Bearing in mind my current, completely unscientific poll on national identity, the latest Sunday Times/You Gov survey on the same subject makes for some interesting reading.
So, the basic figures for England, Scotland and Wales are that:
42% consider themselves primarily British
As this was an either/or question, I think those are rather promising results from a Unionist point of view, especially taking into consideration the further breakdown in terms of age- in the age group of 18-54, a majority considered themselves primarily as British.
Regionally, in England and Wales as whole, it’s almost neck and neck, with an average of 44% considering themselves British, 43.6 English.
Scotland’s figures are rather starker in that regard, with a 22-68 breakdown in terms of British/Scottish. But bearing in mind that is an either/or choice and also taking into account recent apocalyptic assessments that something like only 5% in Scotland regard themselves as primarily British, I don’t think it’s anything too much to worry about.
What is perhaps most interesting is on what side of the fence the supporters of the three main parties fall:
Of those who intend to vote to vote Labour in England, 45% regard themselves as British, 34% English.
For the Liberal-Democrats it’s a whopping 52% versus 34% in favour of Britishness.
But for the Tories, the party of the Union, the True Blue Brits, it’s 40% British, 51% English. With the Conservatives soon to make a decision on how they attempt to solve the Devolution Democratic Deficit, that is perhaps the only worrying stat in this particular survey.
And the most puzzling one?
3% of the population believes that a love of British food best sums up what it means to be British.
Who are these people?