Building on Chris Patten’s assertion that the present prime minister is an English nationalist, Zoe Williams correctly observes that Boris Johnson’s English nationalism is based on a myth that contains such rhetorical references as a gunboats in the Channel, hostility towards migrants, and dislike of foreign competition (English nationalism has a champion in No 10. But it’s a very fragile concept, 15 December). She might agree that the myth is also accompanied by a deification of economic liberalism and deregulation.
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