WHY is it hard for a person to admit to being English? It was heartening to hear recently a black man from Brixton in London accepting that he was English and proud to be so, regardless of his parent's origin.

The best response to someone not admitting to such a truism of their nationality is to ask them if they are Scottish' and if that draws a blank if they are Welsh' which usually produces a confused response and a declaration that they are British - anything but English!

The term English is a political and administrative description and certainly has no relevance to race. Americans are all proud that they are Americans, regardless of their origins.

We are asked to fly the flag and stand upright for our Britishness; and so it should be just as proud to fly the English flag as it is for the Scots and Welsh to display theirs.

GRAHAM WALKER, Ryelands Road, Leominster.