Latest Issue

England, my England!

As Michael Wood's "Story of England" debuts this week on BBC4, Maurice Glasman wonders whether Wood leaves the greatest questions unasked

By Maurice Glasman   October 2010

Wat Tyler is killed by the Lord Mayor of London during the peasants revolt of 1381

The Story of England by Michael Wood (Viking, £20)

There is a political void where England should be. While Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland enjoy devolved government, the English do not govern themselves. Parliament, the traditional assembly of the English people, represents the union and not the nation. England, as a political nation, has no body and it cannot speak.

England poses difficult political questions for progressives. Football and the monarchy are the popular focus of English nationalism, and the expression of support for…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect