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What are “British values”?

The suggestion that public servants swear an oath to them is intriguing—and not in a good way

By Jay Elwes  

Does Britishness exist and if not does it matter?

Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, said recently that he wants all public servants to swear an oath of office in which they agree to abide by British Values. Writing in the Sunday Times newspaper, Javid said that: “We can’t expect new arrivals to embrace British values if those of us who are already here don’t do so ourselves, and such an oath would go a long way to making that happen.”

It’s an intriguing…

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