Home Secretary Jack Straw says the English had used their "propensity to violence to subjugate Ireland, Wales and Scotland" on the Radio 4 programme Brits.
Mr Straw will describe the English as "potentially very aggressive, very violent" and will "increasingly articulate their Englishness following devolution."
Jack Straw, April 2008:
Above all, for me, England is its tolerance and humour unique in itself — confident mocking of what we hold dear. Yes. I am sentimental about England. I am proud to be of England.