PRZETŁUMACZ NA JĘZYK POLSKI
Has Britain got an identity crisis ?
Now that the United Kingdom's lates population statistic are availabe ,Terry Bleather ask , "Do the British know who they are? "
To the rest of the world,people from the UK are British. But it's suprising to learn that only 31 percent of people in the Uk say they are just British.In fact ,nearly half the population say their nationality is something else -English ,Scottish,Welsh ,Irish or perhaps Vietnamese ,Indian or Somali.Some people ,about 16 percent ,even say that they have two nationalites : they are British, but also Scottish or Chinese.There are hundreads of possibilities ! Are we confused ? Is it a problem?
No,it doesn't seem to be.Britain in changing all the time and we are not just tolerant of differences -we are proud of them. We enjoy the diversity that multiculturalism gives us.The ethnic groups that exist in the UK bring with them at least six major religions , including Christianity ,Islam ,Hinduism ,Buddhism ,Skinhism and Judaism.Each community contributes its own culture and language.Britain still has two official languages ; English and Welsh ,but we speak many more - approximately 150 in fact -from Mandarin Chinese to Urdu.Many of us are even bilingual.
And then there's the fun stuff that cultural diversity brings ,in music , food and the arts.The days of fish and chips are behind us,as a walk around the capital shows.Almost every district has Lebanese ,Chinese ,Thai and Vietnamese restaurants. Thousands of Londoners visit the Notthing Hill Carnival every year to dance to steel bands,reggae ,soca ,calypso and jazz.Our cinemas show films from India and South America and thousandas of people fill our pubs and clubs to listen to everything from Irish dance bands to African hip-hop. Welcome to New Britain :a confident ,tolerant country which is proud of its many cultures.