English for Yes
If you’d like to take part, email us with an outline of your idea.
The referendum affects everybody.
As Jonathan Freedland writes debating English national identity:
“I have slipped seamlessly from English to British and back again. Since those who live in England account for 85% of those who live in Britain, it can be hard not to. Come 18 September, that habit will surely have to be broken once and for all, whether the Scots vote yes or no to independence. The referendum asks a question of the English as well as the Scots, demanding they define more precisely who they are, beyond being citizens of the UK. “
The consequences for individuals aren’t just about national identity, though, they’re about politics. Deborah Orr has written (‘Scottish independence would change England more than Scotland‘):
“If Scotland leaves the union, the collapse of political stability in England will accelerate. A pro-independence vote is a pro-democracy vote, and it’s a shame that it falls to the Scots to shake England from its slumber.”
Whatever your reason, whatever your story, we are keen to give space for your voice.
The result will have a lasting impact, North and South of the border,a and the decision has more to do with what values you hod than where you were born. Iain Macwhirter writes:
“Scotland’s referendum is a defining moment for UK social democracy, a make or break moment for a civilised society. It has fallen to Scots to make a decision that will resonate cross the entire UK. Far from abandoning England to the mercies of neo-Liberal Tories, a Yes vote will show that social democracy is still alive in North Britain. It wil show that prejudice and xenophobia need not be the driving forces of politics; that the power of capital can be challenged and that countries can depart from the nuclear club”.
The series launches on Tuesday and we ask for contributions of between 600-800 words.