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Friday, September 12

Here's a story about a great Cornishman ( I expect he would prefer that to being called English ) - just read it.

Mudville Gazette: 911 Remembered: Rick Rescorla was a soldier

Wednesday, September 10

Further to the entry below I have finally found a simple explanation.

One of the most enduring myths in the area of nationality is that British people are 'subjects' rather than 'citizens'. It is not true, and hasn't been true since 1948.
Prior to 1 January 1949, British people were 'British subjects'. As were people in Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and all across the British Empire and Commonwealth. Although the Dominions like Australia and Canada had become independent nations by the late 1940s, they shared a common nationality with the United Kingdom and British colonies.
In the late 1940s it was decided that the Dominions should be able to create their own citizenships for people connected with their territory. Canada had been the first to do so in 1947. The status of British subject would remain, but would generally be held by virtue of citizenship of a Commonwealth country.
In the UK the British Nationality Act 1948 created the status of 'Citizen of the UK and Colonies' for people connected with the UK and its colonies as they were on 1 January 1949. Citizens of the UK and Colonies were also British subjects, as were citizens of other Commonwealth nations. The British also allowed some people from former British India and Southern Ireland to hold the status of British subject independently of holding the citizenshipof any Commonwealth nation.
Under UK law, from 1949 to 1982 the terms 'British subject' and 'Commonwealth citizen' were interchangeable. People from the UK were not just British subjects, but citizens of the UK and Colonies as well.
The British Nationality Act 1981, which came into force on 1 January 1983, ended the use of the term 'British subject' to refer to Commonwealth citizens. People from the UK became British citizens, and there is no reference made to British citizens being also British subjects. Britis"
Reading the essential Free Market Fairy Tales I was amused ( slightly :) ) by his article on citizenship. It has always been a gripe of mine that I was born a British Subject and had citizenship thrust apon me. I want to be a Royal subject not some poxy citizen of a touchy feely republic. I think the difference is between dogs and cats - dogs are subjects and in return for loyalty they are looked after - cats are citizens and while Lib dems may share food with them, and they are allowed to work on farms, no right thinking person really cares for them. I note from Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Majority want to be citizens not subjects: " 60% of British adult voters prefer to see themselves as citizens and only 32% describe themselves as 'royal subjects' despite the fact all adults in Britain share that constitutional status. " which is what I might expect from the Guardian.

But then before I ranted at greater length I thought I had better check on whethert I was a subject, citizen or both - and the answer is far more complicted than I thought or believed possible - see if you can work it out.Home Office Page