to woo voters who are in Yakima Washington. If the voters are not in your town, why not go to where they are.

Whats An Englishman... What Would Gilbert And Sullivan have said, Whats an American... What would Benjamin Franklin have said....

Good Luck on Your Quest... If being an American is just a fact of that is where your at, I would suggest you read Everette Hales... Man Without A Country... Or Even Lay Of The Last Minsteral..

Wes Prichard...


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Yankee Gal
Date: 03 Jun 01 - 12:13 AM

ok I was always confused by Iceland and Greenland. are they just considered orphaned islands in the middle of nowhere or are they Euros? Has anyone there awoken from your winter slumber so you can straighten out this mess?


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,CarolC, not at home
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 09:59 PM

"Being American is much cultural as anything else."

--Rebel135

As an American, I have to say that I haven't the beginnings of a clue about what 'being American' is. I have no sense of cultural identity with this place. It's just the place where I live. There's too much cultural diversity here for anyone to try to define what it means to be 'American'.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 08:30 PM

One of the oddest things is the way that, when the word Asian is used , it often is not taken as including Chinese or Japanese - for example in the recent census we had here. In fact as used commonly it just means people from India, Pakistan and Bangla Desh and Sri Lanka.

Being American is much cultural as anything else. But surely there isn't just one American culture any more than there is one European culture? It's divided up all ways. And for all that, there's a commonality, as with the various people in Europe.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Rebel135
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 04:33 PM

What Would Winston Say!!???

I'm sorry you guys all feel confused. As an American I see very distinct differences between the say Italians and the Swedish and the British.

Why are you confused?

Being American is much cultural as anything else.

Coming to American and declaring yourself an American may make you feel better but its not the truth.

Just because the politicans feel that the British and the French should be closer together does'nt make you the same in my book.

A Rebel Wes Prichard


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 02:39 PM

Gareth, remember ( - cofia - ) that Shakespeare's granny was Welsh - hence, Puck in A Midsummer's Night Dream (pwca - also the base of the word Bug - as in Millenium...)

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 02 Jun 01 - 08:51 AM

Fascinating how we manage to bundle other nations into one continental identity but don't want to have it applied to ourselves -Asians, Africans we use these terms everyday and never think twice about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 09:37 PM

British/Canadian... Europe is a continent and not a national identity. Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: vindelis
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 09:13 PM

A Portlander definitely. Just ask anyone who knows me. I might occaisionaly call myself English/British, but Europe is on the other side of the Channel and it can stay there. At least our American brethren use the same words, even if there is the odd diffeence in definition.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: CarolC
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 08:27 PM

You have an interesting point, McGrath of Harlow. I would be interested in hearing what people from Mexico, Central America, and Cuba have to say about that.

I also think it would be interesting to hear what Puerto Ricans have to say about it. They are citizens of the U.S., but do they refer to themselves as Puerto Ricans or Americans?


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 08:13 PM

"I think we must stop being insular." I can't see how you can live on an island and not be insular. And of course Great Britain is only the largest of the many islands that are part of Europe. But a lot closer to the mainland than the second biggest, Iceland. (Scarpi - do you think of yourself as living in Europe?)

How do Hawaiians deal with the fact that, while they are in the United States of America, they are not actually Geographically in America, North, South or Central? Essentially the same situation as the French in St Pierre and Miquelin which Les from Hill brought up.

And of course I'd refer to people from Latin America as being Americans. (After all, Cubans have never gone in for saying "Cuba Si, Americano No", but rather "Yanqui No"..., which suggests to me a certain irritation at having the name of two continents appropriated by a single country.)


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: CarolC
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 07:53 PM

What about Hawaii, then, wdyat12? Is it not a part of the U.S.? (Or were you just joking?)


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: wdyat12
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 07:43 PM

NO! Britain and Europe are 20 miles apart. Only the Chunnel and bad Royal marriages connect them.

wdyat12


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: CarolC
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 07:34 PM

By the way, CarolC, why not call yourself a 'US American'?

--GUEST,Airto

Yeah. I forgot about that. I actually have referred to myself in that way before. Believe it or not, I stopped doing it because it felt a bit pretentious. Please believe me when I tell you, the North Americans I have met who are not from the U.S. are not troubled in the least by the use of the term 'American' by citizens of the U.S. In fact a lot of them seem to like being able to make the distinction between themselves and 'Americans'.

