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Billy Bragg: Bragging Rights


Is it possible to be both progressive and patriotic? Billy Bragg argues that from Magna Carta to Euro-scepticism. England is a nation that has been defined by dissent.

Shaped by Billy Bragg’s 2006 book, The Progressive Patriot A Search for Belonging’, part autobiography, part polemic – Billy Bragg considers his own family history and childhood, the influences of thinkers and artists such as George Orwell, Rudyard Kipling and The Clash, and reflects on how they have shaped his sense of Englishness. He also examines the historical impact of such things as Magna Carta, the civil war and the miners’ strike on the formation of the country’s national consciousness.