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What does being British mean to Britain?

The British identity is more attractive to younger people than the elderly, according to analysis of data from the 2011 census,

In England and Wales, the generation least likely to have ticked the box marked "British" to describe their national identity are those who lived through the war and watched the sun set on the British Empire.

More than 20% of people under 60 picked British as their sole identity. Among the over-75s, it was just 13%. Suggestions that the British identity is gradually dying out are contradicted by the statistics.

Home editor Mark Easton explores the analysis for The Editors, a programme which sets out to ask challenging questions.

BBC News: The Editors features the BBC's on-air specialists asking questions which reveal deeper truths about their areas of expertise. Watch it on BBC One on Monday 30 September at 23.20 BST or catch it later on iPlayer or on BBC World News.

  • 30 Sep 2013