The challenge for mainstream parties is to express and ground alternative ideas of the English nation and to connect these to a renewed case for the Union.
From the Levellers to Orwell, from the Quakers to Tawney, radicals can take inspiration from a hugely impressive tradition of English social radicalism.
Sport has a reputation for stoking historic enmities, but football has helped to transform the Anglo-German relationship into one of friendly rivalries and mutual respect.
Despite all the wars, bloodshed, victims, and hate, the country still can't come to terms with modernity.
"We in the Labour Party have been too reluctant to talk about England in recent years."
Labour was "too reluctant" to talk about England, Miliband admits.
He's an "old-school socialist" and a Philip Roth fan.
24 per cent associate the St George's Cross with "racism and extremism". How can this be changed?