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Language in politics is notoriously prone to abuse. Given the right intent, truth can be made to sound like lies, and lies made to sound like truth. And when language erodes like this, liberty itself is made vulnerable. This is why politicians, being well aware of this, don’t use the same kind of language as you or I.

When Jihadi John is reported as being ‘British’, the definition of the word dissolves like sugar in hot tea. I don’t believe that is by accident. It is deliberate and we should resist it actively. That is if we are to retain any national reality to defend.

Even if it qualifies as ‘obvious’, one should state it at any given opportunity – to be British is not to have a British passport, or to speak with a London-Caribbean twang. It requires the acceptance of values and beliefs.

If that is ever forgotten, half the battle is already lost.

D, LDN.

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