Weekend quote – David Goodhart

July 1, 2016
Yossi Sheriff

1st quote

The modern idea of citizenship goes some way to accommodating the tension between solidarity and diversity. Citizenship is not an ethnic, blood and soil concept but a more abstract political idea – implying equal legal, political and social rights (and duties) for people inhabiting a given national space. But citizenship is not just an abstract idea about rights and duties; for most of us it is something we do not choose but are born into – it arises out of a shared history, shared experiences, and, often, shared suffering;

2nd quote
from, Too diverse? Is Britain becoming too diverse to sustain the mutual obligations behind a good society and the welfare state?, David Goodhart