This Sceptre'd Isle
Tea overflows with themes of Britishness. Class, ritual, empire, all the components of our national character that make us who we are today. Immediately there is a sense of the past tense, of history when Britain was a powerful Empire, an industrial powerhouse, a society that upheld an hereditary class structure. How times change. My working life began with Thatcher announcing the end of society.I await the definition of Big Society.If I was truly working class I would still live in the red brick terraces of the industrial Midlands. If I was truly middle-class I could sneer at the masses holidaying at fading seaside resorts. I wish I knew my place.
Keith Ash • David Garner • Rebecca Nash • Ross Rawlings • Gemma Wyer •