That's why many Canadians like to travel abroad wearing the Canadian flag where it can be easily seen. In fact, if I ever travel abroad, I might consider wearing a Canadian flag myself. According to most of the Canadians I've met, I've already got the accent. And if what I've been reading in various threads here in the Mudcat is any indication, I'll recieve much better treatment.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,Gareth
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 07:04 PM

Speaking as a Welshman, remeber the old saw :-

"Another triumph for Britain !"

or

"England looses again !"

Though speaking historically, my ancestors marched through mud, blood, flood, and disease to cut the French to shreds at Agincourt, with the long bow, to be told that this was a triumph of english arms.

Outside of the original Spin Doctor - one Will Shakespear - is there any Ballard or Folk Song which records the feats of the South Wales bowmen ?

NB Harlech is in North Wales !

Gareth

( aka Garydd )


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GeorgeH
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 01:05 PM

To claim British culture is not European is to show a limited grasp of British culture.

In the same way, there are very strong European links in US culture, but that has diverged much further from Europe.

As for our Economic ranking, the gulf between us and "number 1" is what makes our position totally irrelevent.

G


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Fiolar
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 09:46 AM

Funny really what all the fuss is about. When most of the ancestors of today's "English" came from Europe as invaders in the first place. Even the very word "English" denotes the early Germanic settlers of Britain (Angles, Saxons and Jutes) (OE dictionary). Not forgetting of course George the German who replaced Queen Anne in the 18th century. All the hoo-hah about "save the pound" is a load of Tory bollocks. I don't give a damn what currency I get paid in as long as it buys me the simple needs of life. Pity we still don't use the original meaning of "Tory." As a kid in Ireland we referred to pine cones as "Tory Tops."


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,Airto
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 09:37 AM

You might guess that Irish people would also have problems with being European - living on an island, cultural links with the English-speaking world, etc - but generally speaking they don't, they are happy to be part of Europe.

After all, the rest of Europe takes us seriously, something many British people have never done.

In fact, I think the whole difficulty for some British people with the EU comes from their reluctance to take anyone seriously but themselves.

By the way, CarolC, why not call yourself a 'US American'?


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,Adolfo
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 07:33 AM

Well, I think that being European is a bit like being in love: if you don't know whehter you are o not, most probably you aren't. Here in Spain it's difficult to find anyone who is expressedly against the idea of Europe. Even Secesionist Basques or Catalonians will deny their Spanishness in favour of their absolutely-clear Europeism. As for the British...well, things are different when seen on this side of the pond.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: mooman
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 06:37 AM

Maybe I'm missing something here but isn't Europe a "continent"?

Avoiding the currently politically charged question of "British" and "Europe" (I have Irish nationality by the way!), England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man, Anglesey, the Hebrides, Orkneys, Shetland, Scilly Isles, Isle of Wight and any other attached or unattached bits of aforementioned places are technically "European"?

Plus of course all the other non-EU and non-EFTA countries technically within the continent of Europe!

I think Burke and McGrath have both made the same points.

mooman


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 06:27 AM

At a European meetings of Heads of State there might be problems with other nations. The United kingdom isn't the only constitutional monarchy in the EU, and other nations have a separate president and political head (Ireland, France for example). We've even got a Grand Duchy in Europe (there's not many of those about these days).

So from a European point of view having the political leader of the country the same as the Head of State is a bit unusual. Perhaps it is you United Statesians who are a bit out of step! Bear in mind that if you need a non-political Head of State, I could do it for a while but I won't be free till the end of July!

Acting Grand Duke Les


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Lyndi-loo
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 05:25 AM

tut Tut Ickle Dorrit. You should be thrown into the Tower and have your head cut off for such seditious talk!
*BG*


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 05:19 AM

Well put Jezebel -frankly I do not know many 'English' who cannot claim at least some Irish Scottish Welsh or other ancestry, which is why being English is fairly irrelevant and also makes it difficult for some of us to get het up about this rush for wanting a National identity. As for the pound Sod the Queen -any coin that doesn't carry a reminder of the farce of sovereignty is ok in my book.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: DougR
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 01:39 AM

Guest On Hop, why not!


