LETTER : Real oak

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The Independent Online
The "English oak" on the front of the Review is transmuted over the page into "the British oak", and is discussed thereafter as a symbol of "British" nationhood. It is not: the oak is a venerable symbol of England. Such confusions show the historic tendency on the part of the English to think of Britain as a kind of Greater England.

Alan MacColl

St Andrews, Fife

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