13|04|07: On Britishness

„The British are supposed to be self-doubting rather than self-righteous – since the dissolution of empire, anyway. It’s one of the things I’m most patriotic about. From our awkwardness and embarrassment has sprung a complexity of literature, comedy and pop music that no other country can touch, for all their sunny weather and expressive street carnivals. You don’t get Fawlty Towers, Morrissey and Martin Amis from a nation that likes itself.“

Victoria Coren in „George Osborne, gawd bless yer“, The Observer, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/07/george-osborne-does-mockney-accent