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: JeZeBeL
Date: 01 Jun 01 - 12:59 AM

Geographically speaking,I would say "BRITISH" as we cannot be part of europe as we are not joined to the continent (bar the channel tunnel).

I know historically we have always thought of ourselves as being seperate to europe, but if you think about it, we are a mixture of that many different nationalities that we should be classed as "EUROPEAN". I mean the vikings came over and god knows who else. I'm sorry I'm not a very historical person.

I don't think we can class ourselves as anything except international as we have that many different cultures and nationalities bred into us over time that we are not "pure" brittons. When I say we, I mean everyone in the world..........

Please don't shout at me......


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,On the Hop
Date: 31 May 01 - 07:02 PM

If someone can be African American could I be English European ?


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: mousethief
Date: 31 May 01 - 06:40 PM

If the PM would be angry, then at least the PM thinks Britain is part of Europe.

QED.

Alex


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 31 May 01 - 06:36 PM

Not only would the PM be angry mousethief, but you could guarantee mass paranoia in the anti-European lobby as well!


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: DougR
Date: 31 May 01 - 06:28 PM

United Statesians, Carol C.? Well, it's got a ring to it, doesn't it? :>)

BRITISH, you are BRITISH! At least that's how I think of you.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: mousethief
Date: 31 May 01 - 06:21 PM

If they had a summit meeting of European heads of state, and the PM were left out, would he be angry?


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 31 May 01 - 06:15 PM

Bald eagle - I've met very few Europeans that do not have a reasonable understanding of English so I hardly think that language is an issue to divide us in this day and age. How are we culturally near to the U.S.A? -I have worked for American and French companies and have found cultural differences in both. I cannot think on a day to day level of anything that we do in this country, the States or in any European country, that isn't the same because that's globalisation for yer. In Europe, the cultural differences that we have say musically, are compensated by shared experience in sport which we do not share with the USA. On an everyday basis I do not see myself as anything, when the Test Match is on I see myself as English, when the football is on I pretend to be German (joke) but I would prefer not to be anything at all because I am not a great beliver in dividing people up into nations -it only creates bother! I am however proud to be part of Europe and am aggrivates by the xenophobia/racism that still exists in this land.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 31 May 01 - 05:32 PM

I suspect that most Americans would not include the British Isles (including Ireland , Scotland, Wales etc.) in any description of European, since the Brits et. al. speak "our" language, English. This may be based on ignorance, preference, or on regionalism.

"Continental" or "European" is frequently thought of in conjuction with speaking one of those "foreign" tongues, like Spanish, French or German. And while many Americans will often lose interest in hearing anything in those foreign tongues, they will sit for hours to overhear Scots, Irish, Welsh, English, and yes, even Canadian accents. And one of my dearest West Virginian friends told me that, to him, Australians sound like Englishmen with bad colds.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: mousethief
Date: 31 May 01 - 02:08 PM

That's pushing it, Radriano. My parents live on an island about 20 miles from the mainland; are they therefore not North Americans?

---

"Central America" is a political and not a geographical distinction. The only continents over here are North and South America. "Central America" is a part of the continent of North America. This can be easily seen on a map.

The dividing point between North America and South America is pretty easy -- I'd make it the point at which the Panama ithsmus touches the mainland of South America proper. It's far easier than determining where, east of the Black Sea but south of the Urals, Asia ends and Europe begins!

Alex


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: radriano
Date: 31 May 01 - 01:58 PM

Seems to me that if you look at a map Britain is physically not a part of Europe.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,Ouch give me an Aspro no make it a pack lol
Date: 31 May 01 - 12:51 PM

Stop this silly charade! You know very well we are an Island race and not giving in to Wine and Coffee and other un Beer un Fish n Chip and and and .... stop it right away......

The Poind is here to stay if the Eurocrats need a currency they should use the British Poind - so there and if they want a language they should use English !


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Ringer
Date: 31 May 01 - 12:50 PM

We have to be part of Europe or we risk falling behind and isolated in terms of European trade. I don't see why. We have the world's 4th largest economy (we were only 5th till the falling value of the Euro dropped France's GDP below ours); why should it be thought that we aren't big enough to stand alone? Will Switzerland, Malasia, etc, all fall behind? And if it's just European trade you're talking about, we run a trade deficit with Europe anyway; will they stop selling to us if we don't join the Euro? And why should they stop buying? Don't they buy from USA?

