posted on May, 8 2009 @ 05:22 AM
You may wish to consider the converse though... Britain in the modern age is not the Britain that I wish it to be. Faith in it's institutions,
legal system and government has been eroded. Why would "the general public" have faith in an infrastructure that regularly let them down?
Clearly, since I am not a Muslim I cannot comment on why Muslims feel such faith in the UK, however, as a member of the "general public" I can be
sure that this is the worst state I have seen our fair and pleasant land in, surprising since I was one of the "3,000,000" during Margaret
Thatcher's premiership. I suppose, they key difference between "then" and "now" is that, whether you loved or hated her, you knew where she
stood and you knew where you stood. There was no wishy-washyness.
Belief in the government and the institutions of Britain is *not* patriotism per se. In fact, being a patriot is likely to attract the label of
"right wing fanatic" or "racist", just look at the furore over St. Georges Day (albeit, specific to England of course).
I am sure that the "64%" love Britain, but have become disillusioned since that "love" is unrequited. Who can be patriotic about seeing their
Another key factor is the historical nature of "Britain" being a "UK". People with long memories and even longer family ties to this island will
inevitably have different opinions about whether the Scots, Welsh, Northern Irish and English are indeed "united". The Scottish have their own
nationalistic tendency, and who can blame them? Their history from is littered with antagonism between Scotland and England, perhaps the 1707 union
being the final kick in the groin. The Welsh, subjugated by the English. The Irish, well do we need a history lesson? Clearly the status quo marks
Northern Ireland as British and the indigenous residents vehemently protect this status but in the great scheme of things it must be considered as
"Irish", withstanding the protocols and assumptions of the union since 1921.
The UK has always been an uneasy union and one that misses the point that we all started off as very separate and distinct ethnic groups, the English
being the most mixed up and ethnically disparate bunch of the lot!
I have a soft spot for Britain, but my county comes first, then my country and then the union.
[edit on 8-5-2009 by SugarCube]