British or European Values? An in/out choice?

Last week I spoke at a conference on Active Citizenship in Prague.

Later I joined an intriguing workshop on the teacher’s role in promoting European values.

I had to admit I wasn’t aware that such a clear statement had been agreed on. I thought we British had cornered the market in promoting values through schools…

So here is the European one in bullet form:

The Union is founded on the values of
• respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality,
• the rule of law and respect for human rights
• pluralism, tolerance, justice, solidarity and non-discrimination.

And here is our government’s summary of Fundamental British Values:

• democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty
• mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

The European version was written fifty years ago at its founding.

It is hard to tell the difference… don’t you think?

It also shows how the last fifty years have done a great job of spreading Fundamental British Values across a previously divided Europe: suggesting that the EU has been a great success for us.

Your views welcomed…

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

One thought on “British or European Values? An in/out choice?

  1. I think there is a shade of difference: that “British” list doesn’t include solidarity and it qualifies liberty as “individual liberty”. Therein lies the British tendency towards “me” rather than “us”, and “I’m all right, Jack” rather than “We’re all in this together.”

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