Europe (including Britain) must act as a counterbalance to the might (and political outlook) of the USA. I don't see that, either, not being paranoid about the USA. An alternative way of looking at it might be that we need to separate ourselves from the corruption of Mediterranean Europe and continuing German dreams of world domination (all right, I am paranoid about Europe, spit, spit).


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,JohnB
Date: 31 May 01 - 12:38 PM

As this is supposed to be a music discussion group. Mentally imagine "European" Folk Music, now do the same thing with "British" Folk Music. There you have your answer. JohnB


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 31 May 01 - 12:32 PM

I thought that they just divided America up that way so that it would fit in the atlas better! What about Central America then? Where is the dividing line between North and South? I would guess Panama 'cos there's a bit of a line down there. But don't worry, Alex - we've got some Europe in the Caribbean and in South America as well. I think we just do it to make it cheaper for you to have a European holiday!

I was just trying to point out how silly the concept of a European Union citizen can end up being. If the UK did the same thing and included its own overseas territories as well, it would get even sillier.

Most of the citizens of the EU have spent centuries beating the crap out of each other. If the EU only stops us doing that, I'm all for it. As for myself, I don't care. I'll just try to be as human as I can.

Les


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: mousethief
Date: 31 May 01 - 11:49 AM

There is no continent called "America." There is a South America, and a North America. The two of them together are sometimes called "The Americas." But there is no continent called "America."

Alex


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Lyndi-loo
Date: 31 May 01 - 10:10 AM

Since when do the Americans speak the same language as us? We have to be part of Europe or we risk falling behind and isolated in terms of European trade. Europe (including Britain) must act as a counterbalance to the might (and political outlook) of the USA


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Subject: Sod Europe!
From: Ringer
Date: 31 May 01 - 10:05 AM

Culturally European? Not so. Our culture has more similarities with USA than Europe (or doesn't language count?). I'm English first, British a poor second and European only because of Geography (and, at a push, I acknowledge because UK is a member of the EU, too).

And the pound may be irrelevant as a sign of sovereignty but (as you admit, Grab) is immensely significant in terms of actual sovereignty. Why do we want to ally ourselves to a failing currency? I predict that it will fall to pieces within 5 years.

I detest this concept of Europe as a political rather than purely geographic entity.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Grab
Date: 31 May 01 - 09:41 AM

As a sign of sovereignty, the pound is irrelevant. But as an economic point, it is important. Given the massive level of corruption in the EU (it makes Neil Hamilton look like an amateur), I'm not sure we'd really want the EU running the economy of every member country. Besides which, it's not like every country is in a similar financial situation - the economic difference between Greece and Germany for instance is enormous, so they require different solutions.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GeorgeH
Date: 31 May 01 - 09:25 AM

I'm with Gervase here . . . though I suspect legally my citizenship is of the UK, which gives me fewer rights and a weaker democracy than it would in many other European nations.

It's strange . . you don't have to go back very far in our history to find times when Britain saw itself intellectually very much a part of Europe; this estrangement is a very recent (post WW-II, IMO) thing.

What's wrong with being British AND European?? And proud of both aspects of my heritage.

And as for getting rid of the £ - well it would at least remove the constant reminders of our subjugation to the House of Windsor (as it re-christened itself when its Germanic origins became "unfashionable"). I find it very hard to take "concerns" of "loss of sovreignty" seriously when our sovereign power is an unaccountable hang-over of the Divine Right to Rule . . and between that household and our democratic process we also have that absurd geriatric hospital sometimes called the House of Lords!

(Rant over!)

Cheers!

George


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 31 May 01 - 06:33 AM

What about the inhabitants of St Pierre et Michelon? They're in the European Union, so are they Europeans? They are part of the American continent so are they also Americans? Are they jusqua Canadiens? Or are they just French?

Come on you St Pierre et Michelonians, we need to hear from you!

(Thanks to France and Spain including their overseas territories as part of the European Union, Europe (politically rather than geographically) spreads a bit further than you would think, and includes bits of America, Africa and Asia. Europe, coming to a continent near you soon!

