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The British are the new Irish

The British have found a story about themselves that suits their reduced circumstances

By David Goodhart  

Olympics 2012 opening ceremoy Source: Matt Lancashire/Wikimedia

I was on a deadline throughout the Olympic games. I was rushing to finish the first draft of a book that is partly about national identity. So my work schedule had to compete both with my desire to follow the astonishing success of Team GB and to observe the national mood.

One thing I did forgo in the interests of my deadline was reading the newspapers. And having just worked through a big pile of them I can report that much…

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