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In a speech on 'liberty' at the University of Westminster, Gordon Brown outlined his vision for 'Britishness'. Brown is, of course, a Scot. Listing the achievements of so-called 'British liberty' from Magna Carta to the Reform Act of 1832, he announced a debate on what it means to be British. Brown's vision, however, amounts to nothing more than reactionary politics dressed in liberal-radical language.