Les


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: GUEST,Scabby Doug (on cookie-eating PC)
Date: 31 May 01 - 05:54 AM

Hmmmm... I think a lot of Scots would declare for European, rather than being British. But to be honest, I think that'd mostly be so that we can annoy the English!

On the other hand, Scotland has always had closer historical ties with mainland Europe than England (again, mostly so that we could annoy the English).

(is there a theme developing here?)

In fact, and through legal necessity, Scots driving on the mainland have to carry "GB" identification on their cars, and most Scots will also place "Ecosse" or "Alba" stickers too..

I know many people who'd leave on the "Ecosse" sticker, but on returning home, throw away the GB sticker...

I don't claim to have any definitive idea of what people in this part of the world think.. people have their own idea of what cultural and social bonds exist between the different parts of the UK and Europe...

but I know that William Hague is barking up the wrong tree in whining on about the loss of the Pound in the election campaign. Most people I've spoken to couldn't care less... as a sign of national identity - the Pound Sterling doesn't cut it, it seems....

Cheers

Steven


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: CarolC
Date: 31 May 01 - 05:29 AM

Of course with people from the United States you can never know whether when they say they are Americans they are talking in terms of that particular chunk of the continent, or geographically.

--McGrath of Harlow

What else are we supposed to call ourselves? United Statesians? You can pretty much take it for granted that when people from the U.S. call themselves 'Americans', they are refering to their nationality. That's the choice we have available to us right now.

I know at least one Canadian who would be very quick to correct anyone who refered to him/her as an 'American'.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Gervase
Date: 31 May 01 - 04:43 AM

I'm a British subject (and how I resent that word!) and a citizen of Europe.
And, having travelled much of Europe, I can't wait for greater integration and for the insular Little-Englanders of the Tory party to be consigned to a little cabinet of historical curiosities alongside the flat-earthers and the learned men of Laputa.


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 31 May 01 - 04:39 AM

DtG

Confusing isn't it?

Forms in NZ offered the choice Maori/European/Other - for "ethnic origin". I think "European" is now replaced by "Caucasian" - now ain't that confusing McGrath?

I'm a "Kiwi" - 5th generation model - of mongrel origin...;)

A century or more ago, NZ turned down the offer of joining in as part of Australia. The topic crops up regularly, and has surfaced again recently. It may eventuate in my lifetime - in which case I'll have to face up to your UK/EU "nationality" decision.

Ummm....

No offence to my cobbers on the "West Island" of New Zealand, but if we ever amalgamate, I'll be incapable of checking an [Oz] box....;)

I'm a Stewart Islander and have enough trouble clicking the [NZ] box. When I head to "town", I go to the "mainland" or if I'm grizzly "New Zealand".

Karen has it summed up, with her comment about the insularity of "islanders". And, I guess the smaller your island's population, the higher the degree of insularity. Our permanent population is 350.

A "Sheltie" would probably be more than a bit grumpy about being called "British". Let's face it - if I lived on Yell and said I was going to Mainland - I'd be going to the largest island of the Shetland group - not even Scotland, on the "mainland" of the UK....;)

I'm amazed that "American/Canadian" hasn't appeared yet. And, how would a resident of Punta Arenas handle checking off [American] as nationality on a form?

Ain't the philosophical complexities of this thread wonderful? Words, and the way we use 'em are wonderful.

I've filled the whisky glass.

Here's a toast to "globalisation" (as enjoyed through Mudcat) and to "insularity" (as enjoyed through life).

Also to "humanity" and especially "gnomanity"..')

Sláinte - Sam - Stewart Island (NZ)


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Subject: RE: BS: British or European?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 31 May 01 - 04:15 AM

Burke's point about the voting is a good one. We do, so we are. Perhaps part of the problem is that the British haven't quite grasped the idea of federalism ...yet?

I'm Canadian, and I'm Welsh, and I'm European. I refrain from saying I'm British only as a protest: too many English (including the Media - despite the BBC issuing guidelines) and a huge proportion of the rest of the planet, seem to use British and English interchangeably, which is just wrong.

The British also sometimes refer to me as an American; when I correct them, they point out their 'continental' reference, which is codswollop 'cause they'd never call a Mexican an American.

That's m' tuppence-worth, anyway.

sian


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