How to be British

I have called this talk ‘ How to be British’. I have done so, perhaps, with a slightly satirical intent, for the conservative mind is rightly suspicious of books and pamphlets whose titles begin with the phrase ‘How to…’, If everything that one needed to know could be contained in a ‘how to’ book, life would be very simple, totally programmatic, and the case for conservatism, with its belief in experience history, human frailty and so on, would collapse. I cannot really tell you how to be British. No one can.


Charles Moore - Thursday, 26th October, 1995