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The World Cup has united England. Enjoy it while it lasts | Gaby Hinsliff13 Jul 1:00am

The World Cup has united England. Enjoy it while it lasts | Gaby Hinsliff

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It’s football, not a miracle: but sometimes it’s enough just to live for the moment, however fleeting There is no such thing as the British dream. Or at least, that’s the lesson drawn from years of clunky political attempts to articulate it; to create a version of the romantic story America tells about itself, an identity strong enough to hold a splintering nation together. On paper, Ed Miliband’s attempt while Labour leader sounded reasonable enough. The idea of a British promise – a deep, shared sense that children’s lives should be better than those of their parents – certainly described something missing from the post-crash nation. Yet it felt horribly clumsy for reasons that were hard to pin down at the time – and which, for me, finally swam into focus only earlier this summer when I read the story
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