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World Cup flag-waving plus the prospect of the first post-devolution Scottish prime minister have revived the English question. Will it be politicised? If the Tories push for "English votes for English laws," will it unravel the union?

By Arthur Aughey   August 2006

The return of England by Arthur Aughey

Englishness has re-emerged with a sense of grievance. Is it big enough to threaten Britain? According to Philip Larkin, sexual intercourse in England began in the annus mirabilis of 1963, between the ending of the ban on Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the Beatles’ first LP. According to many, something similar happened to English national identity in 1996, the year the European football championship was held in England.

1963 helped to dispel the myth that the English prefer the comfort of a hot water bottle to the delights of sex. 1996 helped to dispel…

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