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David Brooks, a senior editor at the US political magazine The Weekly Standard, finds the Millennium Experience exemplifies the best and worst of contemporary culture

By David Brooks   July 1998

The Weekly Standard

13th April 1998

Does any country have more reason to be proud of itself than Britain? Twenty-five years ago its economy was a shambles, the IMF had to take over its fiscal policy, and its people lived in cold flats with bad plumbing. Today, Britain has one of the most vibrant economies in the world. The nation’s capital is gleaming and its culture is dynamic. Yet the country is tongue-tied on one subject: itself.

Britain’s elites are so afraid of sounding like John Bull superpatriots that they can’t express mature national pride or subtle ideas